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New contest to recognise leading cities in clean energy

New contest to recognise leading cities in clean energy

Will an Energy Cities member be the first city in the Fully Charged Hall of Fame?

Fully Charged, the world’s most popular Clean Energy and Electric Vehicle Programme and Podcast, has announced a new contest to ‘shine a light on cities […]

EU’s Recovery Package garners praise, but what’s in it?

EU’s Recovery Package garners praise, but what’s in it?

An unprecedented spending package passes its first step, still needs further approvals

The Economist, famous for its reserved language, called the EU’s new budget and accompanying recovery package a ‘landmark event’. Not to be outdone, the Dalai […]

A green wave in the municipal elections

A green wave in the municipal elections

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

This was this month’s headline news in France, but not only, which is probably even more revealing. The municipal elections held in late June in […]

Funding and financing opportunities: Two new guides from the Covenant of Mayors

Funding and financing opportunities: Two new guides from the Covenant of Mayors

Two new publications on Financial Institutions Instruments & EU Funding Programme

The Covenant of Mayors – Europe Office, led by Energy Cities, develops publications that help cities and towns get a better understanding of the financing […]

Do you want to create a living street?

Do you want to create a living street?

We are looking for cities in Portugal and Greece

Energy Cities is supporting local authorities in Croatia, Greece and Portugal in developing living streets concepts together th their citizens. Thanks to the EUKI Living […]

The EU Commission’s Hydrogen Prescription for System Integration

The EU Commission’s Hydrogen Prescription for System Integration

New strategies launched pushing energy efficiency and targeting sectors difficult to decarbonise

The European Commission’s new hydrogen strategy and energy system integration strategy have been launched. The two strategies work together. The hydrogen strategy is about developing […]

Decarbonising cities: local resources first!

Decarbonising cities: local resources first!

Heating and cooling strategies are key

Last week, we held the final conference of the Hotmaps project. The event took place entirely online to avoid any health risks, but it included […]

No more fossil fuels for new buildings in Vienna

No more fossil fuels for new buildings in Vienna

Energy Cities' member launches climate protection areas

The Austrian capital – and Energy Cities’ member – recently took a big step towards its decarbonised energy future and started to phase out fossil […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling.

Greta Thunberg, Climate activist

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