Vision and mission


Energy Cities is a network of 1,000 local governments in 30 countries. We believe that the energy transition is about more than renewable energy or great technologies: It is about a wise use of resources while strengthening local participation and well-being in a democratic Europe.

Our vision

Energy Cities wants a radical transformation of the energy systems and policies, giving citizens the power to shape a decentralised and renewable energy future. We trigger a trustful dialogue between citizens, local leaders and EU & national institutions to accelerate the energy transition in Europe.

Celia Blauel portraitDeputy Mayor of Paris – France, Célia Blauel
“A genuine power shift towards local communities is long overdue. More than anything else, a transformation of the energy system will strengthen our democracy.”
Gerda Stuchlik portraitDeputy Mayor of Freiburg – Germany, Gerda Stuchlik
“Together, we are driving change through decentralised, renewable energy production and reducing the energy needs of society.”
Milan Bandic portrait Mayor of Zagreb – Croatia, Milan Bandic
“In order to achieve the EU 2030 and especially the ambitious EU 2050 energy targets, cities and regions must be the leaders of a new way of thinking. The focus must not be on the whether, but on the how.”

Our mission

Energy Cities help cities raise their voice. Through persistent advocacy work in Brussels and Member States, we transform European governance and legal frameworks to allow cities to fully play their part in the energy transition.

Our events provide creative spaces for the members of the network to connect and share experiences. We develop, test and apply new solutions in projects. They serve as tools for others. The stories we share demonstrate the many benefits of a participatory energy transition to national and European decision-makers.

Evangelos Evangelides Portrait Mayor of Aradippou – Cyprus, Evangelos Evangelides
“As part of the large community of Energy Cities we have a strong voice in Brussels. Being a member also helps us both better understand how European policies affect us and get recognition for our achievements;”
Joan Ribo Canut Portrait Mayor of Valencia – Spain, Joan Ribó Canut
“Even if the circumstances differ from one country to another, from one city to another, there is so much that we can share with our peers as we have the same challenges to tackle. Every gathering brings new inspiration.”
Birgit Hansen Portrait Mayor of Frederikshavn – Denmark, Birgit Hansen
“To lead by example, we must challenge ourselves and the way we think about energy at every step of the way. Joint projects such as INNOVATE are a good way to do that and they result in a wide array of helpful planning tools.”

Our impact

Energy Cities 2018 Activity Report

Energy Cities

Energy Cities being one of the founders and long-term supporters of the Covenant of Mayors, the network is also a great means to dive into the wider, global Covenant of Mayors community: a community of thousands of cities driving the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.