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.

Sharing Cities Trade Show event

The Greater London Authority presents the Sharing Cities ‘trade show’ event. Sharing Cities has delivered proven financial, social and environmental benefits in each of its test cities. The project partners want to share their learning, business models and innovative methods of financing with participants to the event in order to replicate this success elsewhere.


start date: 25-09-2019
end date: 25-09-2019

  •  environment

100% Renewable Heating & Cooling for a Sustainable Future

The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC ETIP) organises the event 100% RHC for a Sustainable Future, the opportunity for RHC experts to learn, network and present their RHC innovative projects.


start date: 28-10-2019
end date: 28-10-2019

  •  environment


publication date: 07-08-2019

Smart city solution learning opportunity with Sharing Cities

Sharing Cities is looking to work with three to five cities with an interest in replicating smart city solutions.


publication date: 19-06-2019

  •  environment
  •  mobility

European Energy Innovation: The e-mobilty revolution

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, shares thoughts on the potential impacts of é-mobility in cities.


publication date: 07-06-2019

  •  knowledge society

SCIS Webinar – Connect to Europe’s best smart city projects

On 27 June, SCIS will host a webinar to present its objectives and how this platform can help you or your members/partners in your initiatives and projects The webinar will take place from 11:00 to 12:00 CET (Brussels time).


start date: 27-06-2019
end date: 27-06-2019

  •  environment

Booklet of Positive Energy Districts (PED) in Europe - contribution still open

This booklet is a compilation of projects on sustainable urbanisation and the energy transition.


publication date: 23-05-2019

  •  environment

Designing smart and efficient energy policies with citizens at local level

This session proposes to present diverse local and European projects using new methods to face the difficulties that cities have in designing local energy retrofitting services


start date: 21-06-2019
end date: 21-06-2019

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Webinar: Covenant of Mayors reporting framework revision

The webinar will present the revised version of the Covenant of Mayors reporting framework. During the webinar signatories, coordinators and active supporters will be asked to provide their comments and feedback on the proposed revision.


start date: 21-05-2019
end date: 21-05-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility


start date: 17-06-2019
end date: 17-06-2019