The European Union’s (EU) Committee of the Regions said delivering climate change targets was ‘simply unattainable without local and regional authorities’.
Committee members backed the EU’s position to find an international agreement by 2015 that limited global warming below two degrees.
Manchester city councillor and committee member Neil Swannick said: ‘Cities and regions are on the frontline when it comes to responding to extreme weather events and climate change.
‘Only by harnessing all our efforts at local, regional, national and EU level can we hope to achieve the changes needed.
‘The allocation of 20% of the EU budget for climate-related spending must be taken up by regional and local authorities for local action to underpin the hoped-for global agreement in Paris in 2015.’