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Friday 17 October 2014

Energy Efficiency: UK cities call on Prime Minister to show ambition at European Council
By Alix Bolle | 233 visits
Read in Euractiv and The Guardian. Bristol, Aberdeen, Leicester and Milton Keynes, all members of Energy Cities, sent a letter Wednesday 15 October to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him the to « support an ambitious, binding, energy efficiency target for 2030, not primarily to save energy or comply with international targets, but first and foremost to save jobs, competitiveness and the well-being of our citizens ».
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lundi 13 octobre 2014

The CoR urges the EU to opt for a more ambitious 2030 climate-energy package
By Blandine Pidoux | 184 visits
In its opinion on the 2030 energy-climate package, adopted on October 8th, the Committee of the Region urges the EU to opt for a "winning trio" of binding and ambitious targets.
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Thursday 9 October 2014

Second largest UN centre exhibiting Display® poster
By Floriane Bernardot | 335 visits
Since 2008 a number of measures have been taken to reduce the energy consumption of the second largest United Nations centre resulting in a reduction of 30% by 2013.
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Wednesday 8 October 2014

EU Commission interviewed on Covenant of Mayors’ key contribution to Energy Security
By Floriane Bernardot | 254 visits
Ahead of the 9 October High Level Covenant of Mayors Conference*, Marie Donnelly (Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission’s DG Energy) explains how the Covenant of Mayors can improve Europe’s energy security with an increased sense of urgency ahead of the looming winter season.
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Friday 3 October 2014

#RidesharingDay or why driving together means more fun
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 478 visits
It is well-known that access to public transportation can be a problem in rural areas. People do not necessarily have the choice: they need a car for travelling and they tend to drive alone. Unfortunately, car-sharing is still much more current in cities than in rural areas. The "Mobile together" project aims to change this via the establishment of a number of ride-sharing communities.
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Monday 29 September 2014

Let's IMAGINE... regenerative urban development at the 4th Future of Cities Forum
By Floriane Bernardot | 895 visits
Organised by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the World Future Council and Energy Cities, the 4th Future of Cities Forum is also the Final Conference of the IMAGINE...low energy cities project.
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mardi 23 septembre 2014

Romanian cities receive funding to speed up mobility plans development
By Blandine Pidoux | 341 visits
Thanks to a funding by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Braşov is one of eight Romanian cities receiving help in the development of its SUMP.
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Tuesday 23 September 2014

New York, new approaches? The UN Climate Summit backs collective city-lead action
By Miriam Eisermann | 406 visits
Floods, droughts, storms…Climate change is becoming more and more visible. Urgency for action is a leitmotiv for the world leaders gathering in New York as of today to attend the UN Climate Summit 2014.
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Thursday 18 September 2014

EU cash pool with over 30 billion euros for sustainable energy projects
By Miriam Eisermann | 411 visits
A crucial tool for the transition to a low-carbon economy is the EU Cohesion Fund (€325 billion): at least €23 billion are foreseen for sustainable energy during the 2014-2020 period. It is very likely that Member States will even put more money in the basket (estimated €38-39 billion).
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mardi 16 septembre 2014

Linda loves her car and hates the bus... but she is ready for a change!
By Blandine Pidoux | 598 visits
Under the banner of "Our streets, our choice", this year's European Mobility Week aims to encourage citizens to 'reclaim' urban spaces to create the city they want to live in. Discover how some Energy Cities members make it a reality in their cities and towns.
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mardi 16 septembre 2014

The “Big Five” recommendations to new EU leaders
By Miriam Eisermann | 434 visits
Following the European elections, new teams are taking up duties in the European institutions : The Commission's and the EU Parliament's agendas for the upcoming months foresee two major objectives : a resilient energy union and a low-emission economy.
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Thursday 11 September 2014

EU governance : What if cities were finally given the driver’s seat?
By Frédéric Boyer | 333 visits
The European Commission has issued a Communication on « The urban dimension of EU policies – key features of an EU urban agenda” and is consulting European stakeholders until 26 September.
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Wednesday 10 September 2014

What does the new Commission tell about future EU priorities?
By Miriam Eisermann | 415 visits
Since today we know their names. The dream team of Jean-Claude Juncker, the new European Commission’s President, has been announced a few hours ago. What are Junckers top job choices telling us about his political agenda for the next five years?
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Wednesday 10 September 2014

8 people, 1 question: How to prevent Europe's energy and climate leadership from fading?
By Miriam Eisermann | 433 visits
For a long time, Europe has been a global energy and climate leader. Will it keep this status on its way to the milestone Climate Summit in Paris next year? The current strategic decisions around its 2030 framework will set the course. We asked eight decision-makers from both public and private institutions to explain what they are doing in their job/sector to help Europe keep this pole position.
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Monday 8 September 2014

Empowering consumers to save energy!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 282 visits
"EMPOWERING" is a EU-funded IEE project which aims at empowering European consumers to improve their energy performance. Driven by a consortium of European electricity companies and local stakeholders, the project shall contribute to achieving the EU 20% energy efficiency target.
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Friday 5 September 2014

Use your bicycle and let your city win !
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 359 visits
This is the slogan of the European Cycling Challenge ! Rules are simples, participants and their bicycle have to ride the longest distance from 1 to 31 May. 32 european cities took part in this 3rd edition !
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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Energy Cities quoted in Euractiv article on Polish energy policy
By Miriam Eisermann | 338 visits
Last week, Euractiv has reported on a letter by the Mayor of Warsaw criticizing the Polish government for supporting unambitious EU energy targets. Similar to the call sent out by Ukrainian cities in April via our network, Warsaw is now asking for a stronger support from their national government to make their own local energy and climate ambitions come true.
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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Pioneering perpetual change : The Stuttgart model

Originally published in Managenergy, August 2014 Building on a long-standing history of energy efficiency and innovation, Stuttgart has created an original funding tool that has been bringing energy efficiency improvements to the city for almost 20 years.
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Monday 1 September 2014

Back at work - Upcoming events you don't want to miss!
By Floriane Bernardot | 344 visits
The Energy Cities team hopes you enjoyed relaxing holidays. We know this is sometimes hard to get back at work but we have some events coming that should cheer you up. Book your seat!
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mardi 29 juillet 2014

Enjoy your holidays!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 543 visits
The BLOG team hopes that you will have (or have had) a very good holidays...
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