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.

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

Urban Food Matters

Like any successful restauranteur, a large helping of the work cities do is coordinating the many actors around them. From civil society to business and research organisations, cities are perfectly placed to ensure a streamlined synergy between stakeholders that ensure innovative solutions for the food system and yields the best result. Cities use an array of policy instruments: citizen engagement, social innovation, new governance models and socially responsible public procurement to...

publication

publication date: 30-10-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES statement on the LIFE programme 2021-2027

The EUROCITIES statement on the Commission proposal for a regulation on LIFE (2021-2027) is now out.

publication

publication date: 08-10-2018

  •  environment

Berlin's innovative wastewater heat recovery for the swimming pool on Sachsendamm

In the framework of the climate protection agreement with the Berlin Senate, the municipal water company, Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB – Berlin water company), was searching for innovative renewable energy sources. Through the installation of a heat pump, they now recover heat from the city’s wastewater systems and use it for a local swimming pool.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - environment

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES environment forum

publication

publication date: 07-06-2018

  •  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.

publication

publication date: 23-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Green EUROCITIES for a greener future

Find our special EU Green Week 2018 publication below

publication

publication date: 22-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

GDC online training on Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Datacentres (feat. EURECA project) : all material available

Presentations from the GDC online training on Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Datacentres (feat. EURECA project)

publication

publication date: 06-12-2017

  •  environment

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

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

publication

publication date: 24-10-2017

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Cities in action: Boosting electromobility, Amsterdam

Amsterdam, a frontrunner in stimulating the use of electric cars, is capitalising on the large datasets from its public charging points to influence policy decisions. Data analysis is enabling the efficient roll out of its charging infrastructure and progress towards its goal of being an emission free city by 2025.

case study

publication date: 05-10-2016