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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.

The Energy Cities network welcomes 30 Greek cities!
by Floriane Cappelletti
17 Aug 2018 at 6:57am

30 Greek cities and towns recently joined Energy Cities through the adhesion of the Greek network "Sustainable City".
"Sustainable City" is a civil, non-profit organisation which provides technical support to their members (30 Greek municipalities and one from Cyprus), enabling them to prepare and submit proposals to European programmes such as Horizon 2020 or LIFE and make use of the available funding.?
"The European Union offers a plethora of financial opportunities through programs (...)

Artificial Intelligence - the next frontier for local energy transition
by David Donnerer
7 Aug 2018 at 6:13am

From drones, self-driving cars and robot vacuum cleaners sweeping our homes to chatbots answering our service requests, artificial intelligence (AI) is already appearing more and more in our daily city lives. But the advent of AI won't end there : as energy systems are becoming decentralised, decarbonised and digitalised, artificial intelligence is set to emerge as the next frontier for local energy transition. What will this mean for cities ?
Artificial intelligence, which is the ability (...)

Fostering District Heating and Cooling in European Cities ? Policy recommenda...
by Sara Giovannini
2 Aug 2018 at 2:00am

You have probably heard about the advantages of District Heating and Cooling systems : they increase energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the development of a greener economy. But what can be done to foster the supply of renewable and low carbon heat to our buildings ? Our experts just released a set of recommendations for policy makers to promote District Heating and Cooling in North-West Europe !
Recently we have heard a lot of stories about the development of (...)

EU energy policy : what's in store for you in the fall ?
by David Donnerer
30 Jul 2018 at 1:08am

Ever heard of JOMO ? It stands for ?joy of missing out.? For this summer's newsletter, we thought you'd have a much easier time chilling out during your vacation if you know now what to expect upon your return.
The month of June was hectic. Negotiations on the renewables and energy efficiency directive and on the governance of the Energy Union regulation finally came to an end. For this newsletter edition, we decided to take you through the key milestones of EU energy and climate policy that (...)

From energy funds to match-funding: innovative ways of financing the energy t...
by Sara Giovannini
26 Jul 2018 at 2:28am

With the next budget of the European Union on the way, Energy Cities' policy intelligence is directing much of its focus on how this budget will allocate more funding for the energy transition. But let's not forget that EU funds, however important, are not the only instrument cities have to finance their green development. Recently, I came across some interesting cases of cities taking the matter into their own hands. Call it foresight. Call it being forced by necessity. It doesn't matter: (...)

The Covenant of Mayors - Europe is launching the Cities in the Spotlight awards
by Floriane Cappelletti
25 Jul 2018 at 3:02am

In the 10th year of the initiative, the Covenant of Mayors wishes to reward signatories that have been working within the Covenant framework and achieving remarkable progress in their local energy and climate action. The 1st Covenant Cities in the Spotlight call is now open!
Being a "Covenant City in the Spotlight" is a great opportunity to showcase the progress made and become a reference example for the whole Covenant Community and beyond.
The Covenant Cities in the Spotlight call is (...)

How deep is your love?for cars? Hamburg's methods to reduce emissions
by Tatjana Veith
23 Jul 2018 at 11:17pm

Germans are a truly cool people, but when it comes to their cars, some of them can't take a joke. Germans love their BMWs, VWs and Porsches and are very proud of their country's ability to make such good ones. It looks like car lovers will have to prepare for tougher times, however. Following this year's decision by the German Federal Administrative Court to ban old diesel cars from city centres, cities are starting to take action.
For local governments, the task is not easy as public (...)

Spain: new policy, new energy for cities
by Miriam Eisermann
18 Jul 2018 at 11:53pm

Spain recently made quite remarkable strides in the energy domain. The country's newly created Ministry for Ecological Transition is headed up by Teresa Ribera, an expert in sustainable development. Ms. Ribera is unequivocally in favour of the EU's ambitious goals for renewables and energy efficiency, and has issued a plan calling for the repeal of Spain's infamous sun tax. It is also expected that a long-awaited climate change law and the country's integrated energy and climate plan will be (...)

Investing in solar energy: follow the unusual example of a Belgian cooperative
by Béatrice Karas
16 Jul 2018 at 12:35am

It is a first in Belgium! At a time when citizens' initiatives are mushrooming across Europe , in Mouscron the community energy cooperative COOPEM was launched ?. by the municipality!
Meet Emmanuel Fontaine, one of its directors and an energy adviser to the municipality of Mouscron (58,000 inhabitants).
In France and Germany, citizens are often behind the creation of energy cooperatives. How did you come up with the idea for this initiative?
The municipality of Mouscron had been (...)

Joint contribution: Models of local energy ownership and the role of local en...
by Sara Giovannini
12 Jul 2018 at 6:23am

At the request of the upcoming Austrian presidency of the European Council, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities in energy transition in Europe. Energy Cities prepared a joint contribution together with ResCoop.EU, the European federation for renewable energy cooperatives.
The following points were highlighted in our contribution, together with a series of examples and best practices (...)

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