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.
Franco-German Energy Transition Week : Local authorities and national leaders...
by Bénédicte Weber, Charlotte Le Delliou
15 Feb 2019 at 1:34am
The inaugural Franco-German Energy Transition Week (January 17th to 27th) was a rousing success combining action at the highest levels of government with a huge array of activities at the local level.
More than 70 cities in France and Germany celebrated the robust cooperation between the two countries withstudy trips, round tables, lectures, guided tours, film screenings, games and more. The events were organised by municipalities, associations, energy agencies and schools to increase (...)
New LIFE PlanUp project shines a light on EU National Energy and Climate Plans
by David Donnerer
14 Feb 2019 at 6:28am
National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) are the new framework in which EU Member Stateswill have to design their Paris-proof energy and climate transition by 2030.
Through the recently launched LIFE PlanUp project, Energy Cities and its civil society and research partners across Europe will closely track the NECP process in its five focus countries Spain, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Romania. LIFE PlanUp will also promote effective decarbonisation and participatory governance policies that (...)
UNLEASHING THE POWER OF COMMUNITY RENEWABLE ENERGY
by Sara Giovannini
14 Feb 2019 at 12:13am
A new booklet published by Friends of the Earth, in collaboration with Greenpeace, Rescoop and Energy Cities (all members of the Community Energy Coalition) explains what the EU's new renewable energy legislation means and how it can help to remove barriers to community and citizen renewable energy.
Community energy production in Europe has huge potential. A recent study found that half of EU citizens ? including local communities, schools and hospitals ? could be producing their own (...)
Remunicipalisation of the local energy supply: register to our workshop in Et...
by Blandine Pidoux
12 Feb 2019 at 12:20am
Inspired by remunicipalisation initiatives all over Europe, an increasing number of local authorities are expanding their role, no longer simply acting as planning authorities but becoming operational stakeholders and driving forces for the local energy transition. New integrated municipal companies are increasingly being set up.
In this context, Energy Cities and the City of Ettlingen (Germany) invite elected members and municipal technicians to a 2-day workshop on 28th February and 1st (...)
The youth revolution
by Claire Roumet
10 Feb 2019 at 11:27pm
I am not very fond of articles flaunting their author's personal life. Yet, what I will remember from this January is the day my daughter asked me to sign an authorisation to march?for the climate.
She is 14 and cannot skip school without permission. In her class, the discussions are much more relevant than those of many of the conferences I have attended. For these young people, the feeling of urgency is real and they are asking the four Belgian Ministers for Energy , (...)
A district of Pamplona reduces citizens' energy bills by ?560/year
by Floriane Cappelletti
6 Feb 2019 at 1:30am
Recent leaflet by the Covenant of Mayors - Europe offers examples of cities and regions alleviating energy poverty. In the Spanish Region of Navarra, citizens' energy bills have been reduced by ?560/year on average.
Thanks to an energy renovation programme targeting residential buildings in deprived neighbourhoods, Navarra Region has reduced households' energy consumption by 70% compared to 2014 levels.
In the Txantrea disctrict of Pamplona, the renovations consisted in the construction of (...)
Solarclick collaboration keeps local energy transition turning in Brussels
by Adrian Hiel
31 Jan 2019 at 8:27am
What is the most daunting thing about the shared energy transition currently underway? It may be the exponential rate at which it needs to scale up to meet the Paris Agreement's targets to avoid catastrophic climate change.
But that is what is happening in Brussels, proud Energy Cities member, thanks to Solarclick.
This programme is the result of a collaboration between Bruxelles Environnement, the regional government, and Sibelga, who manage the distribution networks for electricity and (...)
Last chance to join our P2P learning cycles on innovative financing !
by Blandine Pidoux
28 Jan 2019 at 3:36am
The 3rd and last call for applications for H2020 PROSPECT was launched on January 16th.
Visit the project website and don't miss this last opportunity to join our peer-learning community that already gathers more than 100 participant cities, regions and energy agencies from 24 countries !
#H2020PROSPECT project organised a study visit in Lyon, to learn about financing schemes from Ecor?no'v & citizen #cooperatives to promote #PV ?? pic.twitter.com/7nw4W3kOGh? Energy Cities (...)
Policy brief: "To change everything it takes everyone"
by Claire Roumet
18 Jan 2019 at 12:49am
by Claire Roumet, Executive director of Energy Cities
?To change everything it takes everyone? This was the theme of a day of debate organised by my favourite cultural place in Brussels (Kaaitheater)! What an inspirational formulation in such troubled times!
Beyond the deep, emblematic crisis of democracy in France, it is the issue of the moment for all European countries and will set the tone for the upcoming European elections. Whether we talk about a fair or inclusive transition, or (...)
Two new publications out!
by Béatrice Karas
17 Jan 2019 at 5:22am
Two publications to help you make your budget climate-friendly and support citizen participation! Climate-mainstreaming municipal budgets
This guidebook contains a collection of case studies, best practices and tools that can help local authorities 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.
There is a multitude of (...)