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Monday 22 January 2018

Innovative Financing in Cities and Regions: Join a unique EU-wide P2P learning programme!
By Blandine Pidoux | 1900 visits , By Jana Cicmanova | 1900 visits
The new Peer-to-Peer learning project PROSPECT H2020 has just launched its first call for applications! PROSPECT will offer you a total of 3 learning cycles on innovative financing schemes for your energy and climate actions, starting respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019. You can now apply online to take part the first P2P learning cycle starting in May 2018, either as a mentor or mentee city or region, and before the 28th February 2018.
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Monday 22 January 2018

Financing local climate & energy actions: Get inspired by Covenant cities and regions!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 999 visits
Cities and regions of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy are taking action to mitigate climate change, adapt to its unavoidable consequences and provide their citizens with access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
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Thursday 18 January 2018

Everybody to Switzerland!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1145 visits
Part of the team will move to Geneva for the European Energy Transition Conference, where you will have the opportunity to meet us at workshops or over a drink to discuss and share ideas. In Geneva, four INSPIRATION workshops will be organised by Energy Cities between 30th January and 1st February.
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Wednesday 17 January 2018

What future for district heating in Eastern European countries? Possible anwsers with the case of Brasov, Romania
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1060 visits
District heating in general is seen as an important opportunity to decarbonise the heating sector, especially in urban areas, and therefore important to reach European and global climate goals.
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Tuesday 9 January 2018

Registration for the 2018 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is open!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1233 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 | 1031 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 | 826 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 | 914 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 | 881 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 | 1311 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 | 1112 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 | 1786 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 | 1246 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 | 1104 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 | 984 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 | 1046 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 | 1461 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 | 795 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 | 963 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 | 919 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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