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5 takeaways from the EIB’s new energy lending policy

5 takeaways from the EIB’s new energy lending policy

What the European Investment Bank's new funding policy will bring for cities' energy transition

We won! After months of lobbying by Energy Cities and the Fossil Free EIB campaign, Europe’s public bank has adopted a new funding policy. It is good news! But what will it bring for cities’ energy transition?

The link between carving plates, the great collapse, and the Dutch city of Heerlen

The link between carving plates, the great collapse, and the Dutch city of Heerlen

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

Imagine my surprise at seeing a new personal development magazine with a “survivalist” editorial line instead of the usual “learn how to breathe properly and […]

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Energy Cities is a network of over 1,000 local governments in 30 countries. We believe that the energy transition is about more than renewable energy or great technologies: it is about a wise use of resources while strengthening local participation and well-being in a democratic Europe.

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How to improve your city’s heating and cooling sector?

How to improve your city’s heating and cooling sector?

Check out these free resources and training opportunities!

Energy Cities is involved in the projects HeatNet North West Europe (HeatNet NWE) and Hotmaps, aiming at making heating and cooling greener and more efficient/affordable […]

How can local and national governments accelerate energy retrofitting in condominiums?

How can local and national governments accelerate energy retrofitting in condominiums?

Get insights from practitioners during the ACE-Retrofitting Conference

According to Eurostat 2017, 42% of the European population currently live in flats (condominiums, multi-owned properties, tenements, social housing, etc.). Retrofitting condominiums (tenements and flatted […]

Plymouth: citizen-led approaches to municipal retrofit

Plymouth: citizen-led approaches to municipal retrofit

A lasting relationship built between City Council and residents

Guest author Laura Williams works for Carbon Co-op, a UK-based energy services and advocacy co-operative. Like Energy Cities, the organisation is part of the mPower […]

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LIFE PlanUp report on good practices in energy and climate governance

A guidebook on public participation in the EU national energy and climate plans

This new report from the LIFE PlanUp project provides guidance to national policymakers on how to involve cities, civil society, the public and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of EU national energy and climate plans.

Cities and civil society as allies for the energy transition in the EU and US

Lessons for successful civil society engagement

When it comes to efforts to address complex global challenges such as climate change, it is clear that a transatlantic partnership is needed as a prerequisite for any viable solution.

National Energy and Climate Plans

Cities' leading role in the European energy transition not acknowledged

This report intends to present the results of an analysis led in order to determine to which extent European cities were involved in the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) drafting process and local energy and climate actions are taken into consideration by Member States in their NECPs.

ENERGY TRANSITION STUDY TOURS

Plan a thematic sightseeing with your colleagues through any of our member cities to get equipped with new strategic ideas for your own city. We prepare tailor-made programmes based on your expectations on whom to meet, what to see and learn. Energy Cities’ broad knowledge of European local actions and its network of players built over the last 30 years enables us to organise the perfect trip for your delegation of public servants or elected people.

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Julia Girardi-Hoog

“We need some really courageous goal setting. Cooperation helps.”

Interview with Julia Girardi-Hoog from Vienna Housing Department

Crowned the world’s most liveable city in 2018 it is easy to assume that when it comes to cooperation with other cities, it’s more about what they can learn from the Austrian capital than vice-versa – but that’s not the way Julia Girardi-Hoog, who works for the Department for Urban Renewal in Vienna, describes things.

Bo Frank

“The best thing for EU countries to do is to increase the CO2 tax.”

Interview with Bo Frank, Lord Mayor of Växjö in Sweden

His city’s name is unpronounceable, but “Väk-tchö” resonates whenever local fossil-free strategies are being discussed. Bo Frank, its Lord Mayor, is proud of “the world’s […]

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