Kicked off in September 2021, the new Horizon 2020 project REMARKABLE will build leadership capacity in 7 regions across Europe through its Climate Leadership Programme.
A central issue with climate leadership relates to the lack of identifiable leaders at a municipality level. While some communities are trying to focus on mitigation and adaptation strategies, they are frequently lacking the strong leadership that will help them achieve a robust response. By creating a network of climate leaders, REMARKABLE Climate Leaders will minimise the gap in leadership capacity needed to achieve the strategic goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
With the aim to establish a network of 320 current and emerging climate leaders by 2024, Regional Energy Agencies will support local leaders to take the next step in achieving carbon neutrality. Through their actions and inspiration, climate leaders will inspire their municipalities, public authorities, communities and regions to transform their approaches.
The Climate Emergency and Energy Transition agendas require clear leadership, ambition, courage and commitment. REMARKABLE Climate Leaders will build new leadership capacity in 120 actors from 7 countries in Europe through a Climate Leadership Programme (CLP). The CLP will be inspired by ethnographic research and will be designed with and for leaders across public authorities, municipalities, civil society and politics.
The CLP will be co-created by the leaders, thus creating and providing new leadership skills. Through a people-centred approach, REMARKABLE Climate Leaders will use ethnography addressing key characteristics, drivers and behaviors of pioneering leaders, research the challenges i.e. lack of knowledge, capacity, organizational support which presently constrain the implementation of current and emerging strategies.
REMARKABLE will address the leadership gap directly and will produce a Climate Neutrality Guide for Public Authorities. To translate strategic aspirations and policy ambitions into concrete and disruptive far-reaching measures, 60 roadmaps for public authorities will be created within the REMARKABLE Climate Leaders project. The 7 regional energy agencies involved in the project will develop 14 climate neutrality services to expand their roles as change agents in the Clean Energy Transition and Climate Neutrality.
Climate Neutrality Training, Climate One Stop Shops, Coaching, Activation are some of the proposed new services expected to emerge REMARKABLE Climate Leaders will exploit its outcomes and results through the creation of an EU Climate Leaders Circle.
The REMARKABLE Climate Leaders Circle will create synergies with existing networks and initiatives to support and enhance their impacts, complementing the technical, financial and policy capacity building agendas with new knowledge on Leadership and Climate Neutrality. The Climate Leaders Circle will have 320 leaders from across Europe. Innovative activities will be done within the Circle, such as Climate Neutrality Challenge which will be an event organised for young climate leaders to target new innovations and ideas.
The REMARKABLE Climate Leaders project sets 6 clear objectives:
REMARKABLE Climate Leaders will build new leadership capacity across Europe through a Climate Leadership Programme designed with and for climate leaders. Through a people-centred approach, Regional Energy Agencies will support leaders of public authorities and communities in implementing transformational roadmaps and innovative solutions to achieve climate neutrality.