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.

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  •  economy
  •  environment
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event

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

  •  economy
  •  environment

Zero is the new Hero: Big buyers joining forces to achieve zero emission construction sites

The Oslo region European office invites decision makers, policy makers, public procurers, suppliers and all interested stakeholders to attend the 'Zero is the new hero' event on green public procurement.

event

start date: 14-05-2019
end date: 14-05-2019

  •  environment

No debts for energy in Almere

The municipality coordinates between different administrations and suppliers to prevent vulnerable households from getting into debt from their energy supply. People receive financial and energy counselling, and social housing units are equipped with solar panels to generate energy at a reduced cost.

case study

publication date: 25-03-2019

  •  environment

Energy efficiency interventions for public buildings and lighting systems in Turin

The municipality has undertaken a fruitful collaboration with the University Politecnico of Turin to collect data on energy consumption and costs for the city building stock, with the aim of making more efficient technical and policy decisions. Renovation of public buildings and substitution of public lighting bulbs with LEDs are among the first actions implemented.

case study

publication date: 14-03-2019

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Smart wood - new SCIS podcast

There is a fascinating smart city material that automatically adjusts to changes in temperature and humidity, provides great insulation and can be sourced sustainably and locally.

news

publication date: 04-03-2019

  •  environment

Covenant of Mayors - Leaflet Energy Poverty

The Covenant of Mayors has just released a new publication on energy poverty entitled 'How to alleviate energy poverty at the local level?'. Get inspired by the Covenant of Mayors cities and regions!

publication

publication date: 06-02-2019

  •  environment

Covenant of Mayors Europe - 2018 Annual Report

The Covenant of Mayor Europe had just released its Annual Report for 2018.

publication

publication date: 06-02-2019

  •  environment

WG AQCCEE Meeting - EEF Genoa - 3 April 2019

Please find below the agenda for the WG Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency meeting that will take place on 3 April in Genoa. (To make sure you have access to the agenda, do not forget to log in to the member's area).

publication

publication date: 24-01-2019

  •  environment
  •  mobility

New SIMPLA guidelines for harmonising sustainable energy and mobility plans

New guidelines published by SIMPLA, the project offering local authorities an innovative, comprehensive approach to bringing together their energy and mobility plans, provide a practical, step-by-step tool to guide the harmonisation process vital to the long-term efficiency of these plans.

news

publication date: 17-01-2019

  •  environment

Barcelona's Energy Advice Points. Being cold at home is not normal. Energy is your right.

The Energy Advice Points are a Barcelona City Council service that offers the necessary information, assistance and intervention for people to exercise their energy rights and prevents companies from denying them access to basic utilities.

case study

publication date: 07-01-2019