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

14 associations across Europe call upon the European Union to set higher co-financing rates for energy projects under the new LIFE programme.

On 20 April, EUROCITIES, and other 13 EU associations, signed a letter to call upon the European Commission and the LIFE Committee to set an appropriate co-financing rate for the future LIFE “Coordination and Support Actions” (CSA) projects on energy transition.

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publication date: 22-04-2020

  •  environment

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start date: 20-04-2020
end date: 20-04-2020

  •  culture
  •  environment

Communicating changes sustainably

ROCK Green Streams Episode 3

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start date: 07-05-2020
end date: 07-05-2020

  •  culture
  •  environment

Communicating changes sustainably

ROCK Green Streams Episode 3

event

start date: 07-05-2020
end date: 07-05-2020

  •  culture
  •  environment

event

start date: 23-04-2020
end date: 23-04-2020

  •  culture
  •  environment

Greener culture is possible

ROCK Green Streams Episode 2

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start date: 30-04-2020
end date: 30-04-2020

  •  culture
  •  environment

Leave a trace, not a footprint! How cities reduce the environmental impact of cultural events.

How cities reduce the environmental impact of cultural events – a free series of three episodes

news

publication date: 15-04-2020

  •  environment

news

publication date: 30-03-2020

  •  economy
  •  environment

The Horizon 2020 calls for energy efficiency are now open!

Around €64 million of EU funding is now available for energy efficiency innovation and market uptake projects. The deadline for applications is 10 September 2020 (17:00 hours Brussels time).

news

publication date: 13-03-2020

  •  environment

news

publication date: 11-03-2020