Supporting positive energy territories in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes through climate leadership

We talked with Catherine Premat, Head of Territorial Projects & Green Public Procurement at the Regional Energy Agency Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, about local climate leaders in France leading the way to ecological transition.

Supporting positive energy territories in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes through climate leadership

REMARKABLE Climate Leaders aims at identifying climate leadership across European regions. According to you, what are the main attributes of a climate leader?

Firstly, a climate leader is convinced and determined to get all the players on board to make the necessary change of gear to face the climate emergencies.

Secondly, a leader has a desire to support and co-construct with territorial actors and other leaders better environment.

Thirdly, a leader is engaged in concrete actions on their territory and support long-standing actions.

Climate leaders inspire municipalities, local structures and citizens to address climate change and take meaningful action.

Catherine Premat

As you have just mentioned, there is a need to take actions to address climate change. What is the current situation in your region that could be tackled with the help of climate leaders?

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes supports around forty territories in achieving the objectives of positive energy territories before 2050. To achieve these goals throughout the region, it is necessary to rely on some people to lead public in a collective project. The climate leaders will help to increase regional capacity for action on the ecological transition, help regional actors to better understand the territories, and engage in the evolution of regional policy thinking from time to time.

Since 1978 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes agency (AURA-EE) has been promoting sustainable energies in the region. How is your agency helping climate leaders nowadays?

The regional energy agency AURA-EE provides technical support, creates links between actors, highlights and shares good practices, mobilises regional institutions and develops tools to assist the management of the transition of territories.

In our region, climate leadership is reflected in concrete actions on many issues: energy sufficiency plan, inclusive mobility, the greening of cities, improvement of air quality, involvement of citizens in developing actions, awareness raising, and such.

Why do you think REMARKABLE is what your local leaders and communities need?

The leaders we interviewed for the REMARKABLE Climate Leaders project told us about their need to share experiences, gain knowledge and inspiration from other leaders and experts, find new ways to involve several actors in a territory, be visible and legitimate at a regional level, and more. All the things that REMARKABLE can bring to people who want to move the lines.

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