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.
New EU decision lifts key barrier to investing in energy efficiency projects
by David Donnerer
21 Sep 2017 at 7:26am
On the 19th of September, the EU statistical service Eurostat published a new guidance note on how to classify Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) in government accounts. This new guidance note, effective immediately, clarifies and makes it easier for public authorities to finance energy efficiency projects of their buildings and infrastructure. The new rules allow for accounting energy efficiency investments off the balance sheets, thereby not contributing to government deficit and debt. (...)
Financing the energy renovation of buildings : when budgets are low, creativi...
by Béatrice Alcaraz
20 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
While ensuring proper energy renovation of the EU's building stock is crucial to achieve our energy transition, austerity and cuts in public budgets limit the action of local authorities.
So a number of Energy Cities members have been testing 3 innovative financing schemes... and it works ! Soft loans - Residential sector (private residential buildings, social housing)
Home owners can borrow money to carry out energy-efficient renovation work in their homes for a lower interest rate (...)
United in Diversity? What Europe can do with its energy policy
by Alix Bolle
20 Sep 2017 at 12:46am
By Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan
Republished from Euractiv - 13 sept. 2017 As the energy market is being shaken up by the arrival of new local players, one crucial objective should be to guarantee diversity in the governance representation, write Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan, respectively Directors of Energy Cities and REScoop.eu
Today, President Juncker delivers his yearly State of the Union speech. On the agenda will be yet another tireless attempt of addressing the ?what (...)
Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independant citizens' commissio...
by Blandine Pidoux
19 Sep 2017 at 7:16am
The results of Nantes' Great Debate on the energy transition, the only one of its kind in France - and possibly in Europe - by its scope and the diversity of the measures taken, have been presented on September 12th, one year after its launch.
Nantes Métropole signed the Covenant of Mayors in 2008 with the aim of reducing its GHG emissions by 50% and tripling its local renewable production by 2030. To accelerate its energy transition, the Metropolitan Council made the political choice of (...)
Smarter Together: Munich, when e-vehicles clean the streets!
by Béatrice Alcaraz
18 Sep 2017 at 2:34am
SMARTER TOGETHER is a joint project that aims to improve citizen's quality of life in nowadays transforming cities. Three lighthouse cities will implement the main demonstration activities in specific districts, monitor the results and upscale solutions at local level.
FOCUS ON MUNICH and its e-vehicles!
The City of Munich's Department of Construction has introduced two new electrically powered street cleaning vehicles. The two utility vehicles will be used to empty waste bins in and around (...)
Apply to the European Commission's international city-to-city cooperation pro...
by Floriane Cappelletti
14 Sep 2017 at 8:30am
Cities in the member states of the European Union who wish to exchange with a city facing similar challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply for the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development.
The programme aims to foster links between EU cities (in particular those with more than 50,000 inhabitants) and those in Latin America and the Caribbean, India, Japan, North America, and Asia. Through the programme, (...)
Electric car sharing scheme is coming to Christchurch
by Floriane Cappelletti
13 Sep 2017 at 3:05am
A reduction in emissions, more efficient use of vehicles and publically available car sharing will be delivered as part of a 100% battery electric car sharing service that will be launched in Christchurch (New Zealand) in November.
?An electric car sharing scheme is an exciting initiative for our city,? says Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel. ?The fleet will deliver improved environmental and health outcomes and we are proud to be the first city in New Zealand, and one of the few cities (...)
Cities need support for clean air measures: Energy Cities President meets Ger...
by Miriam Eisermann
4 Sep 2017 at 12:39am
Today, Energy Cities' President and Mayor of Heidelberg, Dr. Eckart Würzner, meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel during the National Municipal Summit. During the event, Germany's Head of State will debate clean air strategies with around 30 Mayors as well as regional and federal ministers and federations of municipal authorities.
Ahead of the meeting, Würzner recalled cities' priorities for improving local transport through better urban planning and public transport: "It is not enough to (...)
The commons transition: it's all about pooling resources
by Béatrice Alcaraz
26 Jul 2017 at 12:30am
Interview with Michel Bauwens, President of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives
Mr Bauwens, since March 2017, you have been assisting the city of Ghent, Belgium, with a ?commons transition? project. At a time when European towns and cities are working on their roadmaps towards a desirable future by 2050, what can you tell us about this specific project? How does it interact with existing approaches such as energy transition and climate plans?
The question underpinning the energy and climate (...)
Smart mobility projects as change-makers? Outcomes from workshop in Sofia, Bu...
by Francisco Gonçalves
25 Jul 2017 at 8:04am
Common problems and joint solutions for smart mobility and citizen engagement were at the focus of a thematic workshop in Sofia in the framework of the Smarter Together project.
Energy Cities, Eurocities and Sofia Municipality organised the workshop, at which the Bulgarian capital presented its Smart Specialization Strategy.
The workshop brought together four Bulgarian cities participating in four H2020 Smart Cities projects: Smarter Together (Sofia), Sharing Cities (Burgas), (...)