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EU Renewable Energy Policy

The Renovation Wave must deliver on its commitment to tackle energy poverty

Joint letter from 45 civil society organisations across Europe

Ahead of the EPBD revision, 45 civil society actors including Energy Cities have signed an open letter to urge the Commission to deliver on its […]

EU Renewable Energy Policy

General Block Exemption Regulation should include specific thresholds for RECs

Letter from the Community Power Coalition to Commission's VP TImmermans and Commissioner Vestager

Dear Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Vestager. We are writing regarding the latest draft of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) that was published on the […]

Community Energy as part of the solution

The Community Power Coalition's Statement on CoP26

As COP26 talks move ahead, we are nowhere near the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. We would like to remind […]

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 […]

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Towards a fairer, climate-neutral Europe

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