Climate and energy transitionBack to all news in brief
Cities Energy Savings Sprint - 20.05.2022
It is crucial to increase energy savings now to prepare for next winter. Every kilowatt/hour saved now will allow us to refill the storage tanks and be better prepared for next winter. Every gram of greenhouse gas we don’t emit in the coming months will be an important step, not only for the climate, but also as an act of solidarity with Ukraine.
In parallel with all the measures for profound changes, reduction of consumption and energy transition, there is an urgent need to take emergency energy saving measures today and to plan for energy consumption reductions during the coming winter. Municipalities have a crucial role to play here.
How can my city take part in the Cities Energy Savings Sprint?
- Register here to join
- Checkout the Toolkit for ideas on emergency measures your city can take
- Use the Communication Kit to promote your local actions and be part of an EU-wide movement
- Share your experience with on social media with the hashtag #EUCitiesSaveEnergy or by sending the Covenant of Mayors an email
Peer learning - 08.04.2022apply for the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy's peer learning programme. The programme offers Covenant of Mayors signatories across Europe the opportunity to increase their capacity and knowledge on climate and energy challenges through peer discussions tailored to their needs.
In 2021, the Covenant Office supported 45 cities, 6 coordinators, and 4 energy agencies. This year, the Covenant of Mayors offers four programmes to respond to local needs: twinning, expert missions, peer review and technical assistance.
Find out more
Peer Learning Programme 2022/2023
Recording of the info session
World Climate Awards - 11.10.202110th anniversary edition of its Global Climate Action Awards. Among the winners are the City of Paris and the Danish island-municipality of Samsø. The two municipalities were awarded the title of "climate leaders".
Paris was recognised for its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, to expand the use of solar panels to 20% of Parisian rooftops and to become a 100% bikeable city.
Samsø, with a population of around 3700, has already become net carbon zero through the use of renewable energy, electric vehicles and biomass.
The awards serve as another example that all places - urban or rural, great or small, central or peripheral - can do their part and have an impact aganst climate change.
Event - 14.06.2021
The summit will explore the challenges and opportunities of embracing nature-based solutions. Hosted on a virtual platform with panel discussions, presentations, workshops, capacity building sessions and plenty of opportunity to connect with other participants. Get inspired, naturally!
Dates: 29-30 June 2021
Website and programme
Languages: English and Polish
Study - 24.11.2020
Drawing on academic and policy expert discussions with the European Commission, the study shows what cities, regions and rural areas can do in a wide range of areas, including energy supply, conversion and use, the transformation of mobility systems and land use practices.
To find out more and read the report, please consult the OECD website.
Consultation - 20.11.2020
With the launch of a public consultation on energy efficiency, the European Commission wants to hear the views of municipalities, regions and their associations on how to improve this legislation. The EU wants to hear about your experiences and proposals! So do not hesitate to get involved. The consultation’s online questionnaire will be available in all official EU languages. You have until 9 February 2021 to reply.
Green finance - 29.10.2020
Discover the full report and the four-page summary for decisionmakers.
Green Leaf and Green Capital - 09.10.2020Grenoble will be Europe’s Green Capital for 2022. The French Alpine city won the award thanks to its ambitious climate and energy policies: carbon emissions will be reduced by 50% by 2030 and 100% of households’ energy needs will be provided by renewables by 2022.
The cities of Lappeenranta (Finland) and Gabrovo (Bulgaria) won the 2021 European Green Leaf Award for 2021, which is given to cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants. Lappeenranta aims to become climate-neutral by 2030, while Gabrovo has made great gains increasing energy efficiency and use of clean technologies. By recognising cities’ environmental efforts, the awards give them visibility and a boost to their territorial attractiveness.
Have your say - 20.08.2020
Municipalities, regions and their associations have until 21 September 2020 to share their views. You can answer the consultations on energy efficiency and/or renewable energies via the Commission’s website.
Eva Baños de Guisasola
Adviser – Global Agendas, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate
Tel : +32 2 500 05 45
Skype : eva.banos.de.guisasola
Search by theme
Governance, democracy and citizenship
International engagement and cooperation
Local and regional public services
Environment, climate and energy
Economic, social and territorial cohesion