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.
With a new climate action law, chancellor Angela Merkel can show how serious the so-called energy transition pioneer takes its task.
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 […]
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 […]
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?
How to reach climate neutral cities? And what is the critical role of the EU in this process? Energy Cities’ members have a clear “3D” […]
The draft versions of EU Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) were to be submitted by the end of 2018. Yesterday, 18 June, […]
Momentum for a net zero EU by 2050 continues to grow. An incredible 328 mayors from across Europe have now signed the joint letter calling […]
It was unprecedented in its breadth and ambition, more than 210 mayors from across the EU calling on EU leaders to chart a course for […]
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.