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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 […]

Energy Cities joins broad coalition calling on EU not to rely on hydrogen to decarbonise buildings

33 businesses, industry associations, NGOs, and think tanks joined forces to urge the European Commission to prioritise available efficient and sustainable solutions to decarbonise Europe’s […]

EU Lending Policy

Public consultation on the renewed EU sustainable finance strategy

How the new roadmap should support investments for the EU Green Deal

The EU Commission is planning to overhaul the EU’s sustainable finance strategy to make it fit for backing the investment ambitions of the EU Green Deal. Energy Cities outlines how the renewed strategy should both tap into the full potential of sustainable finance, as well as empower local authorities to drive green investments.

EU Climate Action

Energy Cities’ Expectations from the Climate Pact

There is a clear need for more Europe to go more local. This should be the motto for the forthcoming Climate Pact.

The Problem Everywhere around the world, infrastructure and services, livelihoods, food and energy systems are being threatened by extreme weather conditions or predatory use of […]

Our policy work

Our dedicated team monitors and shapes policy developments according to local authorities’ needs and priorities.

Our advocacy involves:

  • policy monitoring and analysis
  • policy influencing
  • advocacy partnerships

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.