What cities need from the EU & Member States to implement the Green Deal and accelerate the heating and cooling transition

3 years after the Celsius community pledged to bring sustainable heating and cooling to the heart of their cities and accelerate the energy transition, great progress has been made. Moreover, in mid-July, the EU will issue key proposals to address heat decarbonisation – the so-called “Fit for 55” package. It is a critical moment, as this legislative package will determine the direction of heating and cooling policies in the EU for decades to come. Moreover, it will be essential in keeping the bar high on energy and climate action, and in pushing a systemic shift to rethink the heat sector: with cities at the epicentre of this shift, using the right mix of solutions including renewables, circularity (e.g. waste heat) and infrastructure (such as district heating and cooling networks).

To ensure that cities’ needs and leadership role are taken on board in this pivotal moment for the future of heating and cooling, Celsius Cities#DHCitiesEnergy Cities and FEDARENE have come together to endorse the Cities Manifesto for Fossil-Free Heating and Cooling, with more than 20 cities across Europe that have already joined us! The signatory cities of the Cities Manifesto for Fossil-Free Heating & Cooling remain united in their conviction that the heat transition can only be achieved if all government levels fulfil their role, provide the right support mechanisms and establish an enabling regulatory framework for the local level.

Take a moment to read a wish list drawn up by cities / city organisations from all across Europe about how the EU and Member States can enable cities to continue their progress towards fossil-free heating and cooling. Read the Manifesto.

Cities and local governments from across Europe can endorse the Cities Manifesto. This European initiative aims to build a city movement for fossil-free heating and cooling in the course of 2021, and counts on support from cities as key actors to raise its visibility and momentum. Is your city also keen on endorsing the Cities Manifesto for Fossil-Free Heating and Cooling? Then feel free to get in touch with us to see how you can join!

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