energy efficiency

As a key factor in the fight against climate change and a reliable means of reducing energy costs for citizens and cities, energy efficiency is a priority for our members.

Cities are continuously working towards improved energy efficiency by:

  • refurbishing public buildings

  • incentivising renovation of private buildings where possible

  • improving public transport and overall urban transport management

  • investing in more energy efficient heating and cooling, such as through district heating and cooling, and seasonal thermal storage

  • increasing energy efficiency of public lighting, for instance through the installation of LED lighting

  • supporting, developing and installing renewable energy within city boundaries, such as energy from waste, biomass, solar, ground/air/lake/sea source and more

Energy efficiency is also one of the priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and for the transition to a resource efficient economy.

Better efficiency helps ensure security of energy supply, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. By 2020, the EU wants to reduce primary energy consumption by 20%.

Cities recognise the central role they play in achieving this goal. On the one hand, 80% of energy in Europe is used in cities. On the other hand, a well-managed urban concentration reduces transport distances for people, goods and energy, and provides potential to increase the energy efficiency of heating and cooling.

We support our members in achieving their energy efficiency goals by providing a platform for cities to exchange best practice, input into EU energy efficiency policy and play a key role in a number of European initiatives, such as the Covenant of Mayors, our CASCADE and NiCE projects, EPOMM-PLUS and CIVITAS.

Our Declaration on Climate Change outlines cities’ commitment to reducing emissions, including through energy efficiency. Driven by our members’ ambition, we also launched our Green Digital Charter, which provides a framework for cities to use ICT as a main driver to improve energy efficiency.

  •  economy
  •  environment

Time to apply innovative finance schemes in your city!

Does your city/region have ambitious energy and climate objectives? Are your local/regional strategies and action plans are ready? Is securing other finances without burdening the public budget a problem?

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publication date: 17-01-2018

  •  environment

European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2018

This year, the 3-day Policy Conference will take place between 5 June and 7 June 2018 in Brussels. The theme of EUSEW 2018 focuses on 'Clean Energy transition'.

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start date: 05-06-2018
end date: 07-06-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Registration to the 2018 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is open!

Since 2008, over 9,200 local authorities have taken action to reach their Covenant of Mayors targets and contribute to the EU climate and energy objectives.

news

publication date: 15-01-2018

  •  environment

2018 EU Green Week: register now your partner event!

Your city is invited to submit partner events proposals in the framework of the 2018 EU Green Week. This year’s edition will take place from 21 to 25 May on the theme of ‘Green cities for a greener future’.

news

publication date: 12-01-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES proposal for amendments for REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on amending Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency

EUROCITIES proposal for amendments for REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on amending Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency

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publication date: 08-01-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES proposal for amendments on EPBD

EUROCITIES proposal for amendments on EPBD

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publication date: 08-01-2018

  •  knowledge society

Citizens and cities centre stage as EUROCITIES amplifies its members’ voices at the Barcelona Smart City Expo

Citizens are the brain of the city. The more control the brain has over the body, the more efficient and powerful the organism. It is for this reason that the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress, as the focus which united its 600 stands, had citizen engagement and empowerment towards building smart cities.

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publication date: 20-12-2017

  •  mobility

EUROCITIES workshop on Clean Mobility Package

On 12 December 2017, EUROCITIES organised a workshop on the Clean Mobility Package, published on 8 November 2017 by the European Commission. The event enabled EUROCITIES members to go into the details of the various proposals included in this 2nd Mobility Package, following the publication of the 1st Package on 31 May 2017.

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publication date: 19-12-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar 12 December

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Our campaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Tuesday 12 December to give update and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'.

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start date: 12-12-2017
end date: 12-12-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Cities4Europe campaign - Webinar 14 December

Interested in joining 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Our campaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Thursday 14 December to give an update and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'.

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start date: 14-12-2017
end date: 14-12-2017