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.

Help build the EU’s Climate Pact

Help build the EU’s Climate Pact

Consultation launched on how cities will form the foundation of the EU's Climate Pact

A broad consultation on the proposed Climate Pact has been launched by the European Commission. The Climate Pact is one of the strategic pillars of […]

EU Climate Law enshrines 2050 target but misses climate proofing

EU Climate Law enshrines 2050 target but misses climate proofing

Updated 2030 emissions target due in September

The EU Commission today unveiled their climate law enshrining the target of climate neutrality across the entire EU by 2050. Because it is set for […]

A little space to think

A little space to think

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

This week, my director colleagues (ICLEI Europe, Climate Alliance, CEMR, Eurocities, Fedarene), and I met with the faculty of new European Commissioners. Therefore, I would […]

Addressing our inconsistencies in order to meet the challenge

Addressing our inconsistencies in order to meet the challenge

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

How do we respond to the emergency, to the need to adjust our path and revisit our goals, without changing a single policy? In some […]

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 […]

9 country lessons + 10 recommendations = 1 effective National Energy and Climate Plan

9 country lessons + 10 recommendations = 1 effective National Energy and Climate Plan

New LIFE PlanUp report provides guidance on participative governance to national policymakers

With EU Member States set to submit their final national energy and climate plans (NECPs) by the end of the year, they should tap into the potential of their cities and citizens to design and deliver robust, ambitious and mutually beneficial plans.

Germany fails to regain climate leadership

Germany fails to regain climate leadership

Climate package proposed by Government falls short in meeting demand for ambitious action

It has been trumpeted as a “very powerful package” by the German government. The long-awaited draft of Germany’s first climate protection law, unveiled on September 20, is ultimately insufficient to catapult the so-called energy transition pioneer back into climate leadership.

The tug of war for Germany’s next climate protection law

The tug of war for Germany’s next climate protection law

Where we stand and what Merkel and her team can learn from others

With a new climate action law, chancellor Angela Merkel can show how serious the so-called energy transition pioneer takes its task.

Time travel : Our letter to incoming EU Commission President

Time travel : Our letter to incoming EU Commission President

How to get to 2050 and succeed in 2030

September in Brussels is known as the ‘Rentrée’ when the crowds of lobbyists, commission employees, MEPs and so on make their way back to Brussels […]

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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