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Unprecedented show of ambition from Mayors across Europe on a shared energy transition

Unprecedented show of ambition from Mayors across Europe on a shared energy transition

More than 200 cities asked EU leaders for far greater ambition in cutting carbon emissions

More than 50 Energy Cities members have signed a joint letter to EU leaders for far greater ambition in cutting carbon emissions. The letter calls […]

Policy brief: “Duty of care”

Policy brief: “Duty of care”

A government’s inaction against climate change is, as a matter of fact, a criminal offence.

Last week I found out that most court cases run by citizens against their governments in the world are based on this common law term […]

Make the EU Greta’gain

Make the EU Greta’gain

Policy brief by Claire Roumet

As spring is coming closer, you can still hear the sound of the youth protesting in the streets, waiting for us to take action, forcing […]

EU elections manifesto

EU elections manifesto

Energy Cities' demands to future EU leaders - out now !

The manifesto is directed at incoming MEPs for the European Elections at the end of May, 2019.In it, we outline four ‘quick wins’ to help […]

Unleashing the power of community renewable energy

Unleashing the power of community renewable energy

New EU rights can help you take control of your own energy

A new booklet published by Friends of the Earth, in collaboration with Greenpeace, Rescoop and Energy Cities (all members of the Community Energy Coalition) explains […]

Our 5 key demands on the next EU electricity market legislation

Our 5 key demands on the next EU electricity market legislation

The legislation must set strong rules to acknowledge, enable and provide rights to energy citizens and communities

The European Commission, the Parliament and the Council are currently negotiating the future electricity market of the European Union. Together with Rescoop and Friends of the Earth Europe, we published a position paper expressing our key demands on the next EU energy market legislation.

How MEP Karins’ Draft Report on EU energy market design is hindering citizens’ energy

How MEP Karins’ Draft Report on EU energy market design is hindering citizens’ energy

In the draft report local energy communities have been marginalised and diminished

The Community Energy Coalition reacted to the MEP Karin’s report on the EU internal market design proposal. Karin’s report hinders local energy community and marginalises their contribution to the energy transition. We’ll explain you why.

Models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities

Models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities

Delivering the energy transition at local level

At the request of the upcoming Austrian presidency of the European Council, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities in energy transition in Europe. Energy Cities prepared a joint contribution together with ResCoop.EU, the European federation for renewable energy cooperatives

EU taking big step forward toward energy democracy

EU taking big step forward toward energy democracy

The agreement makes it easier for European citizens to set up their own renewable energy projects

Early this morning the European Parliament and the European Council reached an agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive: by 2030 the EU will have to […]

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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