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Policy Brief: Do Disturb!

By Claire Roumet on 2 juin 2017

A fortnight ago, we held our Annual conference in Stuttgart - gathering more than 200 members and partners - and I would like to share with you the flavor of it. What struck me, and it always strikes me, is how engaged our members are in being change-makers, no matter of how supportive (or not) is the environment they are working in.

At our conference’s Mayors session, elected representatives from 30 cities discussed and adopted a Manifesto :
“…We, Mayors and local elected representatives, have spent the past years and decades in engaging our citizens in sharing their hopes and expectations for the future, and the kind of society they wish to live in. We have seized the opportunity of the energy transition, a transformation that is bound to happen, to conduct a broader assessment of the structural reforms we need to operate in our cities. In many cases, what started as an energy debate became an opportunity to trigger an economic recovery, launch a local currency, address social inequalities or increase cohesion among our communities….”

The lively debates we had before adopting our Stuttgart manifesto were only about how to convey a much bolder, stronger message…

My conclusion of these intense three days of conference would be that a high ambition to make the energy transition happen, is not only reserved to pioneers and frontrunners, hoping that it will trigger a movement to engage others. No, it is a duty we all share !



Claire Roumet, Executive Director of Energy Cities

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