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

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

Webinar on active involvement of citizens for energy saving

The Sharing Cities programme will host a webinar on the Digital Social Market (DSM) in Lisbon, an online engagement platform on Thursday 17 January 2019, 15:00-16:00 (CET, Brussels time).

event

start date: 17-01-2019
end date: 17-01-2019

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Be part of the best European energy projects at EU Sustainable Energy Week Awards

© European Union, 2018. LIFE projects tackling energy issues can now compete for the next EU Sustainable Energy Week Awards.

news

publication date: 21-12-2018

  •  environment

Covenant of Mayors city-twinning programme 2018/19: 5 EUROCITIES members selected

Bologna, Braga, Nice Metropole, Turku and Vilnius have been selected to take part in a peer-learning exchange on climate mitigation and adaptation at local level in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors city-twinning programme 2018/19.

news

publication date: 19-12-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

2018 at a glance: Key facts and figures of the Covenant of Mayors in Europe

Are you wondering about the impact of the Covenant of Mayors community? Check our 2018 infographic and discover the achievement of the 8,800+ signatory cities.

publication

publication date: 18-12-2018

  •  environment

news

publication date: 10-12-2018

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

publication

publication date: 04-12-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

Lille citizens panel on air quality - Report

As part of our citizens panels initiative, Lille Metropole organised a large consultation on air quality in November which gave citizens the opportunity to hear from and debate directly with the European Commission and other experts and put forward possible solutions.

news

publication date: 19-11-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment

High-Level Conference: EU Research and Innovation in our daily life

The European Parliament and the European Commission are organizing a joint conference taking place on November 27 and titled: 'EU Research and Innovation in our daily life'. The event will take place in Brussels and will be focusing on how the 200 billion euros invested over the past 30 years have affected citizens' daily life.The conference will bring together researchers and politicians to reflect on past and present achievements and will focus on the following areas: health and...

event

start date: 27-11-2018
end date: 27-11-2018