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Almada’s Less Carbon Climate Fund becomes revolving

Almada’s Less Carbon Climate Fund becomes revolving

After seven years of successful operation, Almada’s Less Carbon Climate Fund is now being redesigned and upgraded – it will become a revolving fund. In […]

The Udine Climate Fund: another step towards a sustainable energy city

The Udine Climate Fund: another step towards a sustainable energy city

From its central position just in the middle of Friuli historical region, Udine has always renewed, year by year, its commitment towards the environmental sustainability […]

EU Emission Trading System: Our 5 recommendations for a sensible use of the “Modernisation Fund”

EU Emission Trading System: Our 5 recommendations for a sensible use of the “Modernisation Fund”

The EU Emission Trading System (ETS), launched in 2005, is a pillar of EU climate policy and the largest system of its kind. Giving a […]

UK cities react against the government attack on their freedom to divest

UK cities react against the government attack on their freedom to divest

Several UK cities, including Energy Cities’ member Milton Keynes, have spoken up against controversial plans from the national government to put restrictions on their freedom […]

Portuguese city of Águeda sets up a local Fund for Energy and Water Efficiency

Portuguese city of Águeda sets up a local Fund for Energy and Water Efficiency

Known for its colourful streets, the small Portuguese town of Águeda undertakes a number of actions from environmental education to technological innovation and energy efficiency […]

Review of Energy Efficiency Directive: strengthen the local energy savings potential

Review of Energy Efficiency Directive: strengthen the local energy savings potential

In 2016, the EU Energy Efficiency Directive is bound to be revised. Energy Cities recently responded to a public consultation of the EU Commission on […]

Croatia’s first local energy revolving fund is in Koprivnica!

Croatia’s first local energy revolving fund is in Koprivnica!

When it comes to energy efficiency and innovative financing solutions, the city of Koprivnica is one the leading local authorities in Croatia. Together with its […]

Frederikshavn, Denmark: Mobilising savings ‘sleeping’ on citizens’ bank accounts

Frederikshavn, Denmark: Mobilising savings ‘sleeping’ on citizens’ bank accounts

Local banks in the city of Frederikshavn confirm that citizens have never had such large savings on their accounts as they have today. However, it […]

EU Smart Cities Agenda should push for an energy transition with cities and their citizens at the core

EU Smart Cities Agenda should push for an energy transition with cities and their citizens at the core

The European Parliament’s Resolution on the Urban Dimension of EU Policies adopted by the plenary on the 9 September constitutes a push for an energy transition with […]

Non-state players’ message to COP21 negotiators: Empowering sub-national governments and divesting from fossil fuels

Non-state players’ message to COP21 negotiators: Empowering sub-national governments and divesting from fossil fuels

Gathered in Lyon on the occasion of the World Summit Climate & Territories for two days (1-2 July), hundreds of non-state players debated climate mitigation […]

Financing sustainable energy: Finding your way

Financing sustainable energy: Finding your way

Cities often find it challenging to find their way through the complex maze of EU funding streams, programmes and mechanisms. Two new tools should help. The […]

Resilient cities #3: Developing new financing approaches

Resilient cities #3: Developing new financing approaches

The budget cuts recently experienced by European cities have led local players to get creative also in terms of funding solutions. Local authorities themselves are […]

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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