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mardi 29 juillet 2014

Enjoy your holidays!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 323 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 | 383 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 | 476 visits , By Frédéric Boyer | 476 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 | 369 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 | 396 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 | 536 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 | 536 visits , By Miriam Eisermann | 536 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 | 383 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 | 491 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 | 508 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 | 385 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 | 396 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).


mardi 24 juin 2014

Covenant of Mayors: lastest news from Ukraine!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 373 visits
During the European Sustainable Energy Week in Lviv, over 20 new cities from East and Western Ukraine committed to implementing ambitious sustainable energy action plans on their territory.


mardi 24 juin 2014

Local actions are key to European energy security
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 317 visits
Climate Alliance, CEMR, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES, FEDARENE and ICLEI, 6 european networks of local and regional authorities, have written a joint declaration asking for the recognition of the local initiative as an instrument to improve energy security in Europe.


Friday 20 June 2014

The European Commission DISPLAYs the energy performance of its buildings!
By Floriane Bernardot | 364 visits
In partnership with Renovate Europe and Energy Cities, the European Commission, though its Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Brussels (OIB), will partake in a highly visible communication action during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW – 23-27 June) by presenting a giant-size Display® Campaign poster on the Charlemagne building highlighting the energy consumption of Commission buildings.


Thursday 19 June 2014

#EU2030 #EnergySecurity - Poland’s other energy story: taking a closer look
By Floriane Bernardot | 214 visits, 19 June 2014 Energy is at the top of the agenda in Europe, today. Macro-economics and geopolitics aside, Brussels' decision makers should devote more attention to the local level, where the fight is taken up by citizens and mayors alike, Zbigniew Michniowski writes.


Monday 16 June 2014

USER Project: What does "public space" really mean?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 284 visits
Public space can be seen as more than just the physical space owned by the state based on property regulations. It is the space owned by all, and which, from a socio-cultural point of view, is the community expression of the contact and communion among individuals.


Tuesday 10 June 2014

Local savings to finance energy transition
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 425 visits
Where can we find the financial resources necessary to implement energy transition in towns and cities? As this issue tends to be given secondary importance in a context of reduced public spending, Energy Cities explains two ways of making local savings a genuine energy transition driver.


Tuesday 3 June 2014

For a Europe of Projects: the example of the energy and climate policy
By Gérard Magnin | 362 visits
Reviving people’s enthusiasm for Europe… Rekindling a desire for Europe... These expressions and variant versions are to be found in an increasing number of articles as the European elections are drawing near. Their authors are right. Nothing good is made without passion. The question is how to achieve it.


Monday 2 June 2014

Covenant of Mayors recognised as key Energy Security action by European Commission
By Alix Bolle | 366 visits
The Covenant of Mayors has been cited as a “key action” to moderate energy demand in the recently-published European Commission Energy Security paper. Energy Cities strongly welcomes this recognition of the Covenant strategic dimension, following a letter our President addressed early May to Commissioner Oettinger about the need to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans.

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