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.

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 […]

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 […]

Condominiums require recognition in the Renovation Wave

Condominiums require recognition in the Renovation Wave

Policy recommendations for a better support of multi-apartment house renovations

With their shared envelope and multiple occupants and owners, deep retrofit of condominiums presents particular challenges. These require recognition in policy at the EU and national level in order to develop the ‘enabling environment’ required to accelerate deep retrofit.

From the Green Deal to Glasgow – all the important 2020 dates for your calendar

From the Green Deal to Glasgow – all the important 2020 dates for your calendar

From the launch of the Green Deal on Dec. 11, 2019 to the UNFCCC’s Glasgow CoP 26 conference beginning Nov. 9th, 2020 we are at […]

Laundry, Sufficiency and the Climate Pact

Laundry, Sufficiency and the Climate Pact

Why a sufficiency-first approach to the Green Deal is needed for cities

I have two little boys and in our family photos they look like little angels. They are not. They are little savages. They fight, throw […]

The European Green Deal

The European Green Deal

How close to deliver genuine societal transformation?

The large-scale climate mobilizations of these past few years have not been in vain. The European Commission has finally recognized the magnitude – and urgency […]

Energy Cities to the German government: Support an ambitious EU Energy Efficiency Directive

Energy Cities to the German government: Support an ambitious EU Energy Efficiency Directive

The former Energiewende pioneer needs to seriously step up

In an open letter sent to the German Minister for Energy and Economy, Peter Altmaier, our president and lord mayor of Heidelberg, Eckart Würzner, calls on Germany to champion a strong and robust energy efficiency policy for Europe through the future Energy Efficiency Directive.

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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