The Energy and Climate Change Group (ECCG) started off their meeting discussing climate emergency declarations across the regions to get an understanding of what other National and Regional governments are doing in response to the demands of declaring an emergency.

The group reviewed the suggested priority areas for the new NSC Strategy and provided excellent feedback on what needed to be addressed. One point raised was ensuring we make the new strategy specific to ensure we address the unique selling points of the region, for example, Blue Hydrogen generation and use of old infrastructure for new generation. Also discussed were the challenges around climate change adaptation and globalisation – how exporting and importing goods and services will be impacted and addressed in the future.

The NSC position paper on Hydrogen was discussed and updates will be made to the paper. Focus has currently been on transport but working machinery also has an influence on climate and the multipurpose use of hydrogen brings with it a large supply chain of opportunities. The influence of the paper can be measured through Hydrogen now being fully considered by the European Commission.

The group also received a presentation from Francesco Catte (CMPR) on the CPMR Task Force on Climate Change, which was created in 2016. The Task Force’s main working activities are: policy positions, technical notes, and hosts task force meetings 2-3 times a year. The focus moving forward will be: EU & International Developments, Climate Financing, Cooperation, and the Integrated National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs). The NECPs define Member State’s climate & energy policies from 2021 to 2030 and reviewing these are a key action of the Task Force group this year.

Francesco Catte, CMPR, at the ECCG meeting