The EU Covenant of Mayors is the world’s largest movement for local climate action and energy transition, bringing together more than 9,200 local and regional authorities across the Europe, determined to take action to help meeting the EU climate and energy objectives.
The ACE-Retrofitting project, co-funded by the Interreg North-West Europe programme, has launched a discussion group open to all individuals interested in the energy retrofitting of condominiums (tenements).
The municipality of Vantaa uses Energy Service Contracting (ESCO) to improve the energy efficiency of 26 of its public buildings, in a way that does not entail any costs for the municipality as the expenses will be covered with the savings produced by the efficiency gains.
The new EU Energy Poverty Observatory was launched yesterday at an event in Brussels hosted by Energy Union Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete.
Any city (big or small) can apply for labelling their local event as a partner event of the EU Green Week 2018!
The Green Week – Europe’s leading environment event – will hold its 2018 edition from 21 to 25 May. Any city (big or small), environmental organisations, science centres and museums, business organisations, associations, etc., can applyto label their events as partner events.
Financing of energy retrofit works can be costly. For example, in Picardie region in France, a single family house can be refurbished for € 42,000, achieving on average 56% energy savings.
Although they have fewer than 100 inhabitants, a number of small villages are fully engaged in the Covenant of Mayors – thanks to their cooperation with other municipalities and strong support from Covenant Coordinator
The peer-to-peer (P2P) learning project PROSPECT H2020 has just launched its first call for applications. PROSPECT will offer you a total of 3 learning cycles on innovative financing schemes for your energy and climate actions, starting respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019.
On the 14th of December 2017, the Covenant of Mayors Group of Practitioners met with representatives from the European Commission in Brussels to discuss how to further progress of the Covenant initiative in Europe.
As part of the objective of becoming 100% fossil fuel free by 2030, Kalmar County has set up a public procurement for the purchase of biogas fuelled buses. Authorities from the county and the city of Kalmar chose to reuse biomethane produced from cattle manure to run the buses, both addressing the issue of over-fertilisation and fostering the shift towards a carbon neutral transport system.
The results of the call of the Covenant of Mayors twinning programme have been unveiled. Amongst more than 100 applications received, 12 municipalities and 2 provinces have been selected. A total of seven peer-to-peer exchanges will be organised and funded by the programme.
Update – registration for the above event is now open.
As the Covenant of Mayors will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, and with the 2020 milestone coming closer, you are invited to the Covenant Ceremony and Investment Forum to be held on 21 and 22 February 2018 in Brussels.
The “putting energy efficiency first” principle set out in the Clean Energy for all Europeans package of the EU Commission, is bound to accelerate the multilevel implementation of energy efficiency policies across Europe. To this end, technical assistance provided through the Project Development Assistance priority under the Horizon 2020 programme and through the EIB-ELENA facility plays a crucial role in building the required expertise for preparing substantial energy efficiency investment programmes.
The European Commission has recently launched a public consultationon its strategy on adaptation to climate change.
The EU Climate Adaptation strategy which was adopted in April 2013 aims to increase the resilience of the EU by enhancing the preparedness and capacity of all government levels to respond to the impacts of climate change.
The Conference Programme will address topics from biomass itself to bioliquids and biofuels for heat and electricity, transport and biobased products, covering all aspects of each value chain, from supply and logistics to conversion technologies, from industrial application of research results to impacts on the environment, from market and trade aspects to policy strategies, not least to the role of biomass as a source in integrated energy systems.
The EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published newstudies dedicated to support European cities in tackling urban pollution.
The support provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) enables signatory cities of the Covenant of Mayors East initiative to scale up their energy and climate action.
A new European initiative for cities aims to foster the quality of life in urban areas through the peaceful use of satellite services.
Space for cities was launched by Eurisy, a non-profit association of space agencies that fosters the use of satellites in non-space sectors such as transport, health, environmental protection, agriculture or land use. This initiative seeks to promote the use of satellite applications to make European cities healthier, cleaner, safer and more efficient.