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Climate district Waldsee

Climate district Waldsee

A pilot district-approach to climate protection in Freiburg

Our German member Freiburg recently launched a pilot project to involve the inhabitants, schools and organisations of the district of Waldsee in the fight against […]

Collective self-consumption to fight energy poverty

Collective self-consumption to fight energy poverty

A success story from Italy

The Italian municipality of Scandiano (25,663 inhabitants) will soon host the first collective self-consumption community in the Emilia Romagna Region. Launched and coordinated by the […]

European City Facility opens second call with even more resources for cities

European City Facility opens second call with even more resources for cities

Get financial and technical support for your local sustainable energy investment plans!

After the huge enthusiasm created by the 1st call for projects, that received over 250 applications, the European City Facility (EUCF), led by Energy Cities, […]

The infinite energy …of people

The infinite energy …of people

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

No, I am not going to write about this fateful anniversary, this cursed year (or not), nothing, not a word about the pandemic. This newsletter […]

Helsinki Energy Challenge outcomes: an artificial island, salt and a HIVE will help decarbonise heating

Helsinki Energy Challenge outcomes: an artificial island, salt and a HIVE will help decarbonise heating

Key lessons include involving citizens, market forces and combining existing technology with local resources

The city of Helsinki organised an international projects competition to find future-proof solutions to heat the city and meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral […]

The heated debate on hydrogen in our cities

The heated debate on hydrogen in our cities

Hydrogen is often presented as a quick fix to get rid of fossil fuels from heating and cooling in cities. But is it really?

In last week’s Decarb City Pipes 2050 webinar, Lisa Fischer, Programme Leader atE3G discussed with cities the role that hydrogen can play in the decarbonisation […]

Almada keeps track of its 2050 climate targets

Almada keeps track of its 2050 climate targets

City spotlight during the Portuguese EU Presidency

The Portuguese city, which is looked after by its giant Cristo Rei statue, has one big target in mind since the COP15 in Paris: to […]

Balkans citizens going solar

Balkans citizens going solar

Spotlight on citizen energy in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

The Western Balkans are a wonderful patchwork of cultures and the countries in the zone do each have their specific socio-economic context. While countries like […]

Higher efficiency + more renewables = lower emissions

Higher efficiency + more renewables = lower emissions

Consultations on the European Commission’s Renewable and Efficiency Directives show the complexity behind a simple formula

The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) need to become more ambitious if the EU is to achieve its objective to […]

Learning Municipality Networks

Learning Municipality Networks

A holistic approach for low-carbon municipalities

To meet the EU’s ambition to become climate neutral by 2050, the European Union and the Members States will need to rely on cities and […]

Who are Energy Cities’ #CommunityPower champions?

Who are Energy Cities’ #CommunityPower champions?

An overview of our members’ community energy projects

In the last few years, we have been talking a lot about community energy. Energy Cities is part of the Community Power coalition, an advocacy […]

Big strategies by small cities

Big strategies by small cities

Clever energy and climate actions in the South of Italy

By joining forces, the three Italian municipalities Palma Campania, San Giuseppe Vesuviano and Striano do big steps for actually being small municipalities .

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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