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 […]

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 […]

Valencia’s stakeholder alliance: Weaving the energy question into the social fabric

Valencia’s stakeholder alliance: Weaving the energy question into the social fabric

How Valencia shapes its new normality

The City of Valencia just recently joined Energy Cities’ Board of Directors. Alejandro Ramon Àlvarez, Councillor in charge of the climate emergency and the energy transition for the city, talked to our colleague Miriam Eisermann about Covid, citizen participation and the keenness to share with others.

Four solutions to make European cities bicycle-friendly

Four solutions to make European cities bicycle-friendly

A guest article by Alberto Vela of the European Cyclists' Federation

In this guest article Alberto Vela of the European Cyclists’ Federation looks at how European policy makers have set their sights on the bicycle during the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Help us shape the future of the Covenant of Mayors movement

Help us shape the future of the Covenant of Mayors movement

Until 15 September, all local and regional governments across Europe are invited to influence the developments of the Covenant of Mayors through an online survey.

2020 stands out as a peculiar year for Europe. It is indeed a key moment, as the EU should evaluate whether we are on track […]

A Climate Pact for Luddites

A Climate Pact for Luddites

How the Green Deal’s most ambitious element connects everything - including Zoom calls, Ada Lovelace and Frans Timmermans

“Jim, you’re on mute.” “We can see you talking Jim, but we can’t hear you.” “I’ll send Jim a message that he hasn’t turned on […]

Organising a city-wide discussion on climate neutrality

Organising a city-wide discussion on climate neutrality

Lessons learnt from Nantes Metropolis' "Great Debate"

In February 2020, the pilot cities of TOMORROW (Nis, Dublin, Brasov, Brest and Valencia) gathered in Nantes to participate in a training with the aim […]

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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