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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 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 […]

EU Research & Innovation Programme

Mission innovation – climate neutral & smart cities

Activating the next-generation climate governance

Energy Cities welcomes the new mission-oriented approach proposed for the forthcoming Horizon Europe programme. The principles highlighted in the Mazzucato report echo the views of cities, whom to a great extent will be the “delivery arms” of Europe’s innovation.

EU State Aid Framework

Public consultation on the EU State Aid Guidelines for Energy and Environmental Protection

How the EU State Aid framework should enable a Paris-proof energy market and accelerate the locally-driven energy transition

In view of the public consultation on the evaluation of the EU State Aids Guidelines for energy and environmental protection, Energy Cities shares its recommendations to ensure that this legal framework supports the locally-driven energy transition and enables a Paris-proof energy market in Europe.

Just Energy Transition Fund

Energy Cities shares its recommendations for the new funding instrument in the future EU budget

What is still missing in the Just Energy Transition Fund’s scope is an overarching mission to drive a radical change in energy generation and environmental responsibility that result in a genuine power shift towards local communities in transition in all EU territories.

EU Energy Union Governance

Good practices in energy and climate governance in EU Member States

Summary of main findings

Climate and energy governance processes in the EU need to be strengthened through an increased coordination and cooperation between local and national authorities. Energy Cities has analyzed what constitutes a good practice in energy and climate governance, based on examples from 7 EU countries collected in the framework of the LIFE PlanUp project. The findings shall support national policy-makers in the EU in developing and implementing multilevel climate and energy dialogues in the framework of the 2030 national energy and climate plans.

EU Electricity Market Rules

The new energy market design: how the EU can support energy communities and citizens to participate in the energy transition

8 key recommendations to support community energy

The EU is poised to set an unprecedented standard by formalizing the role of citizens and communities in Europe’s energy transition. By 2050, almost half […]

EU Electricity Market Rules

Energy Cities and REScoop.eu answer to the Committee of the Regions’ Stakeholders consultation: “Models of local energy ownership”

Summary of findings

Stakeholders consultation: “Models of local energy ownership” 1. Are there any examples from the Member States of regionalising energy infrastructure (such as taking up or […]

EU Energy Union Governance

Building on local climate and energy experience in Energy Union Governance

Joint position paper

European and national leaders would greatly benefit from building on the steady ambition of local actors to deliver Energy Union objectives.
CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES and ICLEI, representing thousands of local governments throughout the EU, as well as think tank E3G, wholeheartedly support the European Parliament proposals on this topic.

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.