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 […]

Energy Cities joins broad coalition calling on EU not to rely on hydrogen to decarbonise buildings

33 businesses, industry associations, NGOs, and think tanks joined forces to urge the European Commission to prioritise available efficient and sustainable solutions to decarbonise Europe’s […]

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

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 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 Energy Efficiency Policy

Integrated building renovations can help to deliver a successful European Green Deal

A joint letter addresses the need for integrated building renovations

On the first day of Ursula von der Leyen’s European Commission, 12 major European clean energy associations have joined forces, calling for a bold strategy concerning the renovation of the EU building stock to be part of the European Green Deal – with on-site renewables, energy efficiency, and smart energy solutions at its core.

EU Energy Efficiency Policy

Manifesto for a Mediterranean building renovation programme

Policy recommendations for efficient public buildings

The public and private stakeholders of the Efficient Buildings Community ask EU decision-makers and national public authorities in Member States to design policies that consider the six recommendations.

EU Energy Efficiency Policy

Level(s) – a tool to deliver a sustainable built environment in Europe

Built environment stakeholders call for integration of whole life carbon criteria into EU policy

Energy Cities has endorsed a vision document of the EU building and construction community to highlight the transformative potential that the EU Commission’s framework for sustainable buildings, Level(s), can play in delivering Europe’s environmental, social and economic goals.

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.

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.