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Thursday 11 September 2014

EU governance : What if cities were finally given the driver’s seat?
By Frédéric Boyer | 123 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.


Wednesday 10 September 2014

What does the new Commission tell about future EU priorities?
By Miriam Eisermann | 208 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?


Wednesday 10 September 2014

8 people, 1 question: How to prevent Europe's energy and climate leadership from fading?
By Miriam Eisermann | 190 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.


Monday 8 September 2014

Empowering consumers to save energy!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 146 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.


Friday 5 September 2014

Use your bicycle and let your city win !
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 246 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 !


Wednesday 3 September 2014

Energy Cities quoted in Euractiv article on Polish energy policy
By Miriam Eisermann | 275 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.


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.


Monday 1 September 2014

Back at work - Upcoming events you don't want to miss!
By Floriane Bernardot | 318 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!


mardi 29 juillet 2014

Enjoy your holidays!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 529 visits
The BLOG team hopes that you will have (or have had) a very good holidays...


Friday 25 July 2014

“Disruption” in UK’s traditional energy system: An opportunity for cities!
By Miriam Eisermann | 596 visits
Last week the “City Energy: A New Powerhouse for Britain” report by the centre-left think-tank IPPR was presented in the British Parliament. Currently, the countries’ energy market is dominated by a handful of large utility companies. But the report shows this business model is being disrupted. This is where cities come in: they could become the powerhouses of the UK economy by taking a more active role in the energy sector. The joint tackling of affordability, security and decarbonisation needs solutions emerging from the city-level.


Thursday 24 July 2014

Energy Efficiency: the European Commission lacks ambition, again…
By Miriam Eisermann | 665 visits , By Frédéric Boyer | 665 visits
The 2030 EU targets for greenhouse gases and renewable energy, proposed by the EU Commission in January with respectively 40% and 27% have been watered down to a weak 30% energy savings objective in yesterday’s Communication on energy efficiency. Local authorities witness first-hand the social and economic benefits of energy savings for citizens and businesses. However, to ensure the implementation of energy efficiency measures within cities, a strong binding target within the EU 2030 package is needed.


Wednesday 23 July 2014

“Let’s have fun doing it!” - Mayor of Bristol’s Exclusive Interview with the Covenant of Mayors Office
By Floriane Bernardot | 628 visits
In this exclusive interview with the Covenant of Mayors Office, Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson shows that the energy transition is not only about fighting climate change, but first and foremost about “the immediate benefits it brings to people’s lives”. "If we've got to save the world, let's have fun doing it!", said the mayor.


Tuesday 22 July 2014

Smartspaces project: Bristol and Leicester full of smart buildings
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 564 visits
The Smartspaces project enables the public authorities in Europe significantly to improve their management of energy in the buildings they occupy. Bristol and Leicester, both members of Energy Cities are pilot cities in this project.


Thursday 10 July 2014

€400 million to support Smart Cities & Sustainable Development in Belgium
By Floriane Bernardot | 704 visits
Created thanks to an agreement between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Belfius Bank, the 'Smart Cities & Sustainable Development' programme will support Belgian cities & towns in becoming sustainable and smart.


Tuesday 8 July 2014

Polish municipalities engage for energy security and a low carbon economy
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 690 visits , By Miriam Eisermann | 690 visits
Is Poland really this climate sceptic and fossil-fuel oriented country that we often hear of? Fortunately, the local level tells a different story! Last week, 12 local authorities and partners from the Łódzkie voivodeship (central Poland) have signed a declaration showing their commitment to improved energy security and a low-carbon economy. The declaration was the highlight of a 3-day conference hosted by the Lodzkie region from 25 to 27 June 2014.


Friday 4 July 2014

IMAGINE goes East: 10th Seminar held in Dobrich
By Floriane Bernardot | 503 visits
It was the first time an IMAGINE Seminar was held in Bulgaria. The 10th Seminar (and 5th in the framework of the IMAGINE INTERREG project) took place in Dobrich on 11 and 12 June 2014. The event gathered approximately 50 participants.


Wednesday 2 July 2014

Claire Roumet takes over Energy Cities' executive direction
By Floriane Bernardot | 576 visits
Claire Roumet officially took over the executive direction of Energy Cities yesterday, 1st July 2014.


Tuesday 1 July 2014

"Always dare the impossible" - Gérard Magnin leaves Energy Cities' executive direction
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 568 visits
A chapter is coming to an end! Retiring is a special moment. Even more so when professional and personal lives have become so intermingled. Sometimes excessively, to the extent of being as one with Energy Cities. I have often wondered how this story could have lasted almost a quarter of a century. It had to be a love story between one’s innermost beliefs and what one’s activity is trying to achieve. Some examples?


Thursday 26 June 2014

3 minutes to understand better the Covenant of Mayors
By Floriane Bernardot | 395 visits
An amusing fact-based video emphasises how the Covenant of Mayors is helping to reduce CO2 emissions and increase energy efficiency in Europe’s municipalities.


Wednesday 25 June 2014

"Renewables in Action": Finnish city of Tampere featured in the REVOLVE exhibition
By Miriam Eisermann | 403 visits
Will you be in Brussels next week? If so, do not miss the REVOLVE photo exhibition "Visualising Energy: Renewables in Action" featuring Tampere's biomass action. They will be at display on the Esplanade of the European Parliament during the European Sustainable Energy Week and throughout the summer in the city centre (Les Halles Saint-Géry).

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