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
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUSEW side event 'Cities - can we deliver a Green Deal?'

This session is organised in the framework of the European Sustainable Energy Week

event

start date: 10-06-2020
end date: 10-06-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment

EU budget and recovery – Reclaiming the future for cities

Cities were hit hardest by the corona pandemic - Dario Nardella, mayor of Florence and vice-president of Eurocities, declares a state of social and economic emergency for his city and many others across Europe.

news

publication date: 27-05-2020

  •  environment

Let's renovate Europe: EUROCITIES joins ambitious campaign

EUROCITIES along with a growing list of over 120 organisations has joined the Renovate Europe Campaign, calling for the EU Recovery Plan to include a Renovation Fund for All Europeans.

news

publication date: 20-05-2020

  •  environment

Lahti Energy Choice: supporting citizens’ choices for more energy efficient buildings

The project ‘Energy Choice’, was launched by the city of Lahti in 2016 to encourage citizens to renovate their properties through providing information on the potential financial and CO2 savings as a result of adopting energy-efficient solutions.

case study

publication date: 11-05-2020

  •  environment

Mur|Mur : Retrofitting private buildings to reduce energy consumption

Mur|Mur is a major private housing renovation scheme developed by Grenoble Metropole. The first campaign aimed at reducing energy consumption through the retrofitting of condominiums built between 1945 and 1975. 4,467 dwellings in 84 condominiums were renovated, and in total 173 condominiums benefited from tailored support because of Mur|Mur from 2010 to 2014. The renovations resulted in 5,200 tonnes of saved CO2 emissions, which translates to savings of €135-250 per year.

case study

publication date: 11-05-2020

  •  cooperation

Key messages from our city dialogue on mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities

EUROCITIES brought together 120 strategists from 60 European cities across 23 countries in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities and how to tackle them.

news

publication date: 07-05-2020

  •  environment

news

publication date: 06-05-2020

  •  environment

14 associations across Europe call upon the European Union to set higher co-financing rates for energy projects under the new LIFE programme.

On 20 April, EUROCITIES, and other 13 EU associations, signed a letter to call upon the European Commission and the LIFE Committee to set an appropriate co-financing rate for the future LIFE “Coordination and Support Actions” (CSA) projects on energy transition.

news

publication date: 22-04-2020

  •  environment

event

start date: 20-04-2020
end date: 20-04-2020