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Friday 19 December 2014

Portugese city of Almada debates energy efficiency at local level
By Floriane Bernardot | 112 visits
The Portuguese edition of the ManagEnergy capacity-building workshop on "Financing energy efficiency projects at the local level" took place on 20 November 2014 in Almada, Portugal.
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Thursday 18 December 2014

European Green Capital Bristol (UK) highlights the importance of its Energy Service
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 113 visits
Recently awarded European Green Capital 2015 in Copenhagen, Bristol aims to become a low carbon city with a high quality of life for all. Managing energy use better is one of a key part to do it!
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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Juncker’s Investment Plan can support local energy transition processes
By Floriane Bernardot | 244 visits
The Investment Plan proposed by the European Commission to raise the level of investment in the EU economy is becoming more tangible as the report from the EU Task Force on investment has recently been issued.
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Tuesday 16 December 2014

Tampere (Finland) in the spotlight!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 140 visits
Interview with Anna -Kaisa Ikonen, Mayor of Tampere (Finland)
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Friday 12 December 2014

Germany’s biggest energy company shifts away from fossil fuels
By Floriane Bernardot | 365 visits
December 2014 kicks of well for the energy transition: the biggest German utility, E.On, decided to shift away from conventional energy generation. The company adopted a corporate strategy that focuses on renewable energy, distribution networks and demand-side solutions.
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Wednesday 10 December 2014

Figueres City Council adopts local Energy Roadmap for 2050
By Kinga Kovacs | 267 visits
The Energy Roadmap 2050 of Figueres (Spain) is a long-term strategy for changing the city’s energy model. This Roadmap has been drawn up by citizens and local stakeholders via a lengthy public participation process which has made possible to gather information, stimulate debate and propose and agree on a model and the necessary actions to achieve it. The Roadmap includes an extensive vision of the energy model of the future, along with the actions necessary to achieve it.
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Monday 8 December 2014

New Commission’s Investment Plan to trigger €350 billion of investments. What opportunities for cities?
By Floriane Bernardot | 428 visits
On 25 November 2014, the European Commission unveiled its brand new Strategic Investment Plan proposal. Its objective is to encourage a new dynamic in the European Union. Up to €315 billion of investments should be triggered from a limited €21 billion of initial public money.
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Friday 5 December 2014

Local sustainable energy action plans are key to European energy security
By Floriane Bernardot | 251 visits
The 8th annual conference on EU Energy Policy and Energy Security of Central Europe (CEEC) took place on 23–25 November 2014 in Bratislava.
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Tuesday 2 December 2014

Paris on the road to 2015… and beyond!
By Floriane Bernardot | 339 visits
The 20th Global Conference on Climate Change (COP20) has started yesterday in Lima. Even though this is a significant step towards an international agreement on climate change mitigation, no decisive agreement is likely to happen before COP21 in December 2015.
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Monday 1 December 2014

Cohesion policy and transition to a low carbon economy: Good enough?
By Floriane Bernardot | 226 visits
The Cohesion policy, which is declined into 5 main Structural Funds* , represents a major investment from the European Union. For the 2014-2020 programming period, more than €350 billion were allocated to the Structural Funds, which is nearly a third of the total EU budget.
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Friday 21 November 2014

Plans Climat Energie and Klimaschutzkonzept : a much awaited comparative analysis
By Blandine Pidoux | 337 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.
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Tuesday 18 November 2014

Caring by sharing - 8 European pilot cities present their experience on how to develop Local Energy Roadmaps
By Floriane Bernardot | 508 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.
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Thursday 13 November 2014

Konkrete Vorschläge zur Beschleunigung der Energiewende - Energy Cities' Proposals for the energy transition now in German!
By Floriane Bernardot | 333 visits
We are proud to present Energy Cities' Proposals for the energy transition of cities and towns in German!
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Wednesday 12 November 2014

Energy Cities at the Sino-French Eco-city Proseminar
By Ian Turner | 352 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.
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Friday 7 November 2014

Covenant of Mayors - Vila Nova de Gaia first to report progress in cutting CO2 emissions
By Alix Bolle | 433 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.
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Wednesday 5 November 2014

Four Czech cities set up a municipal energy manager association
By Floriane Bernardot | 327 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.
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Monday 3 November 2014

"Europe 2020 strategy" review: an opportunity for pushing the energy transition?
By Miriam Eisermann | 406 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.
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lundi 27 octobre 2014

Cyprus to install 20,000 e-vehicle recharging points by 2020
By Blandine Pidoux | 315 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.
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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 | 539 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 | 378 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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