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Energy Cities, Local authorities in energy transition.

Energy Cities is the european association of local authorities in energy transition. The association created in 1990 represents now more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries.

Blockchain and energy transition - what challenges for cities? Find out in ou...
by David Donnerer
18 Apr 2018 at 7:43am

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. What is in it for cities? Energy Cities makes sense of the blockchain buzz with a 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 (...)

10 Apr 2018 at 1:05am

ENLARGE is a project funded by the European programme Horizon 2020, that allows people to better understand the outcomes of their involvement in participatory processes, with a special focus on sustainable energy. In doing so, the project creates and disseminates knowledge on how to implement participatory processes that can be legitimated by the involvement of citizens, stakeholders, and public administrations, be able to influence the policy process and sustainable over time.
an article (...)

Like a too long winter
by Claire Roumet
6 Apr 2018 at 6:48am

by Claire Roumet, Executive Director of Energy Cities
The energy climate reminds me of the present weather conditions: a long, almost never-ending winter seems to go on and on. The sky clears for a moment and then back to heavy showers. You may object that this is normal weather in March; but it's starting to take its toll.
Similarly, whereas all the economic indicators show that nuclear power makes no sense and that renewable energy production, on the contrary, can meet all our needs and (...)

Rennes Métropole takes up the challenge of a local ... and collective energy ...
by Béatrice Alcaraz
5 Apr 2018 at 6:12am

The City of Rennes and Rennes Métropole have, for several decades, been involved in developing an ambitious energy and climate policy aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, improving energy performance in buildings, raising public awareness and developing soft modes of transport like cycling and walking. Rennes Métropole's new Climate Plan has been presented this year. An area of strong population growth, with a reputation for its quality of life and sustained economic vitality, Rennes Métropole is (...)

European Mobility Week Award: What Vienna and Igoumenitsa tell us about using...
by Sara Giovannini
28 Mar 2018 at 5:51am

Last week, the European Commission announced the winners of the European Mobility Week Award 2017 and 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP). Vienna and Igoumenitsa convinced the jury.
The EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK takes place each year in September. Since 2002, it provides cities and towns with an opportunity to present and test sustainable mobility alternatives with their residents and to discuss with a wider group of stakeholders the challenges they are facing during the (...)

Almada: Innovative project to promote circular economy and decarbonization of...
by Francisco Gonçalves
28 Mar 2018 at 2:15am

Almada is one of nine Portuguese cities selected to implement an innovative project that aims to recreate urban spaces, turning them into spaces for demonstrating activities and livelihoods that are more sustainable and less carbon intensive.
Within the Portuguese Environmental Fund ( framework, this project follows the signature of the Paris Agreements in 2015 by Portugal, for the reduction of carbon emissions resulting from human activities by 2050. These (...)

Joint briefing: Building on local climate and energy experience in Energy Uni...
by Sara Giovannini
26 Mar 2018 at 1:06am

The ongoing negotiations on Energy Union Governance will soon touch upon the establishment of permanent ?Multilevel Climate and Energy Dialogue Platforms?. CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES, ICLEI and E3G published a joint briefing underlining successful practices already adopted in Europe.
Despite the increasing involvement and growing political weight of local actors in European climate and energy discussions, notably through the Covenant of Mayors, these front-runners do (...)

French cities call for decentralisation of energy policy
by Sara Giovannini
23 Mar 2018 at 1:07am

On March 22, the city of Paris, together with other 19 French cities, co-signed an open letter in Le Monde, asking to redirect part of the energy and climate tax's increase towards local communities and calling for a law for the decentralization of the energy policy.
Regional and local level are extremely important to reach the objectives set by the Paris Agreement but in France, as in other European Countries, most of the levers are still controlled by national government and national (...)

Not just for techies: Blockchain - more power for cities or for big utilities?
by David Donnerer
13 Mar 2018 at 3:02am

You remember having heard about bitcoin, right? It is this virtual currency which has stirred up financial markets and is rapidly conquering the energy sector. And blockchain is the technology behind Bit what? Block what? We don't want you to remain puzzled about how this will impact local energy.
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 (...)

EU readies for the ?money talk?: Quick overview of what the future could hold
by Alix Bolle
8 Mar 2018 at 8:05am

By next May, the European Commission should put on the table a proposal for the next EU budget, the so-called ?Multi-annual Financial Framework? to put it in EU jargon.
Ahead of this important milestone, Energy Cities' Board of Directors met with Isabelle Thomas, the European Parliament Member in charge of the file.
The news were rather positive, as she announced the Parliament voted in favour of earmarking 30% of Cohesion and Structural Funds for climate action, and was optimistic the (...)

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