Champions League 2012 Ceremony, Rome announcement: Scotland to join
The time has come again to reveal among the best renewable municipalities over Europe: the award ceremony of RES Champions League will take place in the Parliament in Rome (Italy) on the 5th of July 2012.
The third season of the RES Champions League has shown the maturity of the action (read the recent report published late 2011) and prepared major changes to be implemented from the next season. By early 2013, new national RES leagues will join the RES Champions League, including Austria, Belgium, Romania, Scotland and Slovenia in the European contest. But also rules will be revised towards getting the possibility to identify (roughly) the percentage of coverage of the energy consumption by local RES production. And eventually the 100% RES communities leading the path to the energy transition from the ground.
As the Covenant of Mayors movement is growing stronger everyday, the RES Champions League participates in highlighting the front-runners and willing municipalities over Europe. Already now, local authorities gather in national Covenant clubs to exchange their experiences and even local energy alliances are created to promote politically the principles of decentralised energy. In a consistent and coordinated movement, rural communities and actors also gather at Europe level through the Rurener network and its forthcoming national clubs. Local authorities gather momentum and are now eventually starting to feel the wind of change.
As an introduction to the award ceremony of RES Champions League, this very political issue will be tackled by a panel of leading figures from Italy composed of Tullio Fanelli, Undersecretary of Ministry for Environment, Lucio Battistotti, Director of the Italian delegation of European Commission, and Francesco Ferrante, Member of Italian Parliament. Their speeches will be introduced by Edoardo Zanchini, Vice President of Legambiente Onlus and Yannick Regnier, Project Coordinator at CLER. Legambiente Onlus striving pro-actively for the development of the RES Champions League, as a logical expansion of the work done on their yearly report on italian “renewable municipalities”. After two first ceremonies in Dunkerque (France) and Prague (Czech republic), the idea to move in Italy for the third ceremony was therefore fairly natural.
Not only a few speeches are planned in the programme of events, but also many networking opportunities between champions and partners of RES Champions League. The warm atmosphere of Rome ancient streets may liven the exchanges and give birth to further European cooperation projects. On Friday 6th July, Legambiente Onlus will arrange a study tour to an exemplary farm with a biogas plant in Latina, 70 km far from Rome. To combine knowledge with pleasure, a visit to the Green Schooner, the ship used by Legambiente for their summer campaign to raise awareness and monitor the quality of bathing water, and the tasting of typical products from Lazio region are also part of the programme.
For sure, this ceremony will introduce at best the summer period of our fellow European champions! And again justify the friendly motto of RES Champions League: “play with us, play now!”