David Donnerer

20 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


Blockchain: bringing cooperation to the energy market

What makes the blockchain so fascinating and revolutionary for our energy system? Blockchain emerges at a moment when more and more new players enter the energy market, from renewable companies to cities and citizens. We see the unstoppable (...)

By David Donnerer, on 29 May 2018 | 15h39 | 441 visits
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By Miriam Eisermann, on 29 May 2018 | 15h39 | 441 visits


Blockchain and energy transition - what challenges for cities? Find out in our newly released publication!

The blockchain is not just for techies: after stirring up financial markets through the virtual currency bitcoin, the blockchain technology is quickly conquering other industries and markets - notably energy. The energy sector has been (...)

By David Donnerer, on 18 April 2018 | 16h43 | 1720 visits


Not just for techies: Blockchain - more power for cities or for big utilities?

Energy blockchain experiments and pilots are multiplying, driven by tech-savvy entrepreneurs. It looks like the new technology is disrupting the energy system from Spain to the US. And what is in it for cities? Energy Cities makes sense of the (...)

By David Donnerer, on 13 March 2018 | 11h02 | 798 visits


When the EIB is learning from cities: more EU money for local energy?

It was a premiere and a privilege to be the voice of European city leaders: Eckart Würzner, Lord Mayor of Germany’s sustainability pioneers, was the only city councillor attending the dedicated session on sustainable cities during the EIB event. (...)

By David Donnerer, on 8 February 2018 | 11h19 | 1701 visits


An EU budget to make energy citizens a reality

In a joint position paper published today, we sketch a creative policy vision for how the next MFF could best unlock innovative financing and address specific barriers faced by energy citizens and community power projects wishing to invest in (...)

By David Donnerer, on 5 February 2018 | 18h45 | 1149 visits


New PUBLENEF toolbox supports policy makers in tackling energy efficiency challenges

The objective of the PUBLENEF project is to assist EU Member States in implementing effective and efficient sustainable energy policies (with the focus on energy efficiency) and empower them to make use of the best practices and policy (...)

By David Donnerer, on 3 January 2018 | 12h38 | 1051 visits


New EU decision lifts key barrier to investing in energy efficiency projects

When cities now want to invest in energy efficiency projects using EPCs, they can spread the investment costs over the duration of the contract. The cities’ financial department only has to record the EPC fee (cash payment with the EPC (...)

By David Donnerer, on 21 September 2017 | 16h26 | 1617 visits


Energy Cities President meets Members of European Parliament to discuss role of cities in EU Energy Union governance

Sub-national action paramount to reach EU 2050 goals The roundtable was hosted by MEP Claude Turmes and MEP Michèle Rivasi, who are both authors of the draft report on the proposal for a regulation on the governance of the Energy Union. This (...)

By David Donnerer, on 13 July 2017 | 10h04 | 2223 visits


Horizon 2020 and Smart Cities: Our recommendations for the work-programme 2018-2020

The mid-term review of the EU’s Multi-Annual Financial Framework at the end of 2016 has resulted in an additional €400 million for the Horizon 2020 programme and the Smart Cities & Communities (SCC) initiative in the coming three years. This (...)

By David Donnerer, on 17 May 2017 | 11h16 | 1472 visits


New PUBLENEF Energy Efficiency Roadmaps support policy makers in taking action!

PUBLENEF is a Horizon2020 project launched in 2016 that will run for three years. The project aims to assist EU Member States in implementing effective and efficient sustainable energy policies (with the focus on energy efficiency) and empower (...)

By David Donnerer, on 11 May 2017 | 14h04 | 1498 visits


Show your support to an EU Cycling Strategy!

The aim of this campaign is to include the development of a dedicated EU Cycling Strategyin the 2018 work programme of the European Commission. A wide coalition of stakeholders, from public authorities, citizens, civil society to businesses, (...)

By David Donnerer, on 5 May 2017 | 10h36 | 1667 visits


What prospects for EU energy efficiency policy with the Clean Energy Package?

The 2016 Clean Energy for all Europeans package of the EU Commission has reinforced the position of energy efficiency policies in the EU’s political agenda. One of the three key objectives of these proposals is to “put energy efficiency first” in (...)

By David Donnerer, on 2 May 2017 | 11h42 | 1066 visits


EU Emission Trading System: European Parliament puts a cap on local investments in "Modernisation Fund"

As the energy system is set to become more decentralised, the lion’s share of investments will need to happen on the local level – e.g. to speed up the energy efficient renovation of buildings, the uptake of demand management for consumers, the (...)

By David Donnerer, on 23 January 2017 | 11h36 | 1117 visits


Energy Cities’ members multiply renewables by 6 in the framework of Covenant of Mayors - study

Covenant cities regularly monitor their progress in implementing their local action plans (SECAPs). In December 2016, Energy Cities selected 33 cities from its network having signed the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to assess (...)

By David Donnerer, on 10 January 2017 | 12h43 | 866 visits


Covenant of Mayors: Transforming Cities into key EU Climate and Energy Actors

Over 7000 cities have joined the Covenant of Mayors since it came into life in 2008. They have been honoring their commitments to the world’s leading urban climate and energy initiative by substantially reducing GHG emissions through energy (...)

By David Donnerer, on 29 November 2016 | 12h41 | 1016 visits


European Commission’s "Low-emission mobility strategy" highlights best transport practices of Energy Cities Members

The low-emission mobility strategy constitutes the cadre for the Commission’s initiatives in the field of mobility in the coming years. The strategy is anchored in three pillars: increasing the efficiency of the transport system, speeding up the (...)

By David Donnerer, on 26 July 2016 | 10h26 | 1388 visits


Energy Efficiency and ESCO financing: Niš LE(A)DS the way

The city of Niš has been committed to climate change mitigation for a long time. The municipality joined Energy Cities in 2003, signed the Covenant of Mayors in 2011 – committing to decrease its CO2 emissions by 21% by 2020, and adopted a 2050 (...)

By David Donnerer, on 15 June 2016 | 11h05 | 1214 visits


EU Emission Trading System: Our 5 recommendations for a sensible use of the "Modernisation Fund"

The Modernisation Fund, a funding instrument in the framework of the ETS for the period of 2021 to 2030, is a step in the right direction. The Modernisation Fund will use 2% of the EU ETS allowances to support 10 Member States in Central and (...)

By David Donnerer, on 19 April 2016 | 11h06 | 1164 visits


Review of Energy Efficiency Directive: strengthen the local energy savings potential

The EU Commission recently completed a public consultation process for a review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), to collect views from stakeholders on the framework and policies needed to achieve the EU 2030 energy efficiency target. (...)

By David Donnerer, on 9 February 2016 | 09h27 | 1400 visits


Energy Cities’ members delivering on their Covenant of Mayors CO2 reduction commitments

The Covenant of Mayors is a unique bottom-up initiative, in which local and regional authorities voluntarily commit to going beyond the EU’s 2020 CO2 emission reduction target of 20%. This commitment was recently extended to a minimum 40% CO2 (...)

By David Donnerer, on 25 January 2016 | 12h42 | 1235 visits

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