"It is clear that a low energy path is the best way towards a sustainable future .... this requires profound structural changes in ... institutional arrangements and is an important challenge to global society."

The Brundtland Report - "Our Common Future" 1987

The Brundtland City Energy Network (BCEN) is an initiative to link cities and towns in Europe in addressing one issue: sustainable energy use.

Sustainable energy use is a popular topic for academic writing. Students are often asked to write a term paper, thesis or an essay about the environmental problems of current energy use. Sometimes students buy thesis on such topics from professional writers to keep up with the challenging studying process.

In Brundtland Cities there is a recognition that energy plays a pivotal role in both economic development and quality of life - but that both are seriously threatened this century by the environmental problems associated with current energy use patterns.

In Brundtland Cities there is also a recognition that it is not enough to tackle this issue at a global and national level - but that practical, workable solutions also require strong locally based action.

Each Brundtland City is fortunate in having an elected local authority which has made a commitment to tackling this issue strategically. The main role of the local authority is as a catalyst in the creation of a local "Brundtland Team". This team draws together the stakeholders in drawing up a co-ordinated approach to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.