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Phasing out new fossil-fuel based boilers is vital to achieving the EU’s climate commitments

Joint open letter to European Commission's VP Timmermans

Dear Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans,  There is increased attention to the role that buildings must play in the climate transition. The EU’s 2030  climate target […]

EU Climate Action

Municipal Climate Partnerships as Green Motors for Europe

What EU and national policymakers need to do to boost climate action on the local level

In this briefing, co-published with adelphi, we argue that municipal climate partnerships must receive more recognition and financial support by way of EU or nationally […]

EU State Aid Framework

Matching just transition ambition with competition

Energy Cities’ response to the draft revised Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy

The Clean Energy for all Europeans package has provided a long-awaited boost and recognition to the role local authorities and communities play in delivering the […]

EU Climate Action

EU Environmental funding: Five building blocks to trigger a systemic shift to climate neutrality

Position paper on the next LIFE programme

LIFE is one of the most iconic and long-standing EU programmes, translating climate policy into concrete action and projects on the ground. Given the very […]

EU State Aid Framework

Draft State Aid Guidelines on Climate, Energy and Environment

Open letter to VP Timmermans and Commissioner Vestager by the Community Power Coalition

Dear Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Vestager. We are writing in relation to the latest draft State Aid Guidelines on Climate, Energy and Environment (CEEAG) that […]

EU Renewable Energy Policy

Myth buster on gases and renewable heating technologies

Natural gas accounts for about 45% of European households heating. It is the most widely used energy but is perceived as less environmentally damaging than […]

EU Renewable Energy Policy

Policy paper for fossil-free districts and cities

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

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 […]

EU Climate Action

Cities Manifesto for Fossil-Free Heating and Cooling

New European initiative calls for cities to be in the driving seat of the heat transition

Energy Cities, Celsius Cities, #DHCities, FEDARENE and 25+ cities across Europe joined forces to urge the EU and Member States to properly support and empower […]

EU Climate Action

Hydrogen: everything a city needs to know

Energy Cities' position on the role of hydrogen in cities

Hydrogen has long been identified as an alternative to fossil fuels. First in the 70s, especially in Japan, and then again in the 2000s. But […]

“Low-carbon” fuels and non-renewable energies should not be included in the Renewable Energy Directive

Joint letter to keep the Renewable Energy Directive for renewables

Energy Cities joined a wide group of associations, companies, organisations and politicians to urge European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Simson and Director-General Juul-Jorgensen not […]

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Our advocacy involves:

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The cities behind our network set the tone and shape the European energy transition agenda. Whereas a municipality alone has little influence, together we can make local authorities’ voices heard at national and European level.

Towards a fairer, climate-neutral Europe

The Covenant of Mayors is the world’s largest movement for local climate and energy actions. In Europe, over 10,000 cities and towns are joining forces to secure a better future for their citizens.