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Monday 23 May 2016

The Udine Climate Fund: another step towards a sustainable energy city
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 16 visits , By Jana Cicmanova | 16 visits
From its central position just in the middle of Friuli historical region, Udine has always renewed, year by year, its commitment towards the environmental sustainability in general and the reduction of CO2 emissions in particular.


vendredi 20 mai 2016

#Bornova2016 - Get into the Grand Bazaar !
By Blandine Pidoux | 122 visits
Energy Cities' Annual Conference in Bornova, Turkey, is in only 2 weeks now and we are happy to announce today the list of 24 forums that were selected for our "bazaar" sessions...


mardi 17 mai 2016

Malmö awarded in Brussels for its outstanding mobility plan
By Blandine Pidoux | 112 visits
On 20 April, our member city of Malmö (Sweden) was announced by Director-General for DG MOVE, Mr. Henrik Hololei, as the winner of the 4th Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning Award.


Wednesday 11 May 2016

Sit and connect: First solar bench installed in Litoměřice
By Floriane Cappelletti | 386 visits
Litoměřice is the first Czech city to provide its citizens with a smart solar bench. ‘CapaSitty’ was recently installed in the Václav Havel public park.


mardi 10 mai 2016

New dialogues between cities & local stakeholders
By Blandine Pidoux | 423 visits
Energy Cities has carried out a new exploratory study for cities and diverse project leaders desiring to start a sustainable energy transition in collaboration with all stakeholders in their territory.


Friday 6 May 2016

#Bornova2016 - Remunicipalising energy services: why and how?
By Floriane Cappelletti | 395 visits
Over the last 15 years, 235 cities in 37 countries have brought water services back under public control benefiting 100 million people.


Friday 29 April 2016

Small-scale biomass-based cogeneration: different techniques being tested in South East Sweden
By Kinga Kovacs | 447 visits
Energy Cities member, the Energy Agency for South East Sweden, is currently involved in the testing of three different techniques for small-scale biomass-based cogeneration (gasifier, wet steam turbine and organic Rancine cycle) which are being built and demonstrated in South East Sweden as part of the project Small Scale CHP LIFE+ (2014-2018).


Friday 29 April 2016

EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete invites mayors to join the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to make Europe “a sustainable low-carbon and climate-resilient society”
By Floriane Cappelletti | 390 visits
Following up on the historic international agreement on climate change reached last December in Paris, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete addresses mayors in a letter that emphasizes cities’ crucial role in successfully implementing the energy transition.


Thursday 28 April 2016

An innovative platform to achieve the 2020 climate and energy targets
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 244 visits
Our member Klimaatverbond recently informed us that the Dutch Agreement on Energy for Sustainable Growth concluded between 47 organisations in 2013 is finally available in English. Combining an innovative governance platform with a systemic approach to energy and climate policy, this type of agreement sets the example when it comes to achieving climate and energy targets.


Friday 22 April 2016

Climate deal in New York : how local climate action could make world leaders blush
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 339 visits
Today, 162 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Agreement in New York. This is an important step, concluding months of harsh negotiations. However, would they pay more attention to the local policies that have been put in place since the Paris City hall declaration in December, world leaders would blush..


mercredi 20 avril 2016

Energy efficiency implemented too slowly in Europe : a status report from “Energy Efficiency Watch3”
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 423 visits
More than 1.100 experts from all 28 EU Member States were consulted about the relative progress in energy policies of their own countries in the last 3 years. The aim of the survey was to learn from stakeholders and experts how they see the "real-life" progress of energy efficiency policies and their implementation across different sectors in their respective country.


Tuesday 19 April 2016

EU Emission Trading System: Our 5 recommendations for a sensible use of the "Modernisation Fund"
By David Donnerer | 344 visits
The EU Emission Trading System (ETS), launched in 2005, is a pillar of EU climate policy and the largest system of its kind. Giving a price to carbon and a limited "right to pollute" through Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission allowances, it should lead to widespread emission cuts. However, the EU ETS has so far failed to deliver, resulting in a carbon price of only €5 and billions of Euros of profits for carbon polluting industries. Moreover, the top-down EU ETS has not been faithful to Europe's democratic model. In the ongoing ETS reform, it is therefore crucial to change its purpose, so it serves the locally driven energy transition.


lundi 18 avril 2016

#bornova2016 - Multi-level cooperation from Paris to Marrakech
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 299 visits
As Eduardo Lopez Moreno from UN Habitat puts it rightly : "The cities that are most prosperous are not those that strongly compete with each other, but those that strongly cooperate." Our conference in Bornova on 1-3 June will explore how creating links can be most inspiring and beneficial.


Thursday 31 March 2016

Energy performance label: Finnish cities support the Display label and call for clearer rules for the voluntary EU scheme
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 358 visits , By Ian Turner | 358 visits
The EU campaign Display, launched as early as in 2004, is an information tool to raise the public awareness. Designed by energy experts from European cities and based on operational rating and easy to understand, the certificate displays the energy, water and climate performance of a building. This Display poster combined with further awareness-raising activities involving building users has proven very successful in increasing behaviour change of building users and stimulating renovation in both public and privately-owned buildings.


Thursday 31 March 2016

In Stuttgart, private home owners can enjoy ’care-free’ energy renovation package
By Floriane Cappelletti | 592 visits
Our member city of Stuttgart, Germany, is developing a tailor-made contracting support service for private house owners.


Thursday 24 March 2016

Lyon Metropole: smart city and urban experiments!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 425 visits
Lyon Metropole is in constant evolution and is becoming a smart, innovative, sustainable and lively conurbation The local authority wishes to conciliate economic dynamism and sustainable development: it means finding new technologic, urban, social and environmental solutions to improve quality of life in the city.


Tuesday 22 March 2016

Thinking local on #WorldWaterDay
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 290 visits
Today is World Water Day! This year's theme, 'Water and Jobs' is a great opportunity to remind the benefits of publicly-owned water and energy services.


Tuesday 22 March 2016

Annual Conference: registration and call for contributions open!
By Blandine Pidoux | 402 visits
10 weeks left before Energy Cities’ Annual Conference kick-starts in Bornova (Izmir) on the Turkish West coast: it will take place from 1-3 June 2016!


Thursday 17 March 2016

European mayors condemn Brussels U-turn on car emissions limit
By Rémi Collombet-Gourdon | 281 visits
Following the European Parliament's failed attempt to veto a proposal allowing car manufacturers to exceed the European gas emissions limits, 20 European mayors - amongst which five Energy Cities members- published an open letter to denounce the EU lack of ambition on air pollution standards.


Thursday 17 March 2016

Energy-renovation of houses : In Bordeaux Metropole, 85% of households fit requirements for a dedicated bank loan !
By Floriane Cappelletti | 319 visits
Private housing accounts for 80% of Bordeaux Metropole’s housing stock and thus has been made a priority of its buildings’ energy-retrofitting policy. The objective of Bordeaux Metropole (Bordeaux Urban Community) is to implement several financing mechanisms that would ease energy-efficient renovation of the housing stock.

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