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An urban heating network puts Lille at the heart of the ecological and energy transition

An urban heating network puts Lille at the heart of the ecological and energy transition

Supplying the heating network with energy recovered from waste: a local, sustainable energy source

Since late 2020, the heating network of the European Metropolis of Lille (France) has been supplying domestic hot water and heat to public facilities such […]

The perfect match of data and heat planning

The perfect match of data and heat planning

Cities need data to make sustainable and cost-efficient decisions

The role of heating in achieving a reduction target of 55% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 is increasing. The recast Energy Efficiency Directive, as […]

Tartu gets ready to become European Capital of Culture 2024

Tartu gets ready to become European Capital of Culture 2024

Main avenue goes car-free to host cultural operators over the summer

The City of Tartu in Estonia closed one of its roads to promote Tartu2024 as the European Capital of Culture this summer. The project was […]

For cities to achieve their decarbonisation, they need greater staff resources

For cities to achieve their decarbonisation, they need greater staff resources

Our recommendations for cities to realise their heating planning and implement decarbonisation projects

Cities’ employees are the architects of the local energy transition. The lack of human resources is currently one of the main barriers to the decarbonisation […]

The underutilised potential of vegetable gardens to foster equality and empowerment

The underutilised potential of vegetable gardens to foster equality and empowerment

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

What better way to kick off the summer season than to watch a garden flourish? July is the beginning of the abundance of summer that […]

Yes, cities can create their own COP21, and we tell you how!

Yes, cities can create their own COP21, and we tell you how!

Because we’re constantly searching to help cities advance their energy and climate transition, we have taken a closer look at the processes that a city […]

Food at the heart of cities and families

Food at the heart of cities and families

From the Positive Food Challenge to rooftop gardening, we take a look at cities that are making food a priority

Food is an integral part of many current issues, including reducing waste, lowering our carbon footprint, local sourcing and developing social and inclusive projects. It […]

“Fit for 55” package gives increased recognition to the local level but fails to deliver systemic change

“Fit for 55” package gives increased recognition to the local level but fails to deliver systemic change

Our analysis of the European Commission's proposals

On the 14th of July, the European Commission released a mammoth legislative package made up of 13 proposals in order to be “Fit for 55”. […]

Why and how fossil fuels in buildings will be history by 2050

Why and how fossil fuels in buildings will be history by 2050

Read our new policy paper for fossil-free districts and cities!

By 2050, fossil fuels in cities will hopefully be history. Renewable technologies that are already available, such as heat pumps and heat networks, will make […]

Leading the way towards sustainable food systems

Leading the way towards sustainable food systems

From food maps to food forests, seven local initiatives to inspire you!

As you know, Energy Cities recently published its new 2030 agenda, identifying four priority systems that are closely linked to climate and energy objectives. The […]

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 […]

Krizevci’s residents give their neighbourhood a makeover

Krizevci’s residents give their neighbourhood a makeover

Our Croatian member set up its first Living Street

For the residents of Križevci, Living Streets began on the 19th June 2021 at the bus station neighbourhood, in Petra Zrinskog Street and most of […]

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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