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.

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Take the Covenant of Mayors survey and win a free journey to the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels

The Covenant of Mayors Office, on behalf of the European Commission and with the support of the Committee of the Regions, is conducting a survey to collect the needs, feedback and expectations of local, regional and national authorities towards the initiative.

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publication date: 11-04-2017

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Tilburg becomes 52nd signatory city of the Green Digital Charter

The city of Tilburg is the 52nd European city, and the 5th Dutch city, to sign the Green Digital Charter, a EUROCITIES initiative promoting progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities.

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publication date: 06-04-2017

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start date: 27-04-2017
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publication date: 20-02-2017

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publication date: 20-02-2017

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publication date: 20-02-2017

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publication date: 20-02-2017

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publication date: 20-02-2017

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publication date: 20-02-2017

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A politicial board of cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy entered a new phase in its history with the launch of the European Covenant of Mayors Board, reaffirming the initiative as a unique political movement steered by mayors.

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publication date: 13-02-2017

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From Greece to the Netherlands: Cities learning from each other on climate adaptation

In January 2017, the 11 European cities selected to take part in the 2016 Mayors Adapt twinning programme (now formally part of the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy), attended one of the four visits organised across Europe to learn about urban climate change adaptation.

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publication date: 10-02-2017

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Europe's cities key to empowering 'energy citizens'

Anna Lisa Boni writes in EurActiv on why cities are key to empowering citizens in the energy transition.

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publication date: 24-01-2017

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Green Digital Charter 2016 Awards: Bristol, Lisbon and Zagreb shortlisted in ‘Creation of European added value’ category

The winning project will be in line with the relevant EU policies and/or targets; has involved in its implementation a number of cities across Europe; and has been replicated (or has the potential to be replicated) in a number of European cities, preferably in different countries.

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publication date: 19-01-2017