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EU’s Recovery Package garners praise, but what’s in it?

EU’s Recovery Package garners praise, but what’s in it?

An unprecedented spending package passes its first step, still needs further approvals

The Economist, famous for its reserved language, called the EU’s new budget and accompanying recovery package a ‘landmark event’. Not to be outdone, the Dalai […]

The EU Commission’s Hydrogen Prescription for System Integration

The EU Commission’s Hydrogen Prescription for System Integration

New strategies launched pushing energy efficiency and targeting sectors difficult to decarbonise

The European Commission’s new hydrogen strategy and energy system integration strategy have been launched. The two strategies work together. The hydrogen strategy is about developing […]

Designing a mobility strategy for energy

Designing a mobility strategy for energy

A plain English guide to Smart Sector Integration

What’s the first thing you do when developing a mobility plan for a city? You look at a map. Lots of maps, ideally. You look […]

Energy renovation of buildings in the French recovery plan

Energy renovation of buildings in the French recovery plan

An opportunity to be seized and pitfalls to be avoided

While proposals for France’s recovery plans abound, the challenge now is to identify the most effective levers for combining economic recovery with scaling-up of highly performant deep retrofits, which is a prerequisite for moving onto a convergent path with France’s national low-carbon strategy.

A Climate Pact for Luddites

A Climate Pact for Luddites

How the Green Deal’s most ambitious element connects everything - including Zoom calls, Ada Lovelace and Frans Timmermans

“Jim, you’re on mute.” “We can see you talking Jim, but we can’t hear you.” “I’ll send Jim a message that he hasn’t turned on […]

4 Steps to Building a Renovation Wave

4 Steps to Building a Renovation Wave

Key lessons from renovation pilot projects in Europe

The Renovation Wave is the key pillar of the Green Deal. If successful, it can transform Europe’s environmental performance, drastically improve the health and well-being […]

Our analysis of the EU recovery package

Our analysis of the EU recovery package

Big figures can only have a big impact if the real actors of the economy are involved

Last week, the European Commission published its long awaited proposal for a recovery plan. According to the EU executive branch, this major plan is supposed […]

Future LIFE programme should support governance changes and citizen energy communities at local level

Future LIFE programme should support governance changes and citizen energy communities at local level

Energy Cities unveils its three proposals on how LIFE can fund cities' clean energy transition

The LIFE programme has been a valuable funding instrument for local authorities to fund best practice, pilot and demonstration projects in the field of energy […]

How can Europe emerge stronger out of the current crisis?

How can Europe emerge stronger out of the current crisis?

Our letter to the President of the European Commission

Energy Cities’ President addressed a letter to the European Commission President von der Leyen to present our solution, in order to ensure economic recovery and […]

Are gas boilers the new diesel cars?

Are gas boilers the new diesel cars?

Why Low Emissions Zones for heating could be the next step in achieving a net zero Europe

I need to buy a new car next year. The Brussels region Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) means that my rather battered and polluting diesel 2008 […]

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.

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

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 present our solution, in order to ensure economic recovery and boost resilience.

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