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Energy renovation of buildings in the French recovery plan

Energy renovation of buildings in the French recovery plan

An opportunity to be seized and pitfalls to be avoided

While proposals for France’s recovery plans abound, the challenge now is to identify the most effective levers for combining economic recovery with scaling-up of highly performant deep retrofits, which is a prerequisite for moving onto a convergent path with France’s national low-carbon strategy.

The great forward comeback from economy to oeconomy

The great forward comeback from economy to oeconomy

Guest article by Pierre Calame, honorary president of the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind.

How the economy should be resuscitated post-Covid 19 is already a subject of hot debate. But have its terms been properly framed? Nothing is less […]

European City Facility

Get financial support and services for your local sustainable energy projects! We are proud to coordinate this one-of-a-kind facility that will help towns overcome critical barriers, develop credible investment packages and mobilise finance.


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Designing a mobility strategy for energy

Designing a mobility strategy for energy

A plain English guide to Smart Sector Integration

What’s the first thing you do when developing a mobility plan for a city? You look at a map. Lots of maps, ideally. You look […]

FOCUS on our Ukrainian member cities Lviv and Mariupol

FOCUS on our Ukrainian member cities Lviv and Mariupol

On the agenda: Green Cities, the Gold Award and innovation

Our Ukrainian member cities are engaged at the European and local levels. Both have signed the Covenant of Mayors and are active members of a […]

Help us shape the future of the Covenant of Mayors movement

Help us shape the future of the Covenant of Mayors movement

Until 15 September, all local and regional governments across Europe are invited to influence the developments of the Covenant of Mayors through an online survey.

2020 stands out as a peculiar year for Europe. It is indeed a key moment, as the EU should evaluate whether we are on track […]

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How Local Authorities can encourage citizen participation in energy transitions

Including citizens in energy systems

The aim of this report is to consider how Local Authorities can better engage with publics as a part of the energy transition in a meaningful way and support the active participation of citizens in energy systems and the energy transition. The report informes by energy Social Science and Humanities literature as a means of recognising that the energy transition is not merely a technological transition, but a social one.

Impact Report 2019

How Energy Cities energised policy, people & places

2019 began with the launch of the Energy Cities manifesto ‘Claiminga Crisis’ and it ended with the launch of the European Green Deal. Those two events are related. In between people from every level of government and from around the world gathered in Heidelberg for the International Conference on Climate Action. Together, because we must always act together, all levels of government signed the Partnership Declaration on Collaborative Climate Action.

City pathways to low-carbon models

MOLOC - MOrphologies LOw Carbon

This document synthesizes the major processes and events of the urban pathways to low-carbon models, each city will be highlighted individually for its unique context. Some basic information will help to paint the picture of each city along with their MOLOC actions and stakeholders.


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.

People with city map

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Tine de Moor

« We have lost a lot of our capacity to cooperate.”

Tine de Moor, academic historian, University of Utrecht

Sometimes it’s good to look into history when we want to better see the future. That’s why we’ve interviewed the Belgian academic historian Tine de […]

Ciarán Cuffe

EU Climate Law – More dialogue and ambition needed

Ciarán Cuffe, Member of the European Parliament

As EU lawmakers are debating the forthcoming first “Climate Law” to enshrine the climate neutrality target into legislation, our colleague Adrian Hiel talked to MEP […]

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