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The tug of war for Germany’s next climate protection law

The tug of war for Germany’s next climate protection law

Where we stand and what Merkel and her team can learn from others

With a new climate action law, chancellor Angela Merkel can show how serious the so-called energy transition pioneer takes its task.

« If you had only one wish? »

« If you had only one wish? »

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

This summer, far from Brussels’ overheated streets, I was asked this seemingly innocent question by a friend while chatting after a pleasant walk: “if you […]

Time travel : Our letter to incoming EU Commission President

Time travel : Our letter to incoming EU Commission President

How to get to 2050 and succeed in 2030

September in Brussels is known as the ‘Rentrée’ when the crowds of lobbyists, commission employees, MEPs and so on make their way back to Brussels […]

German cities demand resolute action on climate protection, including higher CO2 cost, in a letter to Chancellor Merkel

German cities demand resolute action on climate protection, including higher CO2 cost, in a letter to Chancellor Merkel

Joint open letter from the presidents of Energy Cities, Climate Alliance and ICLEI

Energy Cities, Climate Alliance and ICLEI have called in a joint open letter on the German chancellor Angela Merkel to commit to resolute action on climate protection.

European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

New draft energy lending policy might turn the EIB into EU's first climate bank by end of 2020

In its draft describing the new energy lending policy published today, the European Investment Bank takes a big step for climate action. Will it be able to stick to its promise?

What’s EUp ? Showing, Sharing, Shaking

What’s EUp ? Showing, Sharing, Shaking

Energy Cities' EU policy intelligence bulletin

How to reach climate neutral cities? And what is the critical role of the EU in this process? Energy Cities’ members have a clear “3D” […]

Our analysis of EU Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans reveals lack of recognition towards local action

Our analysis of EU Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans reveals lack of recognition towards local action

The draft versions of EU Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) were to be submitted by the end of 2018. Yesterday, 18 June, […]

On the rise: 328 Mayors now calling for a peak in emissions next year

On the rise: 328 Mayors now calling for a peak in emissions next year

Joint letter against the background of discussions around a "net zero EU" by 2050

Momentum for a net zero EU by 2050 continues to grow. An incredible 328 mayors from across Europe have now signed the joint letter calling […]

The 210 mayors’ letter

The 210 mayors’ letter

EU leaders Sefcovic and Arias Canete praise cities' "impressive" action for the energy transition

It was unprecedented in its breadth and ambition, more than 210 mayors from across the EU calling on EU leaders to chart a course for […]

Time to redefine multilevel governance!

Time to redefine multilevel governance!

Join the Mayors Session at ICCA!

We know the energy transition is underway but it is not rapid enough. Academics, civil society actors and policymakers all agree that the transition needs […]

The local view on EU policies

Energy Cities is the local authorities’ watchdog on European and national energy and climate policies. Now that Brussels has formally adopted its “clean energy package”, we monitor how the progressive provisions we advocated for are being translated at national level.  On the EU front, we continue to call for a better alignment of energy, regional and agricultural policies and for an overall budget in line with the 2050 decarbonisation objective.

The manifesto is directed at MEPs and officials that will make up the next European Parliament and Commission.
We outline four ‘quick wins’ to help decision-makers in Brussels hit the ground running. Our suggestions around four ‘legacy issues’ provide more complex and ambitious goals to help build the legacy of a sustainable Europe.

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