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“Fit for 55” package gives increased recognition to the local level but fails to deliver systemic change

“Fit for 55” package gives increased recognition to the local level but fails to deliver systemic change

Our analysis of the European Commission's proposals

On the 14th of July, the European Commission released a mammoth legislative package made up of 13 proposals in order to be “Fit for 55”. […]

Why and how fossil fuels in buildings will be history by 2050

Why and how fossil fuels in buildings will be history by 2050

Read our new policy paper for fossil-free districts and cities!

By 2050, fossil fuels in cities will hopefully be history. Renewable technologies that are already available, such as heat pumps and heat networks, will make […]

The rehabilitation of building stock will be public-private, or not at all

The rehabilitation of building stock will be public-private, or not at all

Guest article by Jordi Salvador Culí, Municipal Auditor of Olot City Council (Spain)

It is clear that building stock, especially housing, requires structural changes in terms of accessibility, safety, and eco-efficiency. In Europe, many of these buildings date […]

What role for local authorities in the Recovery and the Renovation Wave?

What role for local authorities in the Recovery and the Renovation Wave?

Energy Cities’ analysis and suggestions for the next steps

Local authorities are essential actors of the Renovation Wave, a proper inclusion of the local level in the “Renovate” components of the National Recovery and […]

Energy Cities endorses Cities Manifesto for Fossil-Free Heating and Cooling

Energy Cities endorses Cities Manifesto for Fossil-Free Heating and Cooling

New European initiative calls on EU & Member States to put cities in the driving seat of a fossil-free heat transition

In mid-July, the EU will issue key proposals to address heat decarbonisation – the so-called “Fit for 55” package. It is a critical moment, as […]

Higher efficiency + more renewables = lower emissions

Higher efficiency + more renewables = lower emissions

Consultations on the European Commission’s Renewable and Efficiency Directives show the complexity behind a simple formula

The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) need to become more ambitious if the EU is to achieve its objective to […]

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

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 […]

The EU’s Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy

The EU’s Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy

Ambitious goals centered on cities

The EU has released its ‘Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy’ which sets out a number of goals for how people and goods will move around […]

5 years after the Paris Agreement: Mission (im)possible?

5 years after the Paris Agreement: Mission (im)possible?

Learn about the latest developments in EU policy in Energy Cities' What's EUp? - December 2020

On the 12th of December 2015, the adoption of the Paris Agreement was hailed as a historic milestone in tackling the climate crisis. At the time, some world leaders even spoke of “having saved the world” from the catastrophic impacts of climate change. Now, 5 years later, where do we stand in achieving the aims of the Paris Agreement? Is there cause for optimism on the success of this mission, or are we dangerously falling short in delivering the action needed? In this last What’s EUp of a turbulent 2020 engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Energy Cities draws a state of play on the occasion of the first major “anniversary” of the Paris Agreement.

Drinking from a firehose

Drinking from a firehose

The success of the EU’s Green Deal and national recovery plans hinge on cities – but they are not at the table

Look out your window and make a mental note of what you see: a road, footpath, parked cars, maybe a park, trees, a rubbish bin, […]

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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