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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 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 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 […]

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 […]

EU Climate Action

“Carbon City budget” or “Climate-proofed municipal budgets”?

What’s the difference, and how to implement them in your city

“Carbon budget”, “Climate-proofed municipal budgets”, “science-based targets” are some of many different approaches offered to cities when they want to align their short, medium and […]

EU Climate Action

Climate Law should support economic climate proofing and local energy sufficiency

Position Paper

Energy Cities believes the European Green Deal, and more particularly the Climate Law, should provide a springboard for mainstreaming new local sustainable trends and practices.

EU Climate Action

Condominiums in the Renovation Wave

Policy brief

Through these recommendations, partners from the EU-funded ACE-Retrofitting project share their policy learnings on how to act as facilitators between co-owners and building experts.

EU Climate Action

The European Climate Pact – Energy Cities’ Expectations

Position paper

The Climate Pact is one of the strategic pillars of the proposed European Green Deal. If properly designed, this new instrument could be a game-changer […]

EU Climate Action

The European Green Deal: How close to deliver genuine societal transformation?

The large-scale climate mobilizations of these past few years have not been in vain. The European Commission has finally recognized the magnitude – and urgency […]

Our policy work

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

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.