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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independant citizens’ commission hands over its report to the metropolitan council
By Blandine Pidoux | 39 visits
The results of Nantes’ Great Debate on the energy transition, the only one of its kind in France - and possibly in Europe - by its scope and the diversity of the measures taken, have been presented on September 12th, one year after its launch.
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Monday 18 September 2017

Smarter Together: Munich, when e-vehicles clean the streets!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 107 visits
SMARTER TOGETHER is a joint project that aims to improve citizen’s quality of life in nowadays transforming cities. Three lighthouse cities will implement the main demonstration activities in specific districts, monitor the results and upscale solutions at local level. FOCUS ON MUNICH and its e-vehicles!
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Thursday 14 September 2017

Apply to the European Commission’s international city-to-city cooperation programme!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 221 visits
Cities in the member states of the European Union who wish to exchange with a city facing similar challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply for the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development.
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Wednesday 13 September 2017

Electric car sharing scheme is coming to Christchurch
By Floriane Cappelletti | 205 visits
A reduction in emissions, more efficient use of vehicles and publically available car sharing will be delivered as part of a 100% battery electric car sharing service that will be launched in Christchurch (New Zealand) in November.
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Monday 4 September 2017

Cities need support for clean air measures: Energy Cities President meets German chancellor Merkel
By Miriam Eisermann | 681 visits
Today, Energy Cities' President and Mayor of Heidelberg, Dr. Eckart Würzner, meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel during the National Municipal Summit. During the event, Germany's Head of State will debate clean air strategies with around 30 Mayors as well as regional and federal ministers and federations of municipal authorities.
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Wednesday 26 July 2017

The commons transition: it’s all about pooling resources
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 889 visits
Interview with Michel Bauwens, President of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives
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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Smart mobility projects as change-makers? Outcomes from workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria
By Francisco Gonçalves | 868 visits
Common problems and joint solutions for smart mobility and citizen engagement were at the focus of a thematic workshop in Sofia in the framework of the Smarter Together project.
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Monday 24 July 2017

Colours and science to raise environmental awareness in Bielsko-Biala!

The Beskids Good Energy Festival took place June 9 in Energy Cities’ Polish member city Bielsko-Biala. It was the 7th edition of a very popular and recreative festival on energy, environmental and climate protection.
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Wednesday 19 July 2017

Stuttgart : towards a carbon neutral city thanks to a local energy ownership
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1053 visits
In 2011, Stuttgart City Council set up the municipal utility Die Stadtwerke Stuttgart (SWS) as a subsidiary of Stuttgarter Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft, in charge of public transport. The remunicipalisation process ended with the take-over of the distribution networks (gas and electricity) in 2014, just 12 years after the privatisation of the former Stadtwerke TWS in 2002.
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Thursday 13 July 2017

Energy Cities President meets Members of European Parliament to discuss role of cities in EU Energy Union governance
By David Donnerer | 1459 visits
On July 6th, on the occasion of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, Energy Cities’ President and Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Eckart Würzner, compared notes with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the role local authorities should play in the governance of the EU Energy Union, a key legislative proposal currently under discussion in the EU institutions.
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Tuesday 11 July 2017

European Energy Transition Conference - CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1005 visits
In 2018, the European energy transition conference will held in the cross-border conurbation of Greater Geneva.
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Friday 7 July 2017

Energy Efficiency Watch: Learn more about the progress of energy efficiency policies in the 28 EU member states
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1210 visits
You are interested in how the EU is going to meet its energy efficiency objectives but you have missed the Energy Efficiency Watch 3 webinars? This article is for you!
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Thursday 29 June 2017

Just a second...what about the just transition for coal communities?
By Miriam Eisermann | 1357 visits , By Oana-Mihaela Mihalache | 1357 visits
The path followed by Europe since the Paris Agreement to go ‘fossil free’ has made coal communities worry about their future. Torn between economic aspirations and climatic necessities, they have been destabilised by these international climate ambitions and Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement. The most recent report by IDDRI examining past coal mining declines in five European countries and the "Indigenous coal in the EU energy transition" report presented by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) last year will feed into the EU Commission’s current work on the issue.
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Friday 23 June 2017

Cities meet Members of European Parliament to discuss contribution to key energy legislations
By Alix Bolle | 1265 visits
Yesterday, in the margins of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, 5 elected city representatives held an exchange of views with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the role local authorities should play in the various energy legislative proposals that have been tabled by the European Commission as part of the Clean Energy Package.
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Thursday 22 June 2017

Energy Cities launches pan-European study on remunicipalisation and local energy ownership
By Alix Bolle | 1568 visits
How can cities and communities reclaim control over local energy systems? What are the challenges and success factors for creating a local energy company? What are the links between devolution and remunicipalisation moves, community energy and participative governance? To answer these and many other questions around the rise of local energy ownership across Europe, Energy Cities has commissioned a comprehensive scoping study which will be launched officially today during the EU Sustainable Energy Week.
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Tuesday 20 June 2017

How Bristol took back control of its energy
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 764 visits
The City of Bristol in England is known for being a breeding ground for local and community initiatives in favour of an ecological transition, which earned it the title of “European Green Capital” in 2015.
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Monday 19 June 2017

#EUSEW17 starts today, Come and meet us !
By Floriane Cappelletti | 679 visits
The EUSEW Policy Conference is the most important European conference dedicated to sustainable energy policy issues. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas, while networking events forge alliances.
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Thursday 15 June 2017

Inventive measures and tools to accelerate cities’ energy transition: Lisbon and Stuttgart in the spotlight!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 945 visits
Cities keep their course! Cities from all across the world are busy outlining roadmaps and masterplans defining the kind of energy transition they are keen to deliver: 100% renewable or climate neutral by 2050. But 2050 is now!
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Monday 12 June 2017

#maketheplanetgreatagain through mobilising ALL stakeholders
By Claire Roumet | 749 visits
This is how it is. The United States, the world’s second largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions, has announced its withdrawal from the first multilateral agreement on climate change signed by 195 countries. An agreement that reminds us of our shared responsibility and commits each country to imagining its OWN path towards ensuring a “liveable” planet.
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Friday 2 June 2017

Mr Trump, cities won’t change their course! #makeourplanetgreatagain
By Miriam Eisermann | 1454 visits
What cast a cloud since the last US Presidential elections, has become real yesterday evening: Donald Trump officially announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Energy Cities President Eckart Würzner, the Mayor of the German city of Heidelberg reacted with disappointment, but not discouragement.
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