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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 […]

EU Budget

Repair and prepare for the next generation

Energy Cities position on the proposed EU recovery plan

At the end of May, the European Commission published its long-awaited proposal for a recovery plan. The figures are impressive: 1.8 trillion Euros are foreseen […]

EU Energy Efficiency Policy

A Renovation Wave to exit several crises

Energy Cities' expectations

If well designed and coupled with enforcement of existing legislation, this strategy can trigger a massive upgrade of buildings across the continent. It will serve as anchor for the EU’s long-term transition towards a sustainable, resilient and climate-neutral continent. It will also play a key role in delivering a locally driven social and economic recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

EU Energy Efficiency Policy

Policy recommendations for a Mediterranean building renovation programme

A Renovation Wave input by the Efficient Buildings Community

Why is a better policy framework for building-related policies in the Mediterranean Member States needed? The European Green New Deal, issued by the Commission last […]

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 Budget

Energy communities are an important vehicle to deliver a resilient recovery for Europe

Open letter from the Community Power Coalition

The Community Power coalition wrote a letter to the Frans Timmermans, European Commission’s Executive Vice-President the European Green Deal and Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for […]

EU Electricity Market Rules

Public consultation on future EU strategy for smart sector integration

How the EU's flagship initiative for the future energy market should provide a springboard for empowering local heating & cooling

The EU strategy for smart sector integration is an upcoming EU Commission proposal under the Green Deal, which aims to strengthen links across the different sectors in Europe’s energy system. Energy Cities shares its views in the public consultation on how this strategy should harness the full local energy potential, in particular in the field of heating & cooling.

EU recovery plan

A new Resilience Contract based on Europe’s solidarity and resources

Our letter to the President of the European Commission

How can Europe emerge stronger out of the current crisis? Energy Cities’ President addressed a letter to the European Commission President von der Leyen to […]

EU Budget

Appropriate co-financing rate for LIFE CSA projects on sustainable energy

Joint letter from cities, regional energy agencies, citizen energy cooperatives, renewable energy industry and NGOs to the EU Commission and LIFE Committee

The signatories of this letter represent thousands of new LIFE applicants redirected from Horizon 2020 as a result of the transfer of the “Coordination and Support Actions” to the new Clean Energy Transition sub-programme. We are cities, regions, energy agencies, NGOs, SMEs and experts from across Europe’s renewable energy and energy efficiency value chains. Our determination, with the right support from the LIFE programme, can help the European Union to achieve the Green Deal objectives.

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.