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Wednesday 9 November 2016

People powered cities: from the UN climate talks to energy democracy

Developing real solutions to climate and energy challenges will require imagination, determination and inspiration. Inspiration may come from the many cities, communities and even countries that are working hard to make the energy sector democratic, equitable and based on renewable sources.
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Tuesday 11 October 2016

The Brussels Green Loan: another incentive encouraging Brussels citizens to energy retrofit their homes
By Jana Cicmanova | 1694 visits
Buildings are responsible for 72% of the energy consumed in the area of Brussels-Capital Region. Since 2004, the region has launched a number of incentives, encouraging homeowners to improve energy performance of their dwellings. After an ‘energy grant’ and a ‘renovation grant’, the region has recently launched a revamped Brussels Green Loan.
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Monday 19 September 2016

Geneva (CH) says no to fossil energy!
By Béatrice Karas | 954 visits
In an official statement, the SIG (Geneva Industrial Services) has pledged that all the electricity they will supply as of January 2017 will be 100% renewable, thus definitely discarding fossil energy in favour of hydro and solar power.
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Thursday 8 September 2016

European Energy Transition Conference - Call for contributions, deadline 20 september 2016 - 5 pm
By Béatrice Karas | 1871 visits
The 18th edition of the European Energy Transition Conference, organised by Bordeaux Métropole, the Dunkirk Urban Community and ADEME in close collaboration with Energy Cities, will be held in Bordeaux on 24, 25 and 26 January 2017.
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Monday 27 June 2016

Odense (DK) : Training craftsmen to accelerate the energy transition
By Béatrice Karas | 1205 visits
It all started with the observation that encouraging owners to renovate their houses was quite a challenge. What is the best way to provide incentives? How can the message be conveyed in a timely manner? Local craftsmen appeared to be the solution: they are in contact with consumers and have the attention of those seeking advice on how to save energy and improve the comfort of their homes.
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Monday 20 June 2016

#Democracy - Making the city "an open transformation platform"
By Béatrice Karas | 1114 visits
Interview of Carlos Moreno, a Franco-Colombian university professor. This humanist-scientist is renowned for his expertise of the "human smart city" concept.
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Thursday 2 June 2016

Try new DDDelicious local flavours in new issue of Energy Cities INFO
By Miriam Eisermann | 1074 visits
There are still some days left until summer starts. Nevertheless, we already suggest the three new DDDelicious flavours that will give Europe's energy transition a local taste: Devolution (yummy!), Democracy (dainty!), Divestment (mouth-watering!)
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vendredi 20 mai 2016

#Bornova2016 - Get into the Grand Bazaar!
By Blandine Pidoux | 1497 visits
Energy Cities' Annual Conference in Bornova, Turkey, is in only 2 weeks now and we are happy to announce today the list of 24 forums that were selected for our "bazaar" sessions...
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mardi 10 mai 2016

New dialogues between cities & local stakeholders
By Blandine Pidoux | 1526 visits
Energy Cities has carried out a new exploratory study for cities and diverse project leaders desiring to start a sustainable energy transition in collaboration with all stakeholders in their territory.
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Tuesday 19 April 2016

EU Emission Trading System: Our 5 recommendations for a sensible use of the "Modernisation Fund"
By David Donnerer | 1205 visits
The EU Emission Trading System (ETS), launched in 2005, is a pillar of EU climate policy and the largest system of its kind. Giving a price to carbon and a limited "right to pollute" through Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission allowances, it should lead to widespread emission cuts. However, the EU ETS has so far failed to deliver, resulting in a carbon price of only €5 and billions of Euros of profits for carbon polluting industries. Moreover, the top-down EU ETS has not been faithful to Europe's democratic model. In the ongoing ETS reform, it is therefore crucial to change its purpose, so it serves the locally driven energy transition.
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lundi 18 avril 2016

#bornova2016 - Multi-level cooperation from Paris to Marrakech
By Béatrice Karas | 1125 visits
As Eduardo Lopez Moreno from UN Habitat puts it rightly : "The cities that are most prosperous are not those that strongly compete with each other, but those that strongly cooperate." Our conference in Bornova on 1-3 June will explore how creating links can be most inspiring and beneficial.
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Wednesday 9 March 2016

Thessaloniki (GR) and Bottrop (DE), together in the "Municipalities for a strong Europe" Initiative
By Blandine Pidoux | 1171 visits
The potential to reach social and economic progress through green growth at the local level was the key topic of a German-Greek workshop in Berlin last November. The 35 participants, from our member city of Thessaloniki and the German town Bottrop, discussed their experiences related to energy transition and ideas for green growth stimulation at the local level.
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Thursday 4 February 2016

Local energy transition: French & German Covenant Clubs have recommendations to make for their governments!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1395 visits
On the occasion of a meeting last October in Ettlingen, the French & German Covenant of Mayors Clubs started working on a joint declaration, which was amended after COP21 and has now been adopted.
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Sunday 17 January 2016

The Energy Transition Chronicles: Behind the scenes of successful energy transition processes
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1119 visits
Energy Cities' publication "The Energy Transition Chronicles", driving you behind the scenes of successful local energy transition processes, is now available in English.
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Friday 4 December 2015

Local governance from A to Z: Energy Cities releases Positive Glossary of the Energy Transition during COP21
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1498 visits
As Energy Cities held a workshop on local governance in the framework of COP21 just yesterday, the European association of local authorities in energy transition seize the occasion to release its latest publication.
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Monday 30 November 2015

Victory for local energy! Swedish municipality of Växjö wins case against competition authority
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1548 visits
Three years ago, the municipality of Växjö was sued by the national competition authority for requiring city owners to connect to its local district heating system. This Monday 16 November, the Stockholm District Court ruled in favor of Växjö, marking a victory for local sustainable energy projects, often unable to compete with free market imperatives.
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mardi 3 novembre 2015

Energy Cities’ best practice database has been revamped
By Blandine Pidoux | 1141 visits
Energy Cities now has a completely new interface for its best practice database. Entirely revamped and updated, it highlights the vitality of European cities’ action in the field of energy and climate policies.
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Monday 21 September 2015

EU Smart Cities Agenda should push for an energy transition with cities and their citizens at the core
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1938 visits
The European Parliament's Resolution on the Urban Dimension of EU Policies adopted by the plenary on the 9 September constitutes a push for an energy transition with cities and their citizens at the core. It takes up key positions in Energy Cities’ position paper on the Commission’s Smart Cities Agenda.
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Friday 3 July 2015

Non-state players’ message to COP21 negotiators: Empowering sub-national governments and divesting from fossil fuels
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1600 visits
Gathered in Lyon on the occasion of the World Summit Climate & Territories for two days (1-2 July), hundreds of non-state players debated climate mitigation issues and strongly stated their common will to take on the challenge of limiting global warming below 2°C.
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Thursday 18 June 2015

Energy transition, a true vitamin cocktail for the local economy!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1617 visits
In its study “Economic impact of the energy transition at local level”, Energy Cities identified mechanisms through which energy transition measures stimulate the local economy.
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