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.

The manifesto is directed at MEPs and officials that will make up the next European Parliament and Commission.
We outline four ‘quick wins’ to help decision-makers in Brussels hit the ground running. Our suggestions around four ‘legacy issues’ provide more complex and ambitious goals to help build the legacy of a sustainable Europe.

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