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Tuesday 7 March 2017

100%RES - Recommendation 3 : Funding renewable energy production and energy efficiency
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 265 visits
For cities and metropolitan areas, embarking on a 100% renewable energy path involves changing scale and supporting the development of renewable energy production in their own and surrounding areas. This support requires new tools. Capital contributions to renewable energy production projects enable the local authority to improve project viability by increasing the amount of equity, depending on the investment resources available to it.
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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Just released! Two new guidebooks on financing the energy renovation of public and residential buildings
By Blandine Pidoux | 1099 visits
Learn how to develop and implement three innovative financing schemes that have been tested by 11 European cities and regions !
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Wednesday 25 January 2017

Site visit - Condominium energy retrofitting in Paris : It takes trust, entrepreneurship and ambition!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 741 visits
On the occasion of the kick-off meeting of ACE-Retrofitting - Interreg North-West Europe, the Paris Climate Agency (Agence Parisienne du Climat - APC) organised in cooperation with Energy Cities a full-day event on the energy retrofitting of condominiums, on 18 January 2017 in Paris. Besides the ACE-Retrofitting project partners, the event gathered local players from the renovation sector in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United-Kingdom, Germany and Slovakia.
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jeudi 24 novembre 2016

The low-carbon future starts in buildings: Display® Campaign presented at COP 22
By Ian Turner | 584 visits
While last week’s COP22 highlighted the need for stronger North-South cooperation, Energy Cities presented in Marrakech the ADEME-supported Display® Campaign to cities within the Maghreb. During this side event titled ‘Display®, let your buildings talk’ Ian Turner provided a background of the Display® campaign and the success that it has achieved in Europe over the last decade. He explained how hundreds of cities across Europe have been able to interact with public buildings users’ to sensitise and communicate the importance of energy efficiency and water conservation in public buildings.
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jeudi 27 octobre 2016

First Net Zero Energy Buildings in Hadera (Israel), an example to follow
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 484 visits
Hadera, our first member in Israel, is known in its country as an energy city because it hosts critical energy infrastructures such as two national power stations and the world's biggest desalination plant. But recently, Mayor of Hadera Tzvika Gendelman decided to build an innovative type of building : the "KAYMA" kindergarten is the first Net Zero Building (NZEB) in Israel.
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Tuesday 5 July 2016

High-performance renovation of schools : a toolkit to do much better
By Blandine Pidoux | 614 visits
It's time for summer holidays and school buildings' renovation! Did you know that thanks to an holistic approach, you can reduce their energy consumption by 75%?
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Friday 1 July 2016

Riga to support the energy renovation of 6,000 houses
By Jana Cicmanova | 1004 visits
6,000 houses (12M m2) should benefit from comprehensive energy renovation starting in the Latvian capital city. The municipality has created a revolving fund linked to a soft loan scheme which will provide loans at a low interest rate (up to 3% APR) to citizens and non-profit organisations via ESCOs and tenant cooperatives. The goal is to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy and to reduce energy consumption in the housing sector.
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Wednesday 15 June 2016

Energy Efficiency and ESCO financing: Niš LE(A)DS the way
By David Donnerer | 617 visits
The Serbian city of Niš will achieve 23% energy savings on its public lighting using ESCO funding and technical assistance from the European Bank for Research and Development (EBRD).
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Tuesday 7 June 2016

Almada's Less Carbon Climate Fund becomes revolving
By Jana Cicmanova | 621 visits
After seven years of successful operation, Almada's Less Carbon Climate Fund is now being redesigned and upgraded - it will become a revolving fund.
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Tuesday 24 May 2016

How to make Europe number 1 in Energy Efficiency?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 619 visits
Since 2011 and thanks to considerable progress in energy efficiency policies there are more new or improved energy efficiency policies but more effort is needed to achieve the 2020 target.
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mercredi 20 avril 2016

Energy efficiency implemented too slowly in Europe: a status report from “Energy Efficiency Watch3”
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 683 visits
More than 1.100 experts from all 28 EU Member States were consulted about the relative progress in energy policies of their own countries in the last 3 years. The aim of the survey was to learn from stakeholders and experts how they see the "real-life" progress of energy efficiency policies and their implementation across different sectors in their respective country.
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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 Ian Turner | 626 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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Thursday 31 March 2016

In Stuttgart, private home owners can enjoy 'care-free' energy renovation package
By Floriane Cappelletti | 863 visits
Our member city of Stuttgart, Germany, is developing a tailor-made contracting support service for private house owners.
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Thursday 17 March 2016

Energy-renovation of houses : In Bordeaux Metropole, 85% of households fit requirements for a dedicated bank loan !
By Floriane Cappelletti | 573 visits
Private housing accounts for 80% of Bordeaux Metropole’s housing stock and thus has been made a priority of its buildings’ energy-retrofitting policy. The objective of Bordeaux Metropole (Bordeaux Urban Community) is to implement several financing mechanisms that would ease energy-efficient renovation of the housing stock.
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Thursday 11 February 2016

Portuguese city of Águeda sets up a local Fund for Energy and Water Efficiency
By Jana Cicmanova | 639 visits
Known for its colourful streets, the small Portuguese town of Águeda undertakes a number of actions from environmental education to technological innovation and energy efficiency with the objective to become the first ‘Smart City’ in the country. It does not lag behind the front-runner European cities when it comes to innovative financing either. The municipality has just created a local Fund for Energy and Water Efficiency based on the model used by the city of Stuttgart (Germany).
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Tuesday 9 February 2016

Review of Energy Efficiency Directive: strengthen the local energy savings potential
By David Donnerer | 759 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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Thursday 28 January 2016

Croatia's first local energy revolving fund is in Koprivnica!
By Jana Cicmanova | 970 visits
When it comes to energy efficiency and innovative financing solutions, the city of Koprivnica is one the leading local authorities in Croatia. Together with its strategic partner Regional Energy Agency North (REA North), the municipality explored the opportunity to set up a local energy revolving fund that would finance its sustainable energy actions in the public sector.
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Monday 25 January 2016

Energy Cities’ members delivering on their Covenant of Mayors CO2 reduction commitments
By David Donnerer | 748 visits
In the aftermath of the UN climate conference in Paris, we are proud to show that Energy Cities’ members are at the forefront of climate action. An evaluation of their performance in the Covenant of Mayors at the end of last year proved that they have managed to exceed EU ambitions in terms of CO2-emission reduction and energy efficiency, ahead of the 2020 benchmark.
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Friday 15 January 2016

Tbilisi (Georgia): energy policy for the people
By Miriam Eisermann | 533 visits
Back in the 1990s Georgia made first steps towards energy efficiency through small-scale donor supported programs. Since then, a lot has changed and climate and energy action has scaled up considerably. Much of it happens at the local level, thanks also to the Covenant of Mayors' efforts in the area.
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Wednesday 23 December 2015

Energy efficiency: Rustavi among the best municipalities in Georgia
By Blandine Pidoux | 480 visits
Our member city of Rustavi, together with other Covenant of Mayors signatories from Georgia, has been recently awarded for its local actions for energy efficiency.
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