Växjö’s impressive district heating network uses heat from a combined heat and power plant, powered by waste wood biomass. Rather than importing energy, the city has long preferred to tap into its local resources, with half of its territory being (...)
Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu and RegioStars jury president MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij announced the winning projects, chosen amongst 17 finalists in the following categories: Scandinavian Game Developers: Smart Growth – (...)
Ambitious, you would say. It is, indeed. The Urban Academy wants to engage all parties in a co-creation and co-design process. The main partners are the University of Helsinki, Aalto University and the City of Helsinki. The network brings (...)
Since 2009 onwards, some 6,500 local authorities have already committed to the 2020 CO2 reduction objective. As part of the "New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy", signatory cities will pledge action to support implementation (...)
The city of Brussels won the 1st prize: an urban art mural by the Argentinian artist Elian. The artist completed his work beginning of October, in the framework of the Nuit Blanche, an event which aims at allowing people to discover Brussels (...)
Th resolution postulates that in regard to the key EU principles of subsidiarity, multi-level governance and the partnership principle, the “[…] engagement of the resources and competences of local and regional authorities should be reinforced (...)
On Thursday 15 October 2015, representatives from towns and cities leading the way on climate mitigation and adaptation will meet in Brussels to launch a new Covenant of Mayors at a high-level ceremony.
This new Covenant of Mayors: will (...)
Close to 6,500 signatory municipalities are voluntarily committed to going beyond the EU objective of 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020.
Following the 2030 EU climate and energy policy framework adopted in October 2014 and the new EU (...)
The aim of this study is to identify in which ways technical assistance programmes such as ELENA-EIB can help unlock investment in cities. The projects undertaken by Energy Cities’ members that we have reviewed cover a wide array of sectors, from (...)
They intend to meet that challenge by aligning their daily local and regional actions with the decarbonisation of the world economy scenario, taking into account the various national, regional and local circumstances and respective capabilities, (...)
The high frequency and delivery time requirements, the weight of freights and the large number of shipments characterizing these deliveries indicate a significant potential for increased energy consumption and CO2 emissions in urban freight (...)
Energy Cities’ anniversary cocktail on 18 June 2015 in Brussels.
A jury composed of experts in energy & climate issues and communication selected the picture submitted by the city of Brussels. The photo displays the ’Energy’ technicians of the (...)
Local authorities will find different approaches to assess and describe the economic and social benefits of their energy and climate policies.
The study is based on six case studies: five European local authorities (Brussels Capital, (...)
Please note that pre-registration is closed but you can register on-site. Wednesday 17 June 09:00-10:30
Energy Label 2015: A new look for market transformation and consumer empowerment
EUSEW workshop organized with EEB and Coolproducts
Further to the kick-off meeting of the TANDEM project, held in September 2014 in Strasburg, the cities have decided to extend their partnership to climate and energy issues. The involved staff members quickly realised they had much to bring to (...)
Marta Felip, Mayor of Figueres, Spain
"In my opinion, COP21 negotiators have to be aware of two conditions necessary to the energy transition. Firstly, all actors need to fully understand the energy issue. While many policy-makers (...)
Joint procurement between cities is on a roll. End of March, on the occasion of
a pre-COP21 meeting in Paris, about thirty mayors from European capitals
and big cities adopted a declaration aiming at engaging in joint public procurement (...)
In a declaration adopted by Energy Cities’ General Assembly on 23 April in Aberdeen, Energy Cities’ members say they are "ready to make peer-to-peer exchange between local leaders a driver of the energy transition".
Amongst them, the signatories (...)
"A resilient community produces the food, energy, water, things and incomes it needs locally" (John Robb, American author and entre-preneur). It results in self-sufficiency, and therefore in greater independence concerning a city’s needs. Sounds (...)
by Fiona Woo, Policy Officer – Climate and Energy, World Future Council.
The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy-making. Together with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments and (...)
From 15 January to 31 March 2015, all local authorities part of Energy Cities could send a picture of their energy & climate team along with a motto, somehow linked to sustainable energy.
We received 11 funny and creative photos that you (...)
German Minister Sigmar Gabriel and French Minister Emmanuel Macron indeed call for the creation of a new "Common EU Fund aiming to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency". The declaration also writes that the "Juncker Plan could support (...)
The contest is now closed and our member cities have submitted nice creative pictures.
You can now vote for your favourite photo and help the city win an amazing urban art piece!
The Award Ceremony will be held in the framework of our Annual (...)
In a short but very emotional speech, UN Secretary General congratulated local authorities for their outstanding achievements in reducing CO2 emissions and pollution, improving energy efficiency and making the best of their local renewable (...)
That makes Aberdeen an exciting place to welcome city representatives and energy experts from all around Europe to meet, discuss and network in the friendly atmosphere of which Energy Cities alone has the secret.
A rich programme will allow you (...)
On this occasion, a declaration was adopted to highlight cities’ commitment to joint public procurement. The orders relate to the fields where cities have an important buying power and where carbon impact is significant : transport (hybrid and (...)
For Energy Cities, the energy transition is a shift from a system dominated by finite (fossil and fissile) energy towards a (renewable) flow energy-based system. Such a shift requires simultaneously taking ambitious actions to reduce our energy (...)
Frankfurt-am-Main has a long tradition of controlling energy use and cutting CO2 emissions which started in the 1990’s. “Energie Referat” (the local energy agency) and the city’s town planning department are working in close collaboration with (...)
The report, entitled “Energy Efficiency - the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments”, identifies the critical success factors, policies, market instruments and financing solutions to increase (...)