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EU Budget

Letter to EU Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen

Europe must use a climate neutral 2050 emissions target to be more ambitious in 2030 and cities must be involved at every step to succeed

This letter to the new EU President sets out Energy Cities’ priorities for ensuring a shared energy transition in Europe. By mobilising the entirety of the EU’s capabilities and incorporating detailed carbon budgeting to ensure that, on an annual basis, we are making the necessary emissions cuts, Europe can lead the rest of the world and show the way.

EU Budget

2019 EU elections – Our Manifesto

What Energy Cities demands of future EU leaders

The Energy Cities manifesto is aimed at incoming MEPs with a series of demands on both a short timescale and a longer horizon.
These demands are ambitious but will deliver the changes cities and citizens need to develop sustainably.
Time is short. But the window for decisive action on climate change is still open. We need brave and bold EU leaders to heed our call and deliver a shared energy transition.

EU Climate Action

Cities call for a more sustainable and equitable European future

An open letter to the European Council and its Member States

President of the European Council,Heads of States and Governments of the European Union Member States, We, the undersigned mayors and heads of local governments have […]

EU Climate Action

Cities at the forefront of climate action

Achieving the Paris Climate goals through the effort sharing regulation

The contribution of cities and regions in reaching the European climate and energy targets is already significant. Yet, much more is possible with an enabling, stable and ambitious policy framework and effective access to financing. A strong Effort Sharing Regulation – without loopholes – can support and incentivise the uptake, replication and upscaling of local climate and energy actions. Creating the right conditions to enable climate efforts to propel will moreover lead to numerous co-benefits and a better quality of life for the millions of urban residents.

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.

As part of the European Covenant of Mayors movement, cities and towns are taking energy and climate action to secure a better future for their citizens. With over 8,000 signatories, it has become a real political force proposing to renew the European project through local action. The initiative is an important political instrument for Energy Cities, as we initiated the movement and have been co-leading the Covenant of Mayors European Office since 2008.