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

EurActiv: Cities are key players in the clean energy transition

Writing at the beginning of the EU Sustainable Energy Week Abdeluheb Choho, deputy mayor of Amsterdam and chair of the EUROCITIES Environment Forum says that cities are often leaders in climate action and ambition. National governments need to recognise this and empower them with the financial and technical means to complete their transition away from fossil fuels.

publication

publication date: 19-06-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Participate in a survey about digitalisation efforts for the urban renewal

The Dutch government collects contributions on the EU initiatives working on digitalisation.

news

publication date: 15-06-2017

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

PROSPECT project summary

The project will develop a peer-to-peer learning programme which will allow more than 180 local authorities, collaborating with their local energy agencies, to discuss and learn from each other on how to better finance the development of energy and climate project for buildings, mobility and lighting and more!

publication

publication date: 08-06-2017

  •  environment

Webinar- Financing Energy Efficiency: The Key Role of Standardisation & Benchmarking- 28 June

On 28 June, the European Commission in partnership with the UN Environment Finance Initiative is hosting a webinar on 'Financing Energy Efficiency: The Key Role of Standardisation & Benchmarking'.

event

start date: 28-06-2017
end date: 28-06-2017

  •  environment

Cities in action: Utrecht pioneers smart solar charging

Utrecht has capitalised on high local use of electric cars and solar panels to develop a breakthrough renewable power solution. Smart solar charging is enabling neighbourhoods to self-generate and self-store energy for optimal use and 100% clean driving.

news

publication date: 31-05-2017

case study

publication date: 31-05-2017

  •  mobility

Register to the newsletter: Med Urban Transports Community

Register to the Med Urban Transport Community newsletter and learn more about improving sustainable urban mobility in the Mediterranean area.

news

publication date: 31-05-2017

  •  environment
  •  mobility

How can we unlock energy investment opportunities at the local level? Lesson learnt from Bristol use of ELENA

In the framework of the Covenant of Mayors webinar of last 27 April on “ELENA - European Local Energy Assistance: Inspiration from successful projects” Mareike Schmidt, Service Manager for Energy at Bristol City Council has identified a series of useful lessons learnt from their use of the EIB technical assistance.

news

publication date: 10-05-2017

  •  environment

publication

publication date: 05-05-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Green Digital Charter signatories showcased at SMARTGREENS conference in Porto

Between 22 and 24 April, Porto hosted the SMARTGREENS international conference on smart cities and green ICT systems. The event gathered researchers, developers, companies and projects representatives interested in green ICT solutions, and sustainable energy-aware systems and technologies for smart cities.

news

publication date: 04-05-2017

  •  environment

Cities in action: Climate smart streets

Helsinki’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 is challenging the city to turn the historic centre into a smart, energy efficient district. Climate Street is playing its part by involving residents and businesses in turning novel ideas into practical, replicable, scalable actions.

news

publication date: 02-05-2017

case study

publication date: 02-05-2017