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vendredi 21 novembre 2014

Plans Climat Energie and Klimaschutzkonzept : a much awaited comparative analysis
By Blandine Pidoux | 176 visits
The simultaneous implementation of the “Transition énergétique” and “Energiewende” energy transition processes in France and Germany has led the governments of these countries to conclude a number of cooperation agreements. As both processes rely essentially on the decentralisation of energy supply, close cooperation between local authorities appears promising.


Tuesday 18 November 2014

Caring by sharing - 8 European pilot cities present their experience on how to develop Local Energy Roadmaps
By Floriane Bernardot | 283 visits
Although a world’s task, climate mitigation has its highest potential in local solutions and implementations. The “Low-Energy City Policy Handbook” offers a unique toolbox to help municipalities find their own starting point and suitable path to a common goal.


Thursday 13 November 2014

Konkrete Vorschläge zur Beschleunigung der Energiewende - Energy Cities' Proposals for the energy transition now in German!
By Floriane Bernardot | 186 visits
We are proud to present Energy Cities' Proposals for the energy transition of cities and towns in German!


mercredi 12 novembre 2014

Energy Cities at the Sino-French Eco-city Proseminar
By Ian Turner | 239 visits
From the 27th to the 31st of October Energy Cities and three of our French members, Echirolles, Lille and Bordeaux, supported by the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management – ADEME, had a rich week of networking in China participating in a number of interesting events.


vendredi 7 novembre 2014

Covenant of Mayors - Vila Nova de Gaia first to report progress in cutting CO2 emissions
By Alix Bolle | 305 visits
The city of Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, member of Energy Cities since 2000, was the first to submit its monitoring results to the Covenant of Mayors in end-July 2014. The monitoring template, launched in May 2014, is part of the Covenant reporting framework available for signatory cities to report on the status and progress of implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans.


Wednesday 5 November 2014

Four Czech cities set up a municipal energy manager association
By Floriane Bernardot | 247 visits
The day after the adoption of the EU 2030 targets, four Czech cities officially launched an association of municipal energy managers that will help cities implement their ambitious local energy and climate strategies.


Monday 3 November 2014

"Europe 2020 strategy" review: an opportunity for pushing the energy transition?
By Miriam Eisermann | 314 visits
The European Commission's "Europe 2020 strategy (for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth)" is built around targets such as reducing poverty, unemployment and GHG emissions while improving education, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Energy Cities participated in a recent public consultation where stakeholders were asked to take stock of what has been achieved since the strategy launch in 2010. A closer look at the document reveals, that it is missing the point to put the European Union back on a sustained growth path.


lundi 27 octobre 2014

Cyprus to install 20,000 e-vehicle recharging points by 2020
By Blandine Pidoux | 266 visits
Signing or the "Covenant of Mayors" or the "Pact of Islands" to implement projects that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the territory by more than 20% by 2020, local authorities of Cyprus, together with the Energy Agency, prepare the implementation of energy projects action, highlighting the role of local government in the new technological challenges and environmental issues.


Friday 17 October 2014

Energy Efficiency: UK cities call on Prime Minister to show ambition at European Council
By Alix Bolle | 513 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 ».


lundi 13 octobre 2014

The CoR urges the EU to opt for a more ambitious 2030 climate-energy package
By Blandine Pidoux | 360 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.


Thursday 9 October 2014

Second largest UN centre exhibiting Display® poster
By Floriane Bernardot | 516 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.


Wednesday 8 October 2014

EU Commission interviewed on Covenant of Mayors’ key contribution to Energy Security
By Floriane Bernardot | 393 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.


Friday 3 October 2014

#RidesharingDay or why driving together means more fun
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 606 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.


Monday 29 September 2014

Let's IMAGINE... regenerative urban development at the 4th Future of Cities Forum
By Floriane Bernardot | 1376 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.


mardi 23 septembre 2014

Romanian cities receive funding to speed up mobility plans development
By Blandine Pidoux | 428 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.


Tuesday 23 September 2014

New York, new approaches? The UN Climate Summit backs collective city-lead action
By Miriam Eisermann | 467 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.


Thursday 18 September 2014

EU cash pool with over 30 billion euros for sustainable energy projects
By Miriam Eisermann | 464 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).


mardi 16 septembre 2014

Linda loves her car and hates the bus... but she is ready for a change!
By Blandine Pidoux | 635 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.


mardi 16 septembre 2014

The “Big Five” recommendations to new EU leaders
By Miriam Eisermann | 479 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.


Thursday 11 September 2014

EU governance : What if cities were finally given the driver’s seat?
By Frédéric Boyer | 349 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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