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Innovative solutions for a low-carbon city

Innovative solutions for a low-carbon city

The results of the MOLOC Project

MOLOC, “Morphologies Low Carbon”, is a European project co-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme. It is led by the City of Lille and includes the […]

Democratic public ownership: free digital course on best practices

Democratic public ownership: free digital course on best practices

Sign up to mPOWER Digital

The online course will enable participants to learn from cities that are leading the energy transition and provide plenty of opportunities to exchange municipal power […]

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Energy Forum

Our next annual conference will take place in Heerlen, The Netherlands, on April 22-24 2020!


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position papers
From the Green Deal to Glasgow – all the important 2020 dates for your calendar

From the Green Deal to Glasgow – all the important 2020 dates for your calendar

From the launch of the Green Deal on Dec. 11, 2019 to the UNFCCC’s Glasgow CoP 26 conference beginning Nov. 9th, 2020 we are at […]

Laundry, Sufficiency and the Climate Pact

Laundry, Sufficiency and the Climate Pact

Why a sufficiency-first approach to the Green Deal is needed for cities

I have two little boys and in our family photos they look like little angels. They are not. They are little savages. They fight, throw […]

1990 – 2020 – 2050

1990 – 2020 – 2050

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

A new decade, the « year of no return » for climate action, which is starting with gigantic fires in the Southern hemisphere… But I will not […]

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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.

Boosting energy retrofits in condominiums

Approaches for local authorities to facilitate change

Through this guide, partners from the EU-funded ACE Retrofitting project share their learnings on how to act as facilitators between co-owners in condominiums and building experts when it comes to energy retrofits.

The HOTMAPS toolbox

Supporting strategic heating & cooling planning at local level

This brochure will guide you through strategic heat planning. You will find out how the Hotmaps toolbox works and how it suppor tedthe pilot cities in their urban energy planning.


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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Sofie Verhoeven

City Stories Podcast: The magic of trial-and-error to empower citizens

Sofie Verhoeven, City of Ghent

Last December we have met Sofie Verhoeven in her office in the city hall of Ghent. Sofie is in charge of citizen participation in this beautiful and vibrant city in the Flemish part of Belgium. Ghent counts over 500 local initiatives, including one of the most pioneering renewable community neighbourhood.

Michèle Jacobs

Leuven Lessons: High hopes, high risk, and a medieval city as a modern construction site.

Interview with Michèle Jacobs, in charge of relations with stakeholders of Leuven 2030

“I do it for my children and I want to be able to look them in the eye and tell them that I tried and […]

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