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.
Innovating financing : 5 handbooks to help cities improve energy performance
by Béatrice Karas
17 Apr 2019 at 12:15am
The PROSPECT H2020 learning programme enables peer-to-peer learning in regional and local authorities in order to finance and implement their sustainable energy and climate action plans. The programme builds upon successful financing schemes implemented in cities and regions in the European Union.
It helps local and regional authorities to benefit from the lessons learnt and the experience of their peers in order to launch their own investment programme.
To complement their peer-learning (...)
Policy brief: "Duty of care"
by Claire Roumet
15 Apr 2019 at 12:18am
By Claire Roumet
Last week I found out that most court cases run by citizens against their governments in the world are based on this common law term .
States have the duty to take care of us, and of their future citizens. And a government's inaction against climate change is, as a matter of fact, a criminal offence, as the International Court of Justice in The Hague just reminded through the highly-publicised URGENDA case .
This case is the symbol of a wide movement of (...)
Remunicipalisation: yes you can!
by Sara Giovannini
12 Apr 2019 at 7:27am
Inspired by remunicipalisation initiatives all over Europe, an increasing number of local authorities are expanding their role, not just by acting as planners but by operating their own companies and driving the local energy transition. Why is this trend happening? And how can a city set up its own company to supply electricity, gas, heating and cooling? The participants at our remunicipalisation workshop in Ettlingen (Germany) tried to answer these questions.
The workshop, organised by (...)
Do you want to divest from fossil fuels ? This publication will help you!
by Béatrice Karas
5 Apr 2019 at 5:32am
The guidebook contains a collection of case studies, best practices and tools that can help local governments align their spending and investments with the Paris Agreement objective of limiting global warming well below 2°C, by fully integrating energy and climate issues into their budgetary and financial planning.
"Taking from a fossil fuel economy to reinvest in local sustainable communities"
The importance of sub-national governments in achieving international and European climate (...)
Frankfurt: A web platform to support citizens in condominium energy renovatio...
by Floriane Cappelletti
4 Apr 2019 at 6:57am
The German city of Frankfurt am Main recently launched an online platform for the renovation of condominiums as part of the Interreg-NWE ACE-Retrofitting project.
The platform is strongly inspired by the successful collaborative web tool CoachCopro developed by the Paris Climate Agency in 2005. Complex decision-making process, legislation, lack of technical and financial advice, confusing market offers and subsidy schemes: these are some of the challenges faced by condominiums considering (...)
Come and join your peers in Heidelberg at our Annual Conference 2019 !
by Tatjana Veith
1 Apr 2019 at 6:30am
Upon invitation of the Mayor of Heidelberg and our president, Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Energy Cities' annual conference will take place in Heidelberg from 22 to 23 May 2019, as an integral part of the International Conference on Climate Action ICCA 2019.
Hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Heidelberg, ICCA aims at uniting cities, regions and governments on all levels to (...)
Greta Thunberg appointed environmental spokesperson for the Trump administration
by Raphaël Chatelet
31 Mar 2019 at 11:51pm
Stroke of genius? Or a change of scene in the politico-ecological sphere?
Donald Trump, world leader of climate sceptics, has announced through Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, that Greta Thunberg will now be the spokesperson for the United States of America for all environmental and energy issues.
This announcement is a real thunderbolt! Since the beginning of his term, Donald Trump has been particularly cautious about global warming despite the consensus of certainty of the international (...)
Do bankers wear capes? 3 ways the EIB can help save Europe
by David Donnerer
29 Mar 2019 at 2:19am
Avoiding catastrophic climate change demands three things: technology, political will and financing. We have the technology, we're working on the political will (Hi Germany!) and that just leaves the money. Crucially, it's not just about where we invest - but also, where we choose NOT to invest. So as the EIB launches a public consultation on their spending priorities, here are three ways they can make themselves the heroes we need to tackle climate change in Europe.
1- Divest from fossil (...)
The cities of Krizevci (HR), Vienna (AT) and Valencia (ES) join the Energy Ci...
by Sara Giovannini
26 Mar 2019 at 6:30am
The Energy Cities community has recently welcomed some new members. We are very happy and proud to have Krizevci, Vienna and Valencia among us! These 3 European cities will enjoy the exchange of experience and opportunities Energy Cities provides, but they also have a lot of knowledge to offer when it comes to energy and climate actions!
Crowd-investing for solar energy
Kri?evci is a small city in central Croatia. Recently they hosted and supported the first ever crowd-investing project (...)
What's new for HeatNet pilot sites?
by Julien Joubert
25 Mar 2019 at 12:36am
On 14th and 15th March HeatNet NWE partners met in Plymouth, UK. What an opportunity to give you an overview of the progress of the pilot projects!
Plymouth is now finalising the technical and economic study for its future 4th generation district heating and cooling (H&C) network. It will be a combination of ground source heat pumps and a combined heat and power (CHP) plant. Trial drillings have been performed and confirmed the possibility to reach an aquifer in underlying limestone (...)