Strategies and policies

By 2020, the EU aims to:

  • reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20%
  • increase the share of renewable energy to at least 20% of consumption
  • achieve energy savings of 20% or more

All EU countries must also achieve a 10% share of renewable energy in their transport sector.

Main documents

Energy Union

Energy Efficiency Package

Energy Roadmap 2050 [COM(2011)885]

Other documents

Europe 2020 strategy

EU 2020 climate and energy package

Resource efficiency opportunities in the building sector (2014) [COM(2014) 445]

European strategy for low-emission mobility

Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy - low carbon economy package

Urban data and studies

European Barometer Survey

Energy and Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy)

Urban Data Platform



Open Data Portal for ESI

Financing energy renovation of buildings with Cohesion Policy funding (European Commission report 2014)

Progress on energy efficiency in Europe (2015)

Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) - final report

Energy performance in buildings (territorial impact assessment)

Funding opportunities and advice


European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)


Horizon 2020

LIFE (Financial Instrument for Environment and Climate Action)

European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA)

Connecting Europe Facility funds

European Energy Efficiency Fund

European Energy Programme for Recovery

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

'Marguerite' fund for energy, climate change and infrastructure


European Investment Project Portal

European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH)

Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds

NER 300


Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas (JESSICA)


Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy



European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities


European Green Capital Award (EGCA)

European Green Leaf (EGL)

European Capital of Innovation

Project examples

LIFE Programme database - energy related projects

REGIO project database


Smart Cities Information System - Concerto TMD database

ECODISTRICT-ICT - Integrated decision support tool for retrofit and renewal towards sustainable districts

FASUDIR - Integrated Decision Support Tool Overview

RIBUILD - Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings

CETIEB - Cost-Effective Tools for Better Indoor Environment in Retrofitted Energy Efficient Buildings

EFFESUS - Energy Efficiency for EU Historic Districts’ Sustainability

EU legislation

Main laws

Directive 2009/28/EC - promotion of use of energy from renewable sources

Directive 2010/31/EU - energy performance of buildings

Directive 2012/EU/27 - on energy efficiency

Other laws