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Tuesday 9 January 2018

Registration to the 2018 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is open!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 367 visits
2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Covenant of Mayors initiative launched by the European Commission.
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Wednesday 3 January 2018

New PUBLENEF toolbox supports policy makers in tackling energy efficiency challenges
By David Donnerer | 480 visits
The Horizon 2020 PUBLENEF project has developed a new toolbox, which seeks to provide local and regional policy makers with a set of adequate tools and resources to match their needs on energy efficiency policy.
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Thursday 21 December 2017

Happy holiday season!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 392 visits
The Energy Cities team is taking a well-deserved break!
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Friday 15 December 2017

Believe it or not, there is a bright future for our homes!
By Kinga Kovacs | 521 visits
Wow, what a great morning! The sun has risen and Mr Vinters* steps out of his warm bed. Mr Vinters slowly slips in his slippers and walks towards the huge crystal clear window and looks across the backyard. He sees his neighbour’s house where finally the refurbishment works are finished and he suddenly remembers how terrible the conditions were in his apartment 28 years ago. Now, Mr Vinters can enjoy his warm apartment, healthy conditions with the fresh air mixed with the smell of the morning coffee. Mr Vinters sees his neighbour across the backyard and waves him a hand. On his way to the market he listens on his phone to the morning news where the journalist mentions that the living standards in Latvia have finally reached the highest level across Europe. And Mr Vinters thinks: what a great country to live in!
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Friday 8 December 2017

Renewable energy directive vote: No binding targets, but a strong framework for citizen energy
By Alix Bolle | 484 visits
Recently, the Industry, Transport and Energy committee of the European Parliament voted a draft report on the proposed directive for the promotion of renewable energy. Although strong cases had been made for the support of nationally-binding targets, the final vote only endorsed an EU level target, of 35% (instead of 27% as originally proposed by the Commission). On a brighter side, the proposals for community energy were well reinforced in the report.
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Friday 8 December 2017

Members of EU Parliament vote for cities to have voice in national energy planning
By Alix Bolle | 1015 visits
Yesterday, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the energy and environment committees approved a report on the proposed governance of the Energy Union, including a provision that would require Member States to directly involve cities in national energy planning.
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Thursday 7 December 2017

Encounter with our georgian member, Rustavi
By Christophe Fréring | 923 visits
On 28 and 29 November 2017, in Tbilisi (Georgia), some 20 selected journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova participated in a workshop organised by the Covenant of Mayors East Office in order for them to get more familiar with the objectives and processes of the world’s biggest urban climate and energy initiative.
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Monday 4 December 2017

A new ecological and friendly park in Hadera, Israel
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1493 visits
Whether you wish to do some sport, discuss with friends, have fun with your children or simply do ... nothing! - the Eco Park is the new place to be in Hadera!
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Thursday 23 November 2017

COP23: Cities keen on shoulder-to-shoulder climate action
By Miriam Eisermann | 1070 visits
Where has EU leadership in energy and climate issues gone? Mrs Merkel has been having a hard time defending her "climate chancellor" label, while we are still wondering about Mr Macron as he wishes to verify Europe's political will at his new summit on climate mobilisation on December 12th. The big emittors - amongst which is the European Union - know about their GHG balance, but they still critically lack ambitious policies for reaching the 2-degree limit agreed in Paris.
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Wednesday 15 November 2017

Tampere (Finland) : low energy and carbon solutions in housing cooperatives
By Blandine Pidoux | 914 visits
Low Carbon Housing Tampere Plus (TARMO+) is a three-year ERDF funded project run by the energy agency of Tampere for the promotion of low-energy and carbon solutions in residential housing. It mainly focuses on strengthening cooperation between all stakeholders on the territory.
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Monday 13 November 2017

Greater Geneva : a cooperative cross-border area
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 837 visits
The Swiss partners from the Cantons of Vaud and Geneva and their French counterparts have devised a shared vision of their territory’s development combining mobility, urban development and environmental measures, spurred on by the “Conurbation Project” approach promoted by the Swiss Confederation since 2007 and eligible to co-funding. Energy Cities met Pierre Jean Crastes, co-President of Greater Geneva’s Cross-border Energy Community and Vice-President for the energy transition at the Metropolitan Pole of the French Geneva area.
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Friday 10 November 2017

progRESsHEAT Final dissemination webinars: How to accelerate the deployment of renewables in heating & cooling systems?
By Floriane Cappelletti | 915 visits
Over the past 2,5 years, the progRESsHEAT project has been seeking to assist local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewables in heating and cooling networks.
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Wednesday 8 November 2017

Save the date for the 2018 EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony and Investment Forum!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1305 visits
As the Covenant of Mayors will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, and with the 2020 milestone coming closer, you are invited to the Covenant Ceremony and Investment Forum to be held on 21 and 22 February 2018 in Brussels.
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Monday 6 November 2017

Smarter Together - political commitment in the energy transition process in Santiago
By Francisco Gonçalves | 653 visits
On the 25th and 26th October, Energy Cities co-organized a thematic workshop with Santiago de Compostela Municipality. This event took place in this Galician town within the frame of Smarter Together project.
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Monday 30 October 2017

We are looking for a communications student - Join us !
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 730 visits
Do you want to support our communications around city actions in the energy transition, especially through our digital channels? Apply now and join us for 3-6 months
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Thursday 26 October 2017

Smart Cities: Are they smart enough?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 754 visits
Where do Energy Cities members stand? Two French members have shared with us their definition of a “smart city” with, hovering in the background, a few question marks.
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Friday 13 October 2017

Climate and Energy: Shift in national policies well underway
By Claire Roumet | 1389 visits
“The grownups have finally won” analyses The Guardian at the announcement of the UK’s new climate strategy. Called the ‘clean growth strategy’ and published on October 12th, it echoes the choices made two days before by the new Dutch government to in essence revolutionize the Dutch energy system.
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Wednesday 4 October 2017

How to finance your SECAP: Join the PROSPECT EU-wide peer-to-peer learning programme
By Blandine Pidoux | 1379 visits
Securing financing for sustainable energy projects remains a great challenge for most EU local authorities. Energy Cities is a partner of the new European H2020 PROSPECT project that aims at boosting cities and regions’ skills and expertise through the development and implementation of an ambitious European-wide peer-to-peer learning programme.
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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Lisbon : City administration and citizens working together to improve life in sensible urban areas
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1189 visits
Several years ago, the City of Lisbon launched the BIP/ZIP strategy, aiming to promote social and territorial cohesion, active citizenship, self-organisation and community participation.
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Thursday 21 September 2017

New EU decision lifts key barrier to investing in energy efficiency projects
By David Donnerer | 1312 visits
On the 19th of September, the EU statistical service Eurostat published a new guidance note on how to classify Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) in government accounts. This new guidance note, effective immediately, clarifies and makes it easier for public authorities to finance energy efficiency projects of their buildings and infrastructure. The new rules allow for accounting energy efficiency investments off the balance sheets, thereby not contributing to government deficit and debt.
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