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New EUKN publication on energy efficient cities: joint action for the built environment

It has become a well-known ambition: by 2020 the European Union wants to reduce its overall CO2 emissions to 20% below 1990 levels. Cities and urban regions are viewed as key actors in reaching the ambitious energy goals. To inspire and support cities on their journey towards energy efficiency, EUKN’s Annual Publication focuses on energy efficiency in the built environment. The publication provides a complete overview of what is happening on all levels affecting local government.

 A large share (40%) of European CO2 emissions are produced in order to heat and service buildings. Even though newly built homes and buildings are meeting ever higher energy standards, many older and historical buildings do not yet meet modern energy requirements. However, in these economically tumultuous times, it is not always easy for cities to face this challenge. They are actively looking for effective, efficient and proactive new solutions and methods that can help them improve the energy performance of their building stock. It is widely believed that this will not only help them to meet European and national targets, but will also lead to city-wide benefits in economic, as well as social and cultural, terms.


The creation of energy efficient cities requires a cross-sectoral approach, as well as innovative forms of governance and financing models. That is why this publication not only focuses on cities, but also provides in-depth analyses of activities at the European and national levels. Thereby, it delves into specific areas of interest, such as Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), social housing, cultural heritage and behavioural change. The publication contains analyses written by European experts and interviews with key stakeholders from both the public and the private sector who are eager to share their knowledge and experiences with other professionals in the field. At the same time, this booklet highlights several case studies which EUKN feels are of particular relevance to local government in Europe.

To download the publication, please visit the EUKN-website. 


The annual conference of EUKN will also be on energy efficiency. Experts from Europe – policy makers, researchers and practitioners at EU, national and local level – will contribute to a two-day international knowledge festival. Antonio Borghi, an Italian URBACT expert; Elena Dimitrova, an architect and researcher from Sofia University and Alfred Middelkamp from the Municipality of Assen in the Netherlands, are some of the invited speakers. The conference is organised on 6 and 7 November 2013 in Oradea (Romania).  For more information and to register, please visit the annual conference page.