• 23 Jun 2022

    Joining forces to provide cities the staff needed to meet their climate ambitions!

    This is always one of the first obstacles that local governments mention when they talk about their climate transition: they lack staff to draft their plans or SECAPs, leverage funds, implement all projects, engage with their local stakeholders, business and citizens or give them advice for their private buildings. The campaign #LocalStaff4Climate is the opportunity for local governments to make their voices heard at European and national levels on this issue!

    In the building sector only,

    in order to meet the 2030 targets, an average of 214,000 additional full-time equivalent (FTE) are needed over the period 2022-2030 in the EU in the local administrations or their energy and climate agencies. This is about 2.5 additional FTE per year in each local government over the next 9 years.

    Figures per EU Member States, obstacles and recommendations are outlined in the Energy cities’ recent publication “Human capacity in local Governments: the bottleneck of the building stock transition” (available in ENG, FR, DE, IT, POL, ES).

    The positions to be filled for the decarbonisation of buildings are diverse and cannot make sense at any other level than the local level, for example: energy analysts, project managers, urban developers, engineers, experts in citizen and stakeholder engagement, energy advisers, communication officers, public building experts, social housing experts. Portraits of local employees can be found here.

    In terms of costs for municipalities,

    this will be around €16 billion per year in average at the EU level for the period 2022-2030 for the building sector. It represents an increase of 53% of the employee expenditures of local governments for the building and climate sectors, which clearly call for an adjustment of budgets.

    Timing is important.

    Cities first need the human resources and can then develop projects. Skilled staff are needed to leverage funds and coordinate projects in the long term. Additionally, the faster these people are hired and trained the lower the overall costs of the city transformations needed to meet the EU’s climate goals and maintain a habitable planet.

    Energy Cities and its core partners FEDARENE, Eurocities, ICLEI, Climate Alliance, ECODES and Polish Network Energy Cités (PNEC) call local governments and energy agencies, NGOs and other organisations to join the campaign #LocalStaff4Climate. In the manifesto, opened for signatories, they are calling for more local staff for future-proof municipalities and urge to national governments of EU Member States and the EU to:

    1. Finance the recruitment of municipal and local public bodies staff
    2. Make jobs more appealing and support local pooling of expertise
    3. Provide training and reallocation programmes to upskill municipal and related local public bodies staff
    4. Provide a framework enabling local governments to develop their own green budget, investments, and workforce.

    To engage:

    • Read and sign the manifesto as already many local governments, cities’ associations and organisations in Europe.

    • Visit the campaign website (ENG, FR, IT, DE, ES, POL) with the full study and detailed figures per EU country

    • Participate in the multilevel webinar on 4th of July “How to give cities the staffing means for their climate ambitions?” with Mr Frank SIEBERN-THOMAS ( Directorate General of Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, European Commission ), Mrs Kata TÜTTŐ (Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Vice-President of PES Committee of the Regions), and Mrs Aurore COLIN (Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE).