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Friday 29 April 2016

Small-scale biomass-based cogeneration: different techniques being tested in South East Sweden
By Kinga Kovacs | 254 visits
Energy Cities member, the Energy Agency for South East Sweden, is currently involved in the testing of three different techniques for small-scale biomass-based cogeneration (gasifier, wet steam turbine and organic Rancine cycle) which are being built and demonstrated in South East Sweden as part of the project Small Scale CHP LIFE+ (2014-2018).
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Friday 29 April 2016

EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete invites mayors to join the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to make Europe “a sustainable low-carbon and climate-resilient society”
By Floriane Cappelletti | 200 visits
Following up on the historic international agreement on climate change reached last December in Paris, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete addresses mayors in a letter that emphasizes cities’ crucial role in successfully implementing the energy transition.
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Thursday 28 April 2016

An innovative platform to achieve the 2020 climate and energy targets
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 109 visits
Our member Klimaatverbond recently informed us that the Dutch Agreement on Energy for Sustainable Growth concluded between 47 organisations in 2013 is finally available in English. Combining an innovative governance platform with a systemic approach to energy and climate policy, this type of agreement sets the example when it comes to achieving climate and energy targets.
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Friday 22 April 2016

Climate deal in New York : how local climate action could make world leaders blush
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 218 visits
Today, 162 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Agreement in New York. This is an important step, concluding months of harsh negotiations. However, would they pay more attention to the local policies that have been put in place since the Paris City hall declaration in December, world leaders would blush..
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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 | 294 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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Tuesday 19 April 2016

EU Emission Trading System: Our 5 recommendations for a sensible use of the "Modernisation Fund"
By David Donnerer | 251 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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lundi 18 avril 2016

#bornova2016 - Multi-level cooperation from Paris to Marrakech
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 199 visits
As Eduardo Lopez Moreno from UN Habitat puts it rightly : "The cities that are most prosperous are not those that strongly compete with each other, but those that strongly cooperate." Our conference in Bornova on 1-3 June will explore how creating links can be most inspiring and beneficial.
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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 | 302 visits , By Ian Turner | 302 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 | 526 visits
Our member city of Stuttgart, Germany, is developing a tailor-made contracting support service for private house owners.
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Thursday 24 March 2016

Lyon Metropole: smart city and urban experiments!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 406 visits
Lyon Metropole is in constant evolution and is becoming a smart, innovative, sustainable and lively conurbation The local authority wishes to conciliate economic dynamism and sustainable development: it means finding new technologic, urban, social and environmental solutions to improve quality of life in the city.
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Tuesday 22 March 2016

Thinking local on #WorldWaterDay
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 281 visits
Today is World Water Day! This year's theme, 'Water and Jobs' is a great opportunity to remind the benefits of publicly-owned water and energy services.
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Tuesday 22 March 2016

Annual Conference: registration and call for contributions open!
By Blandine Pidoux | 382 visits
10 weeks left before Energy Cities’ Annual Conference kick-starts in Bornova (Izmir) on the Turkish West coast: it will take place from 1-3 June 2016!
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Thursday 17 March 2016

European mayors condemn Brussels U-turn on car emissions limit
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 269 visits
Following the European Parliament's failed attempt to veto a proposal allowing car manufacturers to exceed the European gas emissions limits, 20 European mayors - amongst which five Energy Cities members- published an open letter to denounce the EU lack of ambition on air pollution standards.
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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 | 312 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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Tuesday 15 March 2016

A sharper, 3D vision of our energy future
By Alix Bolle | 573 visits
Energy Cities’ political 3D vision allows for both a wide-viewing angle and a high precision look at the energy future. Three components that will bring the change: Divest, Democratise, Devolve.
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Friday 11 March 2016

Milton Keynes: Boosting electric car use towards "ultra-low emission" mobility
By Kinga Kovacs | 369 visits
Energy Cities' member city of Milton Keynes (UK) was selected, based on its city-specific plan, as winner of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme which aims to boost electric car use in the country. This is part of the eco-cities funding to support the British industry and achieve the ambition of almost every car, bus and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2050, as explained by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.
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Wednesday 9 March 2016

Thessaloniki (GR) and Bottrop (DE), together in the "Municipalities for a strong Europe" Initiative
By Blandine Pidoux | 391 visits
The potential to reach social and economic progress through green growth at the local level was the key topic of a German-Greek workshop in Berlin last November. The 35 participants, from our member city of Thessaloniki and the German town Bottrop, discussed their experiences related to energy transition and ideas for green growth stimulation at the local level.
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Monday 7 March 2016

"Inspiring change" at our Annual Conference, 1-3 June 2016, Bornova (Izmir), Turkey
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 184 visits
Three months left before Energy Cities' Annual Conference kick-starts in Bornova (Izmir) on the Turkish West coast!
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Monday 7 March 2016

Pamplona heading towards energy self-sufficiency
By Floriane Cappelletti | 232 visits
The traditional large utility companies may well look at what is happening in the city of Pamplona with suspicion. In this city of 196,000 inhabitants located in North-Eastern Spain, the shift to renewable and decentralised energy has become a concrete political aim since the elections last year.
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Thursday 3 March 2016

Display® in the Maghreb
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 145 visits
Thanks to the support from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) Display® is being promoted in the Maghreb.
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