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There isn’t one renovation wave

There isn’t one renovation wave

A district-level approach is needed to move quickly and deeply

Policies to promote home renovation have often failed in the past because they have taken the obvious, and incorrect, starting point – the home. Instead, we need to recognise that homes are part of a local ecosystem of intermixed buildings, businesses, energy and people. By incorporating all of those elements into a district-level plan we can begin to hit the 3% renovation target and deliver on the Green Deal.

European Green Deal at 100 days – high in ambition, but not (yet) a game changer

European Green Deal at 100 days – high in ambition, but not (yet) a game changer

What's EUp March 2020

As the new EU Commission hits its 100 day benchmark, it is time to analyze how its flagship programme to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent has performed so far. The European Green Deal has already brought forth various ambitious measures, ranging from funding to governance. However, it has not yet triggered the necessary paradigm shift needed to deliver the transition.

Is your city eligible for the Just Transition Fund?

Is your city eligible for the Just Transition Fund?

Regional breakdown of €7.5bn Just Transition Fund announced

The €7.5bn Just Transition Fund will be shared across the 27 countries of the EU. What began life as a proposal to help coal-dependent regions […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 takeaways from the EIB’s new energy lending policy

5 takeaways from the EIB’s new energy lending policy

What the European Investment Bank's new funding policy will bring for cities' energy transition

We won! After months of lobbying by Energy Cities and the Fossil Free EIB campaign, Europe’s public bank has adopted a new funding policy. It is good news! But what will it bring for cities’ energy transition?

What cities need from the next Horizon Europe funding programme

What cities need from the next Horizon Europe funding programme

4 recommendations to activate the next-generation climate governance

When the European Commission published the new mission-oriented approach proposed for the forthcoming Horizon Europe programme in January 2018, we were glad to see such […]

EIB’s proposed divestment from fossil fuels could go up in flames

EIB’s proposed divestment from fossil fuels could go up in flames

Pro-gas forces threaten to derail ambitious proposal from Europe’s public bank

In July 2019, the European Investment Bank (EIB) proposed a bold new energy lending policy which would halt support to all fossil fuel projects by […]

« If you had only one wish? »

« If you had only one wish? »

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

This summer, far from Brussels’ overheated streets, I was asked this seemingly innocent question by a friend while chatting after a pleasant walk: “if you […]

European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

New draft energy lending policy might turn the EIB into EU's first climate bank by end of 2020

In its draft describing the new energy lending policy published today, the European Investment Bank takes a big step for climate action. Will it be able to stick to its promise?

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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