City administrations who welcome new ideas, whether they come from within or from external stakeholders, are more likely to be successful in moving the energy transition forward. Energy Cities share their knowledge, expertise and vision with citizens, businesses, peers and national policy-makers. We support partnerships, twinnings and trans-national cooperation on a broad range of energy matters.
These are exciting times for local energy ownership. Breaking with precedent, cities, citizens and local entrepreneurs prove (often jointly) that they can be socially responsible energy producers and distributors. That is why Energy Cities defend and spread remunicipalisation strategies and help energy communities emerge Europe-wide.
We coordinate efforts for improving energy efficiency and management in various sectors, including public buildings and homes all over Europe. Energy Cities provide solutions for better buildings, including new modes of governance with which local authorities encourage and help home owners retrofit or build in a climate-friendly way.
In response to the challenge of tight budgets, Energy Cities provide new innovative financing methods. The network also helps local authorities align their spending and investments with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This is reinforced by more and more cities unveiling their plans to move out of investments in oil and coal projects. Finally, Energy Cities is pressuring EU institutions for city-targeted and climate-proof EU funding.
Europe is using around half of its energy consumption for heating and cooling (H&C). The sector relies mostly on fossil fuels and it is responsible for about 27% of CO2 emissions. We defend and support the development of locally-sourced district heating & cooling networks to decarbonise Europe’ energy system.
People love smartphones, drive diesel cars, fly to their holiday destination, eat Argentinian steak...unsustainable consumption and production patterns are widespread. Both individual and political will are needed to reverse this trend and encourage behaviours that do not harm the environment. Public authorities play an important role in incentivising lower-carbon behaviours. Energy Cities explore and promote the positivity around green lifestyle choices.
Sustainable urban mobility plans and the overall layout of a city are key factors in how citizens and goods move around. Local authorities all over Europe are designing schemes that give priority to low-emission transport. Energy Cities also foster integration across mobility modes and, with an increase in e-vehicles, an integration between sectors.
An increasing number of municipalities have become facilitators more than regulators. They value their local stakeholders by giving them a permanent seat and by supporting emerging initiatives on the ground. What is needed to turn citizens and businesses into an institutional partner who co-decides a city's energy and climate policy? We defend governance that places local stakeholders at the heart of political decisions.
Cities and regions are on the 100% renewables road. New technologies, new players, new governance and business models. We are witnessing a revolution. With locally-sourced renewable energy bringing numerous socio-economic benefits, Energy Cities' members are progressively shifting their energy mixes towards more renewables. The network is monitoring the advances in renewable policies at the EU, national and sub-national levels.
The overhaul of the energy system requires new ways of thinking and doing. Based on the experience of the network, Energy Cities designs and provides free tools and capacity-building opportunities for a broad range of challenges. The methods compiled and training courses offered aim to facilitate action on the ground. Public servants, elected officials and other locally-active energy transitioners may want to improve their individual or institutional skills to better contribute to a city's or community's energy and climate goals.
The EU has its 2050 strategy for reducing its GHG emissions, which is in line with the Paris climate agreement. Many European cities have alreadystarted working on this crucial long-term exercise. In order to synchronise the future(s) imagined at different government levels, Energy Cities advocates a permanent policy dialogue between decision-makers (including across borders). The network also promotes exemplary city strategies that promise high quality of life and low-carbon footprints.