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lundi 10 avril 2017

Conference countdown: Last week to register for #stuttgart2017!
By Miriam Eisermann | 512 visits
There is only this week left to register for Energy Cities' Conference taking place from 26-28 April in Stuttgart, Germany ! This year's event reminds us that "2050 STARTS TODAY" : The choices we make today must be based on no-regret trajectories. As we, cities, embrace this exercise, we should leave our comfort zone, and encourage all local stakeholders to join the challenge.
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jeudi 9 mars 2017

Join us in Stuttgart and learn from your peers in 40 interactive sessions!
By Blandine Pidoux | 575 visits
This year again, the Energy Cities annual conference will offer you a unique opportunity to exchange in lively group discussions with 40 experts and urban practitioners who deal with energy transition and climate protection in their everyday work at the local level.
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Monday 13 February 2017

A Political Board of Cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors
By Floriane Cappelletti | 835 visits
The European Commission’s Covenant of Mayors held its first political board meeting on Friday 10 February 2017 in Brussels.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017

Energy Cities presents a brighter, local State of the Energy Union !
By Alix Bolle | 1016 visits
The Energy Union should be an opportunity to accelerate the energy transition and define a new set of roles, rights and responsibilities for the new players who are at the forefront of it. Instead, the project is mostly focused on creating a giant supergrid of interconnected national energy markets, forcing almost all kinds of renewable energy projects to compete along the same rules. As the Commissioner in charge makes his presentation of the “state of the energy union”, Energy Cities decided to provide an alternative picture of how the energy transition has progressed at local level across the five pillars of the Energy Union: decarbonisation, energy efficiency, the internal market, energy security and research and innovation. For each of these pillars, the paper points to recommendations on how European competition and energy legislation could be improved to sustain the momentum.
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Monday 23 January 2017

EU Emission Trading System: European Parliament puts a cap on local investments in "Modernisation Fund"
By David Donnerer | 533 visits
The EU Emission Trading System (ETS), a key tool of EU climate policy and the world’s largest carbon trading instrument, is currently being reformed for the period of 2021-2030. The European Parliament (EP) will adopt its ETS position on February 15th. According to its report, the Parliament plans to cap the share of local investments in the ETS Modernisation Fund. This funding instrument uses 2% of the ETS pollution permits revenue to support 10 Central and Eastern European Member States in their energy transition. Throughout 2016, Energy Cities had strongly advocated for a removal of this local energy investment barrier.
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mardi 17 janvier 2017

An EU Roadmap 2050 (and other results) from the "Post-carbon cities of tomorrow" project
By Blandine Pidoux | 416 visits
As one of the major results of the POCACITO 7FP project (2014-2016), an EU Roadmap 2050 was published in December 2016 and calls for cities to be better involved in policy making, notably the EU Energy Union strategy and legislative package. It is the result of a two-year consultation process with EU stakeholders in Brussels and from targeted cities.
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Wednesday 30 November 2016

Democracy, Decentralisation, Divestment: '3D screening' of the EU Energy Package
By Alix Bolle | 702 visits
How “3D compatible” is the newly released, 1200-page strong “clean energy for all Europeans” package released today by the European Commission? How much does it contribute to a system shift towards more prosperity, legitimacy and leadership on sustainable energy? In other words: how is legitimacy secured by Democratizing the energy system, empowering citizens and communities? How is prosperity brought about, by Divesting funding streams from fossil fuels and reDirecting them to activities creating local added value? How is true leadership – as the EU remains intent on being #1 on renewables - guaranteed by putting the right players in control and Decentralising not only the production but also the competences?
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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Covenant of Mayors: Transforming Cities into key EU Climate and Energy Actors
By David Donnerer | 520 visits
According to the new study "The Role of Cities in Climate and Energy Policies: The Case of the Covenant of Mayors" by David Donnerer from Aarhus University, the Covenant of Mayors has empowered cities in their climate and energy policy-making capacities and their multi-level governance relations to become key EU climate and energy actors.
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Friday 24 June 2016

EU Covenant of Mayors and Compact of Mayors launch largest global coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1258 visits
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy will combine efforts and leadership to accelerate climate action at the local level worldwide.
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Tuesday 19 April 2016

