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.

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

news

publication date: 08-02-2018

  •  environment

European Commission launches the EU Energy Poverty Observatory

29 January marked the launch of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory. The Observatory is an online platform that facilitates sharing knowledge and disseminating information on energy poverty in the EU. It is an instrument that offers guidance for policy makers by providing open-access resources and scientific data from across Europe. The platform also provides training resources and technical assistance to the interested parties.

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publication date: 02-02-2018

  •  knowledge society

Imagining an urban future of technology in service of people: GDC-KSF joint conference

Are the cities of the future to be a series of opal blue utopias, or streets of bent necked citizens crouching over screens?

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publication date: 30-01-2018

  •  knowledge society

New publication: GDC 2017 collection of case-studies is out now!

Green Digital Charter collection of case studies 2017

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publication date: 30-01-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Registration to the 2018 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is open!

Since 2008, over 9,200 local authorities have taken action to reach their Covenant of Mayors targets and contribute to the EU climate and energy objectives.

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publication date: 29-01-2018

  •  environment

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start date: 22-02-2018
end date: 22-02-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

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start date: 22-02-2018
end date: 22-02-2018

  •  knowledge society

news

publication date: 24-01-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Time to apply innovative finance schemes in your city!

Does your city/region have ambitious energy and climate objectives? Are your local/regional strategies and action plans are ready? Is securing other finances without burdening the public budget a problem?

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publication date: 17-01-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Time to apply innovative finance schemes in your city! Deadline to apply extended to 28 February!

Does your city/region have ambitious energy and climate objectives? Are your local/regional strategies and action plans are ready? Is securing other finances without burdening the public budget a problem?

news

publication date: 17-01-2018