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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”. […]

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 […]

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.

Renovation Wave will have a big impact on cities

Renovation Wave will have a big impact on cities

Mandatory renovations for city-owned buildings and numerous lobbying wins makes for ambitious proposal

The Renovation Wave proposal from the European Commission landed on Oct. 14th and cities, for better or worse, will be most impacted. There are some […]

The European Climate Law: is it enough to get to climate neutrality?

The European Climate Law: is it enough to get to climate neutrality?

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

It is the legal backbone of the EU’s bid to become climate-neutral by 2050. The European Climate Law is supposed to enshrine and mainstream the 2050 climate neutrality objective into European legislation. For the Commission, the success of the Climate Law will make or break the ambitions of the Green Deal put forward by President Ursula von der Leyen. As the EU institutions are about to hash out the final details of the Climate Law, Energy Cities analyzes whether this first-of-a-kind European legislation is sufficient to get the EU to climate neutrality by mid-century.

Europe’s new 2030 target

Europe’s new 2030 target

What it means for cities and how we get there

The European Commission has formally proposed a target of 55% fewer GHG emissions by 2030, a substantial increase from the previous target of 40%. It […]

Your brief guide to the 7 EU programmes funding the energy transition in cities

Your brief guide to the 7 EU programmes funding the energy transition in cities

The programmes, the amounts and their focus

The EU has a number of funding sources available to cities. They have their own focus, operational guidelines and requirements. This is a brief rundown […]

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 […]

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 […]

EU Climate Law should safeguard local action and reform economic governance

EU Climate Law should safeguard local action and reform economic governance

Energy Cities proposes three reforms that will make the difference

As representatives of European local authorities, Energy Cities believes the European Green Deal, and more particularly the Climate Law, should provide a springboard for mainstreaming these new sustainable trends and practices.

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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