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How to reap the benefits of local renewable energy systems?

How to reap the benefits of local renewable energy systems?

What should change in the revised Renewable Energy Directive

As a climate professional, I often keep work-related topics outside of the private sphere and don’t discuss it so much with friends and family. But […]

Align European legislation and funding with the -55% GHG target by 2030 and giving cities the means for the ecological transition

Align European legislation and funding with the -55% GHG target by 2030 and giving cities the means for the ecological transition

Energy Cities 2022 Policy Agenda

While we are still wishing each other a happy new year and sharing good king cakes with very different recipes across Europe, Energy Cities proposes in a briefing to come […]

EU Commission new climate and energy proposals fall short of delivering structural change

EU Commission new climate and energy proposals fall short of delivering structural change

The new EU proposals to reform the gas market and renovate the EU building stock have just been unveiled

The European Commission yesterday published the second batch of its Fit for 55 package aimed at cutting carbon emissions by at least 55% by 2030 […]

Europe is sitting on a goldmine of unaccounted for renewable energy

Europe is sitting on a goldmine of unaccounted for renewable energy

Our VP Stephan Brandligt's column on EURACTIV

The energy price crisis is creating fierce political debates over the block’s energy security with renewed pushes for centralised energy supply solutions such as hydrogen […]

“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 […]

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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