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Tuesday 11 October 2016

The Brussels Green Loan: another incentive encouraging Brussels citizens to energy retrofit their homes
By Jana Cicmanova | 191 visits
Buildings are responsible for 72% of the energy consumed in the area of Brussels-Capital Region. Since 2004, the region has launched a number of incentives, encouraging homeowners to improve energy performance of their dwellings. After an ‘energy grant’ and a ‘renovation grant’, the region has recently launched a revamped Brussels Green Loan.


Wednesday 5 October 2016

Porto: Fighting energy poverty through deep renovation of buildings
By Floriane Cappelletti | 358 visits
The deep renovation of the neighbourhood of Rainha Dona Leonor resulted in a significant reduction of energy consumption, an increased production of renewable energy, reduction of CO2 emissions and an increased quality of life for local residents.


Wednesday 28 September 2016

In Barcelona, trees temper the Mediterranean city climate
By Floriane Cappelletti | 185 visits
As a Mediterranean coastal city, Barcelona is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Its high population density also magnifies the local heat island effect which causes an array of health and environmental challenges.


Friday 23 September 2016

progRESsHEAT webinars: Learn more on renewables in disctrict heating and cooling!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 415 visits
The progRESsHEAT project assists local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewables in heating and cooling networks.


Monday 19 September 2016

Pushing forward electro-mobility in Riga
By Floriane Cappelletti | 375 visits
The city of Riga has been promoting electro-mobility since 2010 by purchasing electric cars for municipal services, developing public fast-recharging infrastructure in the city and raising awareness among citizens.


Monday 19 September 2016

Geneva (CH) says no to fossil energy!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 182 visits
In an official statement, the SIG (Geneva Industrial Services) has pledged that all the electricity they will supply as of January 2017 will be 100% renewable, thus definitely discarding fossil energy in favour of hydro and solar power.


Thursday 8 September 2016

European Energy Transition Conference - Call for contributions, deadline 20 september 2016 - 5 pm
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 682 visits
The 18th edition of the European Energy Transition Conference, organised by Bordeaux Métropole, the Dunkirk Urban Community and ADEME in close collaboration with Energy Cities, will be held in Bordeaux on 24, 25 and 26 January 2017.


Thursday 8 September 2016

On the way to energy democracy
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 294 visits
On the road away from Paris, the urge to accelerate the green transition of our energy system is no longer disputed. The technology is ready and the economic case is stronger than ever, with renewable energy becoming more competitive than fossil fuels in numerous regions of the world.


Tuesday 23 August 2016

A Good summer energy in Bielsko-Biała!
By Blandine Pidoux | 273 visits
The Beskids Festival of Good Energy - 6th edition of a very popular and recreative festival on energy, environmental and climate protection - took place this summer again in our member city of Bielsko-Biała.


Tuesday 26 July 2016

European Commission’s "Low-emission mobility strategy" highlights best transport practices of Energy Cities Members
By David Donnerer | 758 visits
In its recently published climate and energy summer package, the Commission recognizes the key role of cities in delivering a low-emission mobility strategy for Europe, and highlights a multitude of best practices from Energy Cities Members in this regard.


Tuesday 19 July 2016

Your office is almost empty? No one is around?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 449 visits
The sun is there and your colleagues are leaving the office for their summer holidays? Everything is calm. Too calm? Seize the opportunity to (re)watch our webinars!


Tuesday 5 July 2016

High-performance renovation of schools : a toolkit to do much better
By Blandine Pidoux | 476 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%?


Friday 1 July 2016

Riga to support the energy renovation of 6,000 houses
By Jana Cicmanova | 785 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.


Monday 27 June 2016

The Energy Union badly needs a “revolution from below”
By Alix Bolle | 786 visits
In Italy, experts are talking about the emergence of a “revolution from below”, steered by local authorities which have helped the country increase its share of renewable energy from 15% to 35.5% in just a few years’ time, with huge socio-economic benefits. At European level, this revolution and the role cities play in it is mostly confined to side programmes and dedicated initiatives such as the Covenant of Mayors or the Urban Agenda. While it is important that cities are supported through targeted mechanisms to advance the energy transition, it is also crucial that their own priorities and contributions find an echo in existing, high stake EU policies such as the strategic plan of building an Energy Union.


Monday 27 June 2016

Odense (DK) : Training craftsmen to accelerate the energy transition
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 515 visits
It all started with the observation that encouraging owners to renovate their houses was quite a challenge. What is the best way to provide incentives? How can the message be conveyed in a timely manner? Local craftsmen appeared to be the solution: they are in contact with consumers and have the attention of those seeking advice on how to save energy and improve the comfort of their homes.


Friday 24 June 2016

EU Covenant of Mayors and Compact of Mayors launch largest global coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1033 visits
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy will combine efforts and leadership to accelerate climate action at the local level worldwide.


Monday 20 June 2016

#Democracy - Making the city "an open transformation platform"
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 471 visits
Interview of Carlos Moreno, a Franco-Colombian university professor. This humanist-scientist is renowned for his expertise of the "human smart city" concept.


Wednesday 15 June 2016

Energy Efficiency and ESCO financing: Niš LE(A)DS the way
By David Donnerer | 461 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).


mardi 14 juin 2016

Boosting cooperation between cities : #Bornova 2016 conference success
By Miriam Eisermann | 488 visits
At our Annual Conference in Bornova (Turkey), Mayors of cities in Europe and its Mediterranean neighbourhood have committed to acting together to ensure an energy transition to a fairer model based on the use of renewables and the reduction of CO2 emissions. - By Sorina Buzatu -


Tuesday 7 June 2016

Almada’s Less Carbon Climate Fund becomes revolving
By Jana Cicmanova | 483 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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