EU Emission Trading System: Our 5 recommendations for a sensible use of the "Modernisation Fund"
By David Donnerer | 687 visits
The EU Emission Trading System (ETS), launched in 2005, is a pillar of EU climate policy and the largest system of its kind. Giving a price to carbon and a limited "right to pollute" through Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission allowances, it should lead to widespread emission cuts. However, the EU ETS has so far failed to deliver, resulting in a carbon price of only €5 and billions of Euros of profits for carbon polluting industries. Moreover, the top-down EU ETS has not been faithful to Europe's democratic model. In the ongoing ETS reform, it is therefore crucial to change its purpose, so it serves the locally driven energy transition.
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Thursday 31 March 2016

Energy performance label: Finnish cities support the Display label and call for clearer rules for the voluntary EU scheme
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 673 visits , By Ian Turner | 673 visits
The EU campaign Display, launched as early as in 2004, is an information tool to raise the public awareness. Designed by energy experts from European cities and based on operational rating and easy to understand, the certificate displays the energy, water and climate performance of a building. This Display poster combined with further awareness-raising activities involving building users has proven very successful in increasing behaviour change of building users and stimulating renovation in both public and privately-owned buildings.
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Tuesday 9 February 2016

Review of Energy Efficiency Directive: strengthen the local energy savings potential
By David Donnerer | 801 visits
In 2016, the EU Energy Efficiency Directive is bound to be revised. Energy Cities recently responded to a public consultation of the EU Commission on the Energy Efficiency Directive. See here the main points of our response.
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Tuesday 26 January 2016

The EU in Dutch hands: A semester of opportunities!
By Miriam Eisermann | 685 visits
Since January, the Netherlands are holding the six-months EU presidency as part of a rotating system amongst the EU member states. The Dutch agenda will be packed when it comes to climate and energy policies. Here is what cities can expect:
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Monday 16 November 2015

Local elected leaders urge European Commission to reshape energy governance architecture
By Alix Bolle | 721 visits
Last Friday, less than a week before the release of the state of the Energy Union report, Energy Cities teamed up with the key four other European networks for sustainable cities to raise concerns over the governance of energy and climate policies.
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Friday 16 October 2015

New Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy: EU Institutions strengthen alliance with cities
By Floriane Cappelletti | 731 visits
Hundreds of city representatives flocked to the European Parliament yesterday 15 October for the 2015 Covenant Ceremony launching the New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, less than two months ahead of the COP21 international summit in Paris.
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Thursday 8 October 2015

The new EU Energy Market Design: how local authorities could get better access
By Miriam Eisermann | 733 visits
Today closes the EU Commission's Consultation on the new Energy Market Design. See the main points of Energy Cities' response.
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Monday 5 October 2015

EU after-summer policy wrap-up
By Miriam Eisermann | 760 visits
What are the crunch issues of the current and future EU Agenda for cities committed to the energy transition? Read this editorial by Claire Roumet, Executive Director of Energy Cities, to know what our network believes are the key topics of the moment.
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Monday 21 September 2015

EU Smart Cities Agenda should push for an energy transition with cities and their citizens at the core
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1445 visits
The European Parliament's Resolution on the Urban Dimension of EU Policies adopted by the plenary on the 9 September constitutes a push for an energy transition with cities and their citizens at the core. It takes up key positions in Energy Cities’ position paper on the Commission’s Smart Cities Agenda.
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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Launch of the largest ever consultation on the future of the Covenant of Mayors
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1027 visits
The Covenant of Mayors initiative, launched in 2008, was born intrinsically linked to the European Union’s 2020 climate and energy package.
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Tuesday 19 May 2015

Setting the scene: The European Parliament’s debate on energy security
By Alix Bolle | 690 visits
At the end of 2014, the European Parliament published a report on the European Energy Security Strategy focusing on diversifying import routes for fossil fuels. It however seemed to miss out the importance of reducing energy demand and accelerating the deployment of local renewable energy sources. Instead it focuses on unconventional hydrocarbon and nuclear energy. The report was adopted by the ITRE committee (in charge of energy issues in the European Parliament) on 11 May. Fortunately it was significantly amended in a more positive direction.
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