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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.

Support a fair energy transition by sharing your city's experience
by Floriane Cappelletti
17 Oct 2018 at 12:43am

"A city is not gauged by its length and width, but the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams" ? Herb Caen
Municipalities are centers of innovative ideas and practices that can lead to a fair, clean and democratic energy future.
The mPOWER project offers to support and connect cities and towns through its city-to-city learning programme. Strategic solutions and local successes will be shared and replicated.
mPOWER is currently seeking to identify, disseminate and (...)

Policy brief: A call for local liberties
by Claire Roumet
16 Oct 2018 at 1:14am

by Claire Roumet, Executive director of Energy Cities
A battle of figures and concepts is being fought in Brussels and the UN negotiations. Now is the time to translate the Paris agreement into practical action. There are those in favour of net-zero emissions, of negative emissions, of the utopian 1.5°C target and those advocating for a more realistic 2°C target. I must confess that I find all these discussions boring, but admit that they are vital. Because they illustrate in a tangible way (...)

Covenant Cities in the Spotlight: And the winners are... [drum roll]
by Floriane Cappelletti
11 Oct 2018 at 6:53am

Yesterday, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete announced the winners of the first ever Covenant Cities in the Spotlight awards at the European Week of Regions and Cities. Two of them are members of the Energy Cities network! Small-sized ( Monsano, Italy See Monsano's Covenant of Mayors profile Medium-sized (10,000- 250,000 inhabitants)
Sønderborg, Denmark
Curious about what they do?
> Sønderborg's Covenant of Mayors (...)

How can local Franco-German cooperation accelerate the energy transition?
by Béatrice Karas
10 Oct 2018 at 12:00am

Through dialogues, exchanges, meetings, mobilisation of territories as in the TANDEM project or during the conference on the pioneering territories of the energy transition held in Montreuil in early September.
Implementation of the German ?Energiewende' and the French ?transition énergétique' is making slow progress. Some years ago, France and Germany adopted ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction programmes. Although both countries would like to take the lead in meeting the goals of the (...)

Ready for a collaborative adventure in sustainable energy ?
by Tatjana Veith
9 Oct 2018 at 12:27am

Do you believe that participatory processes can help you achieve better outcomes and more effective sustainable energy policies ?
Yes ?
Then take a look at this game book ! Taking citizen participation to another level
Participatory processes are great. They allow us to overcome the challenges of modern democracy, such as the lack of trust and transparency, disconnectedness between citizens and their governments and political disenchantment. But they also share the work of energy (...)

Climate report echoing cities' voices: need for urgent action
by Sara Giovannini
8 Oct 2018 at 2:53am

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest climate report. The team of experts provides another dramatic assessment of how a global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will impact our cities and lives. Various non-state organisations reacted to the report. Especially cities notify the same need for urgent action. Together with other civil society actors, they are calling upon EU leaders to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon Europe in line (...)

Free training on innovative financing: 2 WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY!!!
by Blandine Pidoux
5 Oct 2018 at 2:29am

The call for applications for the second learning cycle of PROSPECT is open!
All representatives from local and regional authorities are invited to sign up, as mentor or mentee, to peer-to-peer exchanges and learning on innovative financing schemes for their local energy and climate actions.
A unique opportunity to learn from your pairs on the most innovative financing solutions for your city
The PROSPECT certifying learning programmes will bring you sound knowledge on:
Citizens (...)

District Heating and Cooling planning made easier with Hotmaps!
by Sara Giovannini
1 Oct 2018 at 7:15am

District Heating and Cooling (DHC) has many advantages, the best one being that it can be extremely energy efficient. DHC planning though is not easy, partially because of the data gaps and the lack of appropriate tools to support local authorities in the process. The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project Hotmaps has the potential to solve these challenges and dramatically speed up DHC planning!
Heating and cooling plays a decisive role in the long-term decarbonisation of Europe's energy system: (...)

Tampere cuts energy costs in buildings by 50%
by Floriane Cappelletti
25 Sep 2018 at 7:45am

After the TARMO+ project promoting low-energy and carbon solutions in residential housing, last June Tampere welcomed an open house event in two recently retrofitted buildings as part of the EU GUGLE Project.
The event, organised by Tampere Energy Agency, attracted 200 people willing to see what had been achieved during the renovation works.
The limited liability housing company Pohjolankatu 18-20, known as BEST 7, managed to reach 55 % of energy savings in purchased energy by replacing (...)

What ?Mix and Move? means in the mobility field in Europe !
by Béatrice Karas
21 Sep 2018 at 2:53am

?Mix and Move? is the theme of the European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September, focusing this year on multimodality and the mix of various modes of transport.
Since 2002, the European Mobility Week has been seeking to improve public health and quality of life by promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport. The campaign provides people with an opportunity to explore the function of their cities' streets and test out practical solutions to urban issues like air pollution.
Over (...)

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