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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'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar 12 December

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Our campaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Tuesday 12 December to give update and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'.

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start date: 12-12-2017
end date: 12-12-2017

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Cities4Europe campaign - Webinar 14 December

Interested in joining 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Our campaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Thursday 14 December to give an update and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'.

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start date: 14-12-2017
end date: 14-12-2017

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French newspaper Le Monde opens its Smart Cities Innovation Awards 'Les Prix de l’innovation' to European cities and beyond!

How will the cities of the future look like? How innovation can benefit cities’ inhabitants, while respecting citizens’ privacy and including the whole population? What new services will allow to progress in the energetic transition and the circular economy?

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publication date: 06-12-2017

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GDC online training on Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Datacentres (feat. EURECA project) : all material available

Presentations from the GDC online training on Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Datacentres (feat. EURECA project)

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publication date: 06-12-2017

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9 cities have already joined the #Cities4Europe campaign. Who will be next?

Nine cities have already joined the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'. Is your city going to be the tenth to register?

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publication date: 01-12-2017

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'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Ourcampaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Thursday 23 November to give you more information and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

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start date: 23-11-2017
end date: 23-11-2017

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'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar II

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Ourcampaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Friday 24 November to give you more information and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

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start date: 24-11-2017
end date: 24-11-2017

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publication date: 22-11-2017

Milan demonstrating the advantages of mutual learning in Sharing Cities

ICF launched their new Policy into Action forum series on 16 November 2017, with their first event on ‘The power of mutual learning’, organised in association with EUROCITIES. Each forum aims to provide a platform to explore, discuss and learn more about how today’s policy challenges and issues can successfully be addressed through programmes, networks and other types of implementation initiative across Europe. Understandably, there is a lot of debate about EU policy-making, but less so...

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publication date: 21-11-2017

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start date: 04-12-2017
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