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mardi 31 mars 2015

Aberdeen Conference: Share, learn, network! #mayors2015
By Floriane Bernardot | 0 visits
This year, Energy Cities' International Conference will be held in a city of which the economy has long been relying on the oil industry and which has now engaged in the energy transition. What a challenge !
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Thursday 26 March 2015

European capitals and big cities commit to joint public procurement #COP21
By Floriane Bernardot | 153 visits
This Thursday, 26 March, about thirty mayors from European capitals and big cities gathered in Paris, which is to host the COP21 in December. Amongst the participating cities were some members of Energy Cities and Covenant of Mayors signatories.
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Wednesday 25 March 2015

Växjö urges Swedish Government to become the world’s first fossil-fuel free nation
By Miriam Eisermann | 331 visits
While the EU's position on a goal for the Paris Climate Talks in December is still up for discussion, the Swedish city of Växjö is pushing for more: today, Mayor Bo Frank has issued a declaration urging the Swedish Government and European local authorities to follow in Växjö's footsteps and take meaningful action for going fossil fuel-free.
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lundi 23 mars 2015

Litoměřice, the next Czech post-carbon city
By Blandine Pidoux | 185 visits
While it has traditionally been relying on coal combustion for most of its energy use, the city is now taking steps towards a low-carbon future.
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Friday 20 March 2015

The Energy Union partially eclipsed by the Energy Nations
By Thomas Garabetian | 164 visits
Today (20 March), the European Council delivered its conclusions on the Energy Union. There were some good opportunities to seize. And there were some reasons to worry.
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jeudi 19 mars 2015

EIB should increase its focus on energy efficiency and renewables at local level
By Thomas Garabetian | 174 visits
Energy Cities contributed to the public consultation on approach of the European Investment Bank to Climate Action.
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Monday 16 March 2015

Welcome to smart houses! Helsinki (Finland)
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 246 visits
The first residents moved into the new smart houses in the Helsinki district of Kalasatama at the end of February. This district is the first model in Finland of smart energy systems. Kalasatama is located on the sea shore at the edge of Helsinki city centre. The district will offer 8,000 jobs and a home for about 20,000 Helsinki residents by the beginning of the 2030s.
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Wednesday 11 March 2015

Energy Cities' Annual Conference #mayors2015 - Come and meet Transformation Cities!
By Floriane Bernardot | 306 visits
The harbour cities of Aberdeen (UK) and Dunkirk (France) have undertaken amibitous transformation. They will share their plans, aims and doubts at Energy Cities' Conference next April.
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Monday 9 March 2015

"We need your positive energy": EU Commission Vice President Šefovi meets Energy Cities mayors
By Alix Bolle | 547 visits
Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič held an exchange of views with Energy Cities Board of Directors on 6 March 2015, one week after the official unveiling of the Energy Union project.
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Friday 6 March 2015

Frankfurt-am-Main: Germany's economic capital city aims at a 95% CO2-emission reduction by 2050
By Floriane Bernardot | 363 visits
Frankfurt-am-Main is considered a leading city at global level from its economic power and cultural richness. EU's 3rd business city has also been an energy transition pioneer for a long time. It has proved it once again by setting itself the objective of reducing its CO2 emissions by 95% by 2050 (baseline year 1990).
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Friday 27 February 2015

EEFIG report identifies ways to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments
By Floriane Bernardot | 357 visits
On 26 February, the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) co-convened by the European Commission and UNEP Finance Initiative launched its final report on the occasion of the Heating and Cooling Conference.
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Thursday 26 February 2015

Energy Union – It can’t work without cities and citizens
By Floriane Bernardot | 476 visits
‘Cities are key to the establishment of the Energy Union project’ said Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič yesterday at a high-level roundtable which gathered some 20 leaders of European cities. Cities are the largest consumers of energy in Europe, and where three quarters of carbon emissions are generated. A successful EU Energy Union must tap into the potential of local energy resources and actively involve local authorities and their citizens.
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Tuesday 24 February 2015

Energy Cities' Annual Conference #mayors2015 - How is your city shifting to a new economy?
By Floriane Bernardot | 488 visits
At Energy Cities' Annual Conference, local leaders and experts from cities and other organisations of all over Europe will take time to discuss the link between energy transition and local development.
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vendredi 13 février 2015

Liège, partner city of the new Smart City Institute
By Blandine Pidoux | 479 visits
Hosted in the Management School of the University of Liege (HEC-ULg) and in the continuation of the activities led by the Accenture Chair in Sustainable Strategy since 2010, the Smart City Institute has just been launched, under the direction of Professor Nathalie Crutzen and with the support of both public (City of Liege) and private partners (Accenture and Belfius).
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Tuesday 10 February 2015

Biking in Bielsko-Biala (PL): a city on the move
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 392 visits
After the campaign "Save energy, protect the climate", the municipality of Bielsko-Biala continues its way to sustainability with "BBbike", a new self-serviced bike rental system. BBbike was launched on 1 October 2014.
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lundi 9 février 2015

Aberdeen 2015: Registration is open!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 472 visits
Many European cities are facing globalisation and the economic crisis while following the linear “take-make-consume and dispose” pattern of growth. What role can and do local authorities play in doing things differently to foster community resilience ?
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Friday 6 February 2015

Energy Union or top-down implementation? City Councillor speaks out at Riga Conference
By Floriane Bernardot | 356 visits
The initial orientations given by the European Commission to flesh out its flagship proposal for an ‘Energy Union’ appear to misunderstand the wide meaning of the word ‘union’.
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Thursday 5 February 2015

New Covenant of Mayors guide helps cities identify suitable funding opportunities for sustainable energy
By Floriane Bernardot | 382 visits
Cities often find it challenging to find their way through the complex maze of EU funding streams, programmes and mechanisms.
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Friday 30 January 2015

"No energy transition without citizens" - Interview with Energy Cities' Executive Director Claire Roumet
By Floriane Bernardot | 535 visits
"There is no energy transition without citizens", says Energy Cities' Executive Director Claire Roumet in an interview with Revolve where she explains how we can build sustainable cities.
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Friday 23 January 2015

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015: How can you get involved as a local authority?
By Floriane Bernardot | 518 visits
The dates are set for the 2015 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week: this year, EUSEW will take place from 15 to 19 June. And there are many opportunities to get your city involved!
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