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

Amsterdam commits to 55% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 at the ChangeNOW Summit

Amsterdam hereby renews its commitment under the Covenant of Mayors. By committing to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, it sets even more ambitious targets than the minimum Covenant requirements (40% emission reductions by 2030).


publication date: 03-10-2018

Apply to be part of PROSPECT: energy efficiency finance peer learning project

The PROSPECT energy efficiency finance peer learning programme is now open for applications. Designed for both experienced practitioners and those wishing to learn, this second learning cycle will start in late 2018 — and applications close on 19 October.


publication date: 02-10-2018

  •  environment

Submit your project for the Energy Globe Award 2019: the largest environmental prize worldwide

Energy Globe Award supports most outstanding sustainable initiatives from all over the world and let them set an example for others.


publication date: 26-09-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Local climate action : several EUROCITIES members raise the bar

Several EUROCITIES members took ambitious commitments to become low-carbon at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on 14 September 2018.


publication date: 20-09-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  environment


publication date: 30-08-2018

  •  environment

Berlin's innovative wastewater heat recovery for the swimming pool on Sachsendamm

In the framework of the climate protection agreement with the Berlin Senate, the municipal water company, Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB – Berlin water company), was searching for innovative renewable energy sources. Through the installation of a heat pump, they now recover heat from the city’s wastewater systems and use it for a local swimming pool.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

European Policy Levers towards Greener ICT

ICTFOOTPRINT workshop in Paris


start date: 24-09-2018
end date: 24-09-2018

  •  environment

The 1st Covenant Cities in the Spotlight call is now open!

In the 10th year of the initiative, the Covenant of Mayors wishes to reward signatories that have been working within the Covenant framework and achieving remarkable progress in their local energy and climate action. Being a "Covenant City in the Spotlight" is a great opportunity to showcase the progress made and become a reference example for the whole Covenant Community and beyond.


publication date: 01-08-2018

  •  mobility

ELENA: supporting the deployment of sustainable and innovative urban mobility

Four of EUROCITIES member’s cities are currently benefitting from ELENA (European Local Energy Assistance) facility.


publication date: 04-07-2018

  •  environment

Lisbon wins European Green Capital 2020 Award

Two EUROCITIES members, Lisbon (Portugal) and Ghent (Belgium), along with Lahti (Finland), were finalists at the European Green Capital 2020 Awards at a ceremony hosted by this year’s Green Capital, Nijmegen (Netherlands).


publication date: 28-06-2018