The rehabilitation of building stock will be public-private, or not at all

The rehabilitation of building stock will be public-private, or not at all

Guest article by Jordi Salvador Culí, Municipal Auditor of Olot City Council (Spain)

It is clear that building stock, especially housing, requires structural changes in terms of accessibility, safety, and eco-efficiency. In Europe, many of these buildings date […]

What role for local authorities in the Recovery and the Renovation Wave?

What role for local authorities in the Recovery and the Renovation Wave?

Energy Cities’ analysis and suggestions for the next steps

Local authorities are essential actors of the Renovation Wave, a proper inclusion of the local level in the “Renovate” components of the National Recovery and […]

Energy Cities joins the New European Bauhaus initiative

Energy Cities joins the New European Bauhaus initiative

What opportunities for cities?

The European Commission’s President Initiative the New European Bauhaus (NEB) has been on everyone’s mouth in Brussels since its launch at the end of 2020. […]

Meet municipal energy community trailblazers in the Balkans

Meet municipal energy community trailblazers in the Balkans

How to renew cities with citizen-led renewable energy and building retrofits?

When it comes to energy communities and retrofits for renewables, there are common success factors across Europe, whether you look at experiences in EU member states or in the Western Balkans.

The missing “WHY” for energy efficiency

The missing “WHY” for energy efficiency

Recent survey collects insights from over 1,200 European experts

The Energy Efficiency Watch project presented the results of its new survey, bringing together the insights of over 1,200 experts on the progress in energy […]

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 […]

Baden Württemberg set on achieving its heating and cooling decarbonisation

Baden Württemberg set on achieving its heating and cooling decarbonisation

In European cities, most of our energy consumption is used for heating and cooling. If cities want to reach their target of climate neutrality by 2050, they need to start planning how to phase out fossil fuels from heating and cooling now

… And this is what the German region of Baden-Württemberg is determined to do! The Länder recently required all its cities of more than 20 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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