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  • Have your say - 20.08.2020

    How can the EU's energy rules contribute to a low-carbon future?
    The European Commission is reviewing the EU’s rules on energy efficiency and renewable energies. The goal: to see what reforms to this legislation could contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 55% by 2030. From refurbishing buildings to the transformation of local power supplies, these rules naturally have a significant impact on towns and regions.

    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.
  • Consultation - 30.07.2020

    How can we decarbonise European transport?
    As part of the Green Deal, the European Union wants to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050. But how should Europe go about achieving this?

    Local and regional governments and their associations are encouraged to send in their suggestions to the European Commission. Indeed, the EU’s executive intends to adopt a strategy to meet this target and ensure that the European transport sector is fit for a clean, digital and modern economy.

    Objectives include: increasing the uptake of zero-emission vehicles, making sustainable alternative solutions available to the public and businesses, supporting digitalisation and automation, and improving connectivity and access.

    Please click here for more information and to submit your suggestions. You have until 10 August to respond.
  • Competition - 28.05.2020

    Launch of the European green cities awards
    The European Commission has launched the 2023 European Green Capital (EGCA 2023) and the 2022 European Green Leaf (EGLA 2022) Awards, recognising cities that are genuinely committed to becoming more sustainable. Winners will receive prizes worth €600,000 and €200,000 respectively, as well gain international visibility and acces to a network of previous finalist and winning cities.

    To find out more and submit your candidacy, check out the green city awards' announcement press release and website. You have until 28 October 2020 to apply. Good luck!
  • Environment - 26.08.2019

    Save the date: Join the “Greener cities, Greener Europe” conference on 7 October
    What are citizens’ perspectives regarding environmental urban policies? How can the Urban Agenda for the EU help make your city greener? Join policymakers, local leaders, and experts at the “Greener cities, Greener Europe” conference on 7 October in Brussels to help answer this question.
  • Energy transition - 03.06.2019

    Find funding opportunities at the Energy Info Days
    Interested in funding opportunities for research, innovation and market uptake projects on clean energy? Then come to the Horizon 2020 Energy info days, taking place from 25 to 27 June in Brussels.
  • Energy transition - 27.05.2019

    Shaping Europe’s energy future: policy solutions for a carbon-free EU
    As you may know, EU Member states are required to elaborate and submit National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for the 2021-2030 period. We believe local governments should be involved in this process. That’s why we’re organising a debate on this issue with EUROCITIES and Carbon Market Watch in Brussels on 18 June.
  • Climate action - 14.05.2019

    Flemish cities clap 11 times for the climate!
    We need to reduce our emissions by 50% by 2030. That’s 11 years from now. To raise awareness on the urgency of climate action, and to call for a sustainability pact with other spheres of government, Flemish cities came to together to #ClapForTheClimate 11 times: one clap per year! Watch the video to see what we’re talking about.

    #ClapForTheClimate is an initiative of our member association VVSG, the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities.
  • Climate transition - 17.01.2019

    Finnish municipalities show the meaning of climate ambition
    Helsinki is reducing its emissions by 80%. Turku is on the road to become a “carbon-positive city”. Find out how Finnish municipalities are putting forward ambitious climate plans: our Finnish association, AFLRA, showcased their local climate plans at a workshop co-organised with the Covenant of Mayors on 23 November.
  • Energy - 11.07.2018

    Combine history with sustainability to win €750,000
    If you use solar energy in a protected historic urban district, you could win €750,000€. Apply for the EU “Horizon Prize” by 26 September 2018.
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Eva Baños de Guisasola
Policy Adviser - Environment, Energy and Climate

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