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Friday 11 March 2016

Milton Keynes: Boosting electric car use towards "ultra-low emission" mobility
By Kinga Kovacs | 757 visits
Energy Cities' member city of Milton Keynes (UK) was selected, based on its city-specific plan, as winner of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme which aims to boost electric car use in the country. This is part of the eco-cities funding to support the British industry and achieve the ambition of almost every car, bus and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2050, as explained by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.
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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 | 1130 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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Monday 7 March 2016

"Inspiring change" at our Annual Conference, 1-3 June 2016, Bornova (Izmir), Turkey
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 659 visits
Three months left before Energy Cities' Annual Conference kick-starts in Bornova (Izmir) on the Turkish West coast!
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Monday 7 March 2016

Pamplona heading towards energy self-sufficiency
By Floriane Cappelletti | 825 visits
The traditional large utility companies may well look at what is happening in the city of Pamplona with suspicion. In this city of 196,000 inhabitants located in North-Eastern Spain, the shift to renewable and decentralised energy has become a concrete political aim since the elections last year.
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Thursday 3 March 2016

Display® in the Maghreb
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 621 visits
Thanks to the support from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) Display® is being promoted in the Maghreb.
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Wednesday 2 March 2016

The Covenant of Mayors launches its "Capacity-sharing Corner"
By Floriane Cappelletti | 683 visits
The very new Covenant Capacity-sharing Corner aims at building and reinforcing signatory cities' capacities to develop and implement sustainable energy & climate action plans.
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Friday 19 February 2016

UK cities react against the government attack on their freedom to divest

Several UK cities, including Energy Cities’ member Milton Keynes, have spoken up against controversial plans from the national government to put restrictions on their freedom to divest from fossil fuels. Once again local leadership is being hampered by obstacles from the national level. A situation which reminds us of the not-so-distant case of the city of Vaxjo’s ambitious sustainable energy legislation being challenged by the Swedish competition authority.
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Thursday 18 February 2016

Barreiro: the foresighted bike booster
By Blandine Pidoux | 771 visits
The Portuguese city of Barreiro, located in the Lisbon region, has just invested 4 million euros in the development of a 100k-long cycling path. This decision is driven by the promising environmental, energy, climate and public health benefits of bike use in the urban area.
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Tuesday 16 February 2016

Local currencies, a necessary energy transition tool
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 888 visits
Used as an alternative to the euro in a given locality, a city or a region, complementary local currencies help strengthen, enrich and preserve exchanges and social bonds, create jobs and reduce the environmental footprint. They also stimulate the local economy and boost local consumption and production.
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Monday 15 February 2016

Towards Energy Democracy? Our 4 Recommendations for the revised Renewables Directive!
By Alix Bolle | 818 visits
The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has provided a crucial framework and impetus for Member States to enact ambitious national programmes and support schemes for renewable energy installations. Without the RED-mandated national binding targets for renewable energy (RES) and the feed in tariff systems that followed, we would be nowhere near we stand now, especially in terms of technology development and related job creation – for which Europe has played a leadership role. The EU is keen to maintain this champion title, but is being outpaced by other regions and countries such as China. Maybe this shows the time has come for a new approach to renewable energy development: one that centers on what used to distinguish Europe from other regions of the world: its social model.
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Thursday 11 February 2016

Portuguese city of Águeda sets up a local Fund for Energy and Water Efficiency
By Jana Cicmanova | 1136 visits
Known for its colourful streets, the small Portuguese town of Águeda undertakes a number of actions from environmental education to technological innovation and energy efficiency with the objective to become the first ‘Smart City’ in the country. It does not lag behind the front-runner European cities when it comes to innovative financing either. The municipality has just created a local Fund for Energy and Water Efficiency based on the model used by the city of Stuttgart (Germany).
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Tuesday 9 February 2016

Review of Energy Efficiency Directive: strengthen the local energy savings potential
By David Donnerer | 1384 visits
In 2016, the EU Energy Efficiency Directive is bound to be revised. Energy Cities recently responded to a public consultation of the EU Commission on the Energy Efficiency Directive. See here the main points of our response.
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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 | 1355 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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Thursday 28 January 2016

Croatia’s first local energy revolving fund is in Koprivnica!
By Jana Cicmanova | 1716 visits
When it comes to energy efficiency and innovative financing solutions, the city of Koprivnica is one the leading local authorities in Croatia. Together with its strategic partner Regional Energy Agency North (REA North), the municipality explored the opportunity to set up a local energy revolving fund that would finance its sustainable energy actions in the public sector.
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Tuesday 26 January 2016

The EU in Dutch hands: A semester of opportunities!
By Miriam Eisermann | 1350 visits
Since January, the Netherlands are holding the six-months EU presidency as part of a rotating system amongst the EU member states. The Dutch agenda will be packed when it comes to climate and energy policies. Here is what cities can expect:
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Monday 25 January 2016

Energy Cities’ members delivering on their Covenant of Mayors CO2 reduction commitments
By David Donnerer | 1216 visits
In the aftermath of the UN climate conference in Paris, we are proud to show that Energy Cities’ members are at the forefront of climate action. An evaluation of their performance in the Covenant of Mayors at the end of last year proved that they have managed to exceed EU ambitions in terms of CO2-emission reduction and energy efficiency, ahead of the 2020 benchmark.
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Friday 22 January 2016

Be part of Energy Cities’ biggest Annual event: 1-3 June 2016
By Miriam Eisermann | 746 visits
Right in the middle of Green Week 2016, we propose our 3-days conference in the Turkish city of Bornova (Izmir). It will ignite curiosity and INSPIRE CHANGE THROUGH COOPERATION.
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Sunday 17 January 2016

The Energy Transition Chronicles: Behind the scenes of successful energy transition processes
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1084 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 15 January 2016

Tbilisi (Georgia): energy policy for the people
By Miriam Eisermann | 1059 visits
Back in the 1990s Georgia made first steps towards energy efficiency through small-scale donor supported programs. Since then, a lot has changed and climate and energy action has scaled up considerably. Much of it happens at the local level, thanks also to the Covenant of Mayors' efforts in the area.
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Wednesday 13 January 2016

Frederikshavn, Denmark: Mobilising savings ‘sleeping’ on citizens’ bank accounts
By Jana Cicmanova | 1354 visits
Local banks in the city of Frederikshavn confirm that citizens have never had such large savings on their accounts as they have today. However, it is not easy to convince them to make use of the money for energy renovation of their houses.
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