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50 shades of (grey and blue and green) hydrogen

50 shades of (grey and blue and green) hydrogen

Puzzled by all the colours & jargon? This article is for you

When discussing the future of energy, hydrogen is on everyone’s lips. You might have heard of some of the colours associated to hydrogen, and wondered […]

Powering heritage buildings and districts with solar panels

Powering heritage buildings and districts with solar panels

Berlin’s Reichstag and the Vatican show that heritage is not a barrier to well-designed solar panels

Solar is the new ‘king of electricity’ according to Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). But many cities in Europe with […]

Stop trying to do the wrong things better, just start doing the right things!

Stop trying to do the wrong things better, just start doing the right things!

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

Faced with a pandemic, an unprecedented social and economic crisis, growing democratic uncertainty and the ever-present climate challenge, the time has come for us to […]

Join the North-South MED exchange & replication programme

Join the North-South MED exchange & replication programme

City partnerships - call for applications

Whether you are for example from Croatia, Lebanon, Italy, Turkey or neighbouring countries: This is your city’s chance to connect with local leaders from the […]

Resources for a Rapid Renovation Wave

Resources for a Rapid Renovation Wave

A collection of guides, case studies and possibilities to ramp up the renovation wave across Europe

There is no ‘one size fits all’ guide to renovation. Fortunately Energy Cities’ members have been striving for better buildings for years. This is a […]

Community Power for the Renovation Wave

Community Power for the Renovation Wave

What role for city-citizens cooperation in energy efficiency interventions?

When thinking about energy efficiency and renovation, energy communities might not be the first option that comes to mind. However, citizens (as prosumers or members […]

Brand new guidebook on how to set up an energy community

Brand new guidebook on how to set up an energy community

The energy transition needs you!

Are you thinking about setting up an energy community, but you’re not sure where to start? Do you already have a group and are wondering […]

Huge success of the first EUCF call raises expectations for support to local sustainable energy

Huge success of the first EUCF call raises expectations for support to local sustainable energy

Local authorities submitted a total of 257 applications to get funding for the development of their sustainable energy investment plans from the European City Facility (EUCF).

Local authorities from all over the EU and the UK took part in the 1st ever EUCF call for applications, that closed on 2 October. […]

Drinking from a firehose

Drinking from a firehose

The success of the EU’s Green Deal and national recovery plans hinge on cities – but they are not at the table

Look out your window and make a mental note of what you see: a road, footpath, parked cars, maybe a park, trees, a rubbish bin, […]

Urban transition-makers in Brest

Urban transition-makers in Brest

Brest Métropole gets ready to work with citizens for the energy, climate and societal transition

The metropolitan government of Brest is getting ready to organise a first major event dedicated to the involvement of local players and citizens in the […]

Renovation Wave will have a big impact on cities

Renovation Wave will have a big impact on cities

Mandatory renovations for city-owned buildings and numerous lobbying wins makes for ambitious proposal

The Renovation Wave proposal from the European Commission landed on Oct. 14th and cities, for better or worse, will be most impacted. There are some […]

Grenoble awarded EU Green Capital 2022

Grenoble awarded EU Green Capital 2022

Get to know this local champion for participative governance

Energy Cities’ member Grenoble won the prestigious EU Green Capital award last week! Grenoble impressed the European jury of experts with its pioneering approach to […]

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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