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Tuesday 28 March 2017

How to apply our 3D vision to Europe’s energy and climate policies?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 55 visits
To know answers, rendez-vous in Stuttgart on wednesday 26 April for a two hours event! "A European energy system in 3D? Rethinking the EU’s energy and climate policies through the lenses of democratization, decentralization and divestment"
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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Energy Renovation Match-making Forum in Paris
By Floriane Cappelletti | 74 visits
A Match-making Forum on energy retrofitting was held on 27 February in Paris as part of the ACE-Retrofitting project. Here are some highlights of this main event for co-owners and professionals of the energy renovation sector.
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mardi 21 mars 2017

A whiff of pure air : what measures can reduce traffic in cities ?
By Bénédicte Weber | 263 visits
The high pollution levels that hit Europe in January brought home the importance of promoting less polluting modes of transport and redesigning traffic flows to reduce congestion. Some cities have tackled the problem by implementing traffic-regulating schemes. Cities have a major part to play but asthe mayors of 20 European cities reminded the COP21 audience in Paris, measures also have to be taken at the European level, for example by tightening up the overly lax European standards on NOx emissions. Urban charging schemes
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Thursday 16 March 2017

Launch of the Efficient Buildings thematic community ’MEDNICE’
By Miriam Eisermann | 285 visits
In the Mediterranean area cooling (and heating) as well as low building standards induce high consumption and expenses. And this, even though a wealth of natural resources and a conducive climate do provide excellent conditions for greening residential and public buildings.
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Thursday 16 March 2017

New start for the European Energy Award®
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 193 visits
25 years of experience, 1,397 municipalities participating, total population of 46 million involved, and now the Association European Energy Award AISBL which will take over all international activites.
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jeudi 9 mars 2017

Join us in Stuttgart and learn from your peers in 40 interactive sessions !
By Blandine Pidoux | 415 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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Tuesday 7 March 2017

100%RES - Recommendation 3 : Funding renewable energy production and energy efficiency
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 353 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 | 1180 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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Thursday 16 February 2017

Registration open for Energy Cities’ Conference : 26-28 April in Stuttgart
By Miriam Eisermann | 770 visits
Each year, there is this one special moment, where our network comes together in flesh and blood, with smiles, handshakes and hugs. This special moment is Energy Cities' Annual Conference, a gathering not only of network members but also an invitation to other energy transitioners from the public and private sector to share their innovative thoughts and best practices with European peers.
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Monday 13 February 2017

A Political Board of Cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors
By Floriane Cappelletti | 751 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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Tuesday 7 February 2017

Pamplona: How does the city take back control of its energy services?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 699 visits
It is not an easy task to make the transition from a private to a city-run system. The circumstances leading to this move can vary greatly, be it dissatisfaction with the private services, new political priorities of the city council or pressure from civil society.
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Thursday 2 February 2017

100%RES - Recommendation 2 : Creating new urban-rural partnerships
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 580 visits
Local governments want to get involved and participate in the economic development of their area together with new, game-changing stakeholders, cooperatives and smaller businesses. Rural communities with sufficient resources (forest, wind, agricultural waste, etc.) and space will be able to produce energy, as they already produce food, and “export” their surpluses (electricity, biogas, wood, etc.) to energy intensive urban areas with insufficient resources to meet all their needs.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017

Energy Cities presents a brighter, local State of the Energy Union !
By Alix Bolle | 962 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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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Hasta la transición! Una transizione per favore!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 441 visits
Energy Cities' Proposals for the energy transition of cities and towns are now available in Spanish and Italian.
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jeudi 26 janvier 2017

Devolve (to) : verb to be conjugated in the present to improve the future
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 422 visits
... or how to achieve the energy transition !
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Wednesday 25 January 2017

Site visit - Condominium energy retrofitting in Paris : It takes trust, entrepreneurship and ambition!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 757 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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Monday 23 January 2017

EU Emission Trading System: European Parliament puts a cap on local investments in "Modernisation Fund"
By David Donnerer | 480 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 | 346 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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Thursday 12 January 2017

#100%RES - Recommendation 1 : Giving long-term planning its rightful place
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 446 visits
Having an ambitious vision of a desirable future and setting a course towards 100% renewable energy encourages and facilitates the engagement of the various local stakeholders and opens up new opportunities. It is important that long-term planning is given its rightful place in municipal action. Obviously, this long-term course must not be used to postpone measures aimed at reducing energy use and developing renewable energy. On the contrary, its purpose is to trigger a paradigm change whilst not losing sight of the desired objective.
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Tuesday 10 January 2017

Energy Cities’ members multiply renewables by 6 in the framework of Covenant of Mayors - study
By David Donnerer | 383 visits
The efforts made by cities to boost local energy production and renewables are essential on the path towards a sustainable energy future. Energy Cities’ members take bold action in that sense, namely in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. According to a recent evaluation of their performance in the initiative, the cities have made substantial progress in upscaling local energy and renewables and are an example to follow in terms of CO2 reduction commitments.
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