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.

The power of innovative financing: renovating buildings for energy-efficient cities

The Covenant of Mayors and the Citynvest project will organise an event for local authorities on how to implement successful financial schemes for buildings renovation.


start date: 04-12-2017
end date: 05-12-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

ERRIN Horizon 2020 Project Development Week (20-24 November 2017)

In light of the publication of the 2018-2020 Work Programme, ERRIN, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network, is organising an entire week of Horizon 2020 project development workshops from 20 November at multiple venues in Brussels.


start date: 20-11-2017
end date: 24-11-2017

  •  environment

EUBCE 2018 – 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 14th to 18th May 2018, Copenhagen

As one of the world’s leading R&D conference combined with an international exhibition, the EUBCE represents the leading platform for the collection, exchange and dissemination of scientific know-how in the field of biomass.


start date: 14-05-2018
end date: 18-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

EUROCITIES & Sharing Cities brokerage event on smart cities & communities call 2018

Together with Sharing Cities, EUROCITIES hosted the sixth brokerage event on Horizon 2020 Smart Cities & Communities 2018 call for funding on 25 October 2017.


publication date: 26-10-2017

  •  environment

Presentations - Plenary Session - EEF Essen - 19-20 October 2017

Presentations - Plenary Session - EEF Essen - 19-20 October 2017


publication date: 24-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

EU Digital Cities Challenge launched

On 10 October 2017, during the European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Commission (DG GROW and DG REGIO) and the Committee of the Regions launched the Digital Cities Challenge. The Challenge invites cities in Europe to improve the life of their citizens through the development and implementation of digital policies.


publication date: 12-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

KSF - GDC conference: Imagine the Urban Future (Brussels, 23 Jan 2018)

EUROCITIES Knowledge Society forum and the Green Digital Charter invite you to their annual event that looks to the trends, technologies and challenges that will shape the future European cities.


start date: 23-01-2018
end date: 23-01-2018