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

Have your say in the Global Covenant Reporting Framework

The GCoM has opened a public consultation period ending on June 15 2018, open to all Covenant cities and any other party to provide feedback on the recommended Common Reporting Framework.

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publication date: 05-06-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

One month left to be the next European Capital of Smart Tourism

Cities have just one month left to apply for a range of honours in smart tourism.

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publication date: 28-05-2018

  •  environment

EURACTIV: Green cities for a greener future

On issues such as providing cleaner air, reducing noise pollution, establishing cleaner water and tackling waste, cities are at the forefront of change, writes Anna Lisa Boni.

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publication date: 23-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Green EUROCITIES for a greener future

Find our special EU Green Week 2018 publication below

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publication date: 22-05-2018

Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE project TOGETHER: workshop in Brussels 4 June 2018

The Province of Treviso (Italy) will organise the workshop 'Leveraging behavioural change for energy efficiency in public buildings' next 4 June 2018, in Brussels. This event is organised within the framework of the project Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE 'TOGETHER', which aims at the promotion and dissemination of the concept of integrated energy management in public buildings.

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start date: 04-06-2018
end date: 04-06-2018

  •  mobility

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publication date: 17-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Europe on the Move: Safe, connected and clean mobility

On 17 May, the European Commission released its third and final set of legislative proposals for mobility. Transport is now the largest source of emissions in the EU, and accounts for 25,000 road fatalities per year and contributes to 400,000 premature deaths from air pollution.

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publication date: 17-05-2018

  •  environment

Hydrogen Innovation Festival 29 May 2018, Tomar

On 29 May MédioTejo21 - Regional Agency for energy and environment, is organsing the “Hydrogen Innovation Festival 2018" in Tomar.

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start date: 29-05-2018
end date: 29-05-2018

  •  environment

Conference "Renewable energy developments and the EU Nature Legislation", 13 June 2018 Brussels

The European Committee of the Regions in partnership with the European Commission, under the Joint Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment, is organising a conference on "Renewable energy developments and the EU Nature Legislation" on 13 June 2018, in Brussels.

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start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 13-06-2018

  •  environment

Ghent and Vaasa twinning - European and local ecosystems against climate change

Cities are taking a determined stand against climate change, but for good climate policy to take effect, the private sector must be on board. In Vaasa, the local government has a stake in the 140-company strong ‘Energy Vaasa’, and is cooperating with private enterprises to make its ambitious climate targets – becoming carbon neutral by 2035 – become a reality.

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publication date: 03-05-2018