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Porto, more committed than ever to a fair energy transition!

Porto, more committed than ever to a fair energy transition!

The city will retrofit 3000 homes and is developing a renewable energy community to fight energy poverty.

The Portuguese city, together with its local energy agency – and Energy Cities member – AdEPorto, is living exciting moments with a new portfolio of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where should green hydrogen fit in your city?

Where should green hydrogen fit in your city?

A short guide to where we think hydrogen can make the biggest impact in a city's energy transition.

Hydrogen is being touted as a solution to many challenges in the energy transition. And it is an exciting and flexible energy carrier that will […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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