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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.

EU Budget

Public consultation on the future LIFE programme

What the EU funding instrument for environment and climate action should prioritize in the next decade

The LIFE programme is a key EU funding instrument for environment and climate action. In the public consultation to shape the future programme, Energy Cities shares its views on how LIFE should support cities in their energy transition.

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 […]

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 Lending Policy

It’s time to stand firm and go Fossil Free

Fossil Free EIB Campaign calls on the EIB president to double down on bank's commitment to divest from fossil fuels

Energy Cities has co-signed an open letter of the Fossil Free EIB Campaign, which calls on EIB president Werner Hoyer to double down on the EU’s bank commitment to divest from fossil fuels.

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.