June 24, 2022
The webinar “Moving towards fossil-free districts: What’s in it for my city?” that was held on 16 June was the occasion to launch the Energy Cities’ Hub “Fossil-free districts and buildings” aiming at ensuring our energy system’s stability through diversified local renewable energy sources, strong energy public services & improved energy efficiency & sufficiency.
In this webinar, the participants gained greater insights on what is at stake for cities when we talk about fossil-free cities. They also got the opportunity to meet other municipalities and discuss key elements to move forward in the decarbonisation of heating and cooling systems and of the built environment.
How do Energy Cities’ Hubs work?
Each Hub is organised around a set of four activities. For the Fossil Free Cities, this means:
What are the policy priorities?
One of the overarching policy goals is to have a good reflection of the local level in the national strategies. To transition to future-proof cities and territories, the scales of districts and buildings are key, especially to show the door to gas and other fossil fuels. This will translate in sub-goals, which are:
Regarding the question of staff needs, Energy Cities recently released a study “How many people do we need in local authorities for the buildings’ transition?”, and launched the #LocalStaff4Climate campaign with its core partners to urge national governments of EU Member States and the European Commission to:
What will cities concretely get out of this hub?
Concretely, cities within this hub will develop knowledge and skills on three main topics:
Setting the right frame for the decarbonisation (through mapping and planning, using local resources, developing strategic roadmaps, exploring techno-economic possibilities)
Decarbonising the built environment (through building renovation, energy efficiency and sufficiency, funding, biomaterials, etc.)
Members will benefit from the capitalisation on past and ongoing projects (tools, guidelines, and knowledge sharing). Those projects have specific focus on topics such as developing positive energy districts (Cities4PEDs), planning tools (HotMaps), transition roadmaps (Decarb City Pipe 2050), building renovation and efficiency (Efficient Buildings Community with a focus on the Mediterranean area, EEW4), financing renovation (ORFEE), or affordable housing (Shape–EU).
Have a look at our upcoming activities, and don’t forget to register for Energy Cities’ Hubs for more information!
Contact Amélie Ancelle (“fossil-free cities” Hub Coordinator), for any question you might have: firstname.lastname@example.org