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

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.


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.


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.


publication date: 03-05-2018

  •  environment

Cooperation for energy change – Breda visits Leeds with Covenant of Mayors

The Leeds council offices were buzzing with the sawing of wood and grinding of metal; as the city received representatives from Breda to share best practices on climate change, it was in the process of gutting its own building to combat energy waste.


publication date: 02-05-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

LIFE call for proposals published, apply now for environment and climate adaptation projects

To find out more you can check the EUROCITIES funding briefs and join the Covenant of Mayors webinar which will take place on 28 May. National and European info days are also being organised.


publication date: 27-04-2018

  •  knowledge society

Mapping change - a new way to explore GDC signatories

Even wonder what your neighbours are getting up to?


publication date: 13-04-2018

  •  mobility


start date: 02-05-2018
end date: 03-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

6 Webinars organised by SIMPLA to learn more about sustainable energy and mobility

Between 11 April and 07 June SIMPLA, which supports local authorities in harmonising their SEAPs and SUMPs. is organising 6 webinars


start date: 11-04-2018
end date: 11-04-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment

Get ready! INTERREG Europe opens 4th call for proposals 7 May

The call is open from 7 May until 22 June. It is targeted at public authorities and non-profits, and must address on. Apply online!


publication date: 29-03-2018