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Women and energy

Women and energy

Can renewable energy communities contribute to the empowerment of women?

Women still remain underrepresented in the energy sector. Rosalie, trainee at Energy Cities, led an exploratory study to analyse if renewable energy communities manage to […]

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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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European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

New draft energy lending policy might turn the EIB into EU's first climate bank by end of 2020

In its draft describing the new energy lending policy published today, the European Investment Bank takes a big step for climate action. Will it be able to stick to its promise?

Is it a crime to be an optimist?

Is it a crime to be an optimist?

Policy brief by Claire Roumet

It could be the object of the philosophy test of school year 2018/2019 but it actually is one of the questions I’m most often asked […]

Join our free peer-to-peer learning modules on innovative financing

Join our free peer-to-peer learning modules on innovative financing

PROSPECT H2020 has launched its fourth and last call for applications. Don’t miss it!

Since 2017, PROSPECT enables the exchange of knowledge and experience between EU cities and regions, on innovative financing schemes for their local projects on energy […]

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National Energy and Climate Plans fail to acknowledge cities’ leading role in the European energy transition

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.

Investment needs for the local energy transition

The case of five european cities: Ghent, Frederikshavn, Bordeaux-Métropole, Sevilla and Tallinn

This publication is relying on five examples of European cities,that are frontrunners in the local energy transition and which have put a number on their investment needs by 2050 in order to succeed in their transition. Through our case studies of the cities Ghent, Frederikshavn, Bordeaux-Métropole, Sevilla and Tallinn, all signatories of the Covenant of Mayors-Europe initiative, we have identified the local investment needs for the energy transition in different geographical, socio-economic and sectorial circumstances.

How cities can back renewable energy communities

Guidelines for local and regional policy makers

Community energy can encompass a number of different aspects and activities. Attempts to define the concept have been made. by various organisations, which defines it as “the economic and operational participation and/or ownership by citizens or members of a defined community in a renewable energy project.”.


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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