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European City Facility – First call for applications is open

European City Facility – First call for applications is open

Submit an application to get funding for your sustainable energy investment concept!

The European City Facility supports municipalities (local authorities) and their groupings from the EU-27 and the UK in developing investment concepts for sustainable energy. The […]

Two fights at a time: Cities’ combined responses to the sanitary and climate crises

Two fights at a time: Cities’ combined responses to the sanitary and climate crises

Local actions for a greener & healthier future!

After almost 3 months, most European cities are now slowly coming out of lockdown, trying to instil some “normality” back into their citizens’ life. At […]

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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Energy Cities’ Live Chats – Exchanging views on energy transition topics

Energy Cities’ Live Chats – Exchanging views on energy transition topics

As a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the network with the current constraints, we have launched “Locked down but powered up!”, a series […]

The power of the ephemeral

The power of the ephemeral

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

Torn between contradictory orders to “build the world of tomorrow” while trying to get back to some kind of “normality”, this period continues to leave […]

Leuven and Poreč join Energy Cities

Leuven and Poreč join Energy Cities

Meet our new members!

We are very happy to welcome the city of Leuven (Belgium) and Poreč – Parenzo (Croatia) to our network. Both municipalities are committed to advancing […]

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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.

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Geert Vanhorebeek

“The benefits of renewable energy should be harvested by everyone.”

Geert Vanhorebeek from Leuven, Belgium

Before Covid-19 turned our lives upside down, we met with Geert Vanhorebeek in the Belgium old university town of Leuven. Geert is the city’s sustainable […]

Pierre Larrouturou

EU Climate Law – Ensuring the Green Deal is not just green washing

Pierre Larrouturou, Member of the European Parliament

As the European Commission has released their proposal for a European Climate Law, in the view to “write into law the goal set out in […]

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