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.

  •  environment

Webinars on sustainable heating and cooling for local authorities: register now!

The PLANHEAT project is organising a first webinar on 4th September on heating and cooling for local authorities.

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start date: 04-09-2017
end date: 04-09-2017

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Financing Clean Energy for all Europeans

Energy transition for jobs, growth, and investment Joint conference of the European Parliament and the European Commission

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start date: 07-11-2017
end date: 07-11-2017

  •  environment

2017's CELSIUS Summit - The Power of Networks in November

2017's CELSIUS Summit - The Power of Networks will be held from 27th to 28th of November in Gothenburg, Sweden. This dynamic conference will showcase the latest research and technological developments in addition to addressing key challenges faced by cities in the planning, development and optimisation of their district energy systems.

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start date: 27-11-2017
end date: 28-11-2017

  •  mobility

Places available for the CIVITAS study visit in Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Are you interested in learning more about successful school mobility management practices? Do you want to share your experience on this issue? Then don't miss this opportunity! A few places are still available to join the CIVITAS study visit in Reggio Emilia on 11-12 October!

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publication date: 25-07-2017

  •  environment

The Business Booster conference on clean energy innovation

This year, the Business Booster will take place in Amsterdam on the 25th and 26th of October 2017.

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start date: 25-10-2017
end date: 26-10-2017

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

URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

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publication date: 25-07-2017

  •  environment

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start date: 21-05-2018
end date: 25-05-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment

PROSPECT - Peer-powered cities and regions has been launched!

The PROSPECT project had its kick off meeting on 5-6 of July in Brussels. A three year project bringing together 10 partners from across Europe, PROSPECT will develop a peer-to-peer learning programme, which will allow more than 180 local authorities, collaborating with their local energy agencies, to discuss and learn from each other on how to better finance the development of energy and climate project for buildings, mobility and lighting and more!

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publication date: 19-07-2017

  •  economy
  •  environment

PROSPECT - Peer-powered cities and regions has been launched!

The PROSPECT project had its kick off meeting on 5-6 of July in Brussels. A three year project bringing together 10 partners from across Europe, PROSPECT will develop a peer-to-peer learning programme, which will allow more than 180 local authorities, collaborating with their local energy agencies, to discuss and learn from each other on how to better finance the development of energy and climate project for buildings, mobility and lighting and more!

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publication date: 19-07-2017

  •  environment

Apply now for the IUC city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development

The new call of the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development. European cities who wish to exchange with a city facing similar challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply.

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publication date: 18-07-2017