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

Innovation for a sustainable Future - The Eco-innovation Action Plan (Eco-AP)

Urban data and studies

European Barometer Survey

Energy and Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy)

Urban Data Platform

Eurostat

ESPON

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 and advice

Programmes and funding opportunities

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

Connecting Europe Facility funds

European Energy Efficiency Fund

European Investment Project Portal

'Marguerite' fund for energy, climate change and infrastructure

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

Horizon 2020

LIFE (Financial Instrument for Environment and Climate Action)

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

NER 300

URBACT

Interreg Europe

Advice and technical assistance

European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA)

European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH)

Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS) 

fi-Compass

References

Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds

Networking

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

Awards

European Green Capital Award (EGCA)

European Green Leaf (EGL)

European Capital of Innovation

Project examples

LIFE Programme database - energy related projects

REGIO project database

KEEP

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