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Monday 29 September 2014

Let's IMAGINE... regenerative urban development at the 4th Future of Cities Forum
By Floriane Bernardot | 121 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 | 176 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 | 260 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 | 263 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 | 469 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 | 318 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 | 249 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 | 358 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 | 383 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 | 254 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 | 335 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 | 327 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 | 338 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 | 534 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 | 613 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 | 677 visits , By Frédéric Boyer | 677 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 | 648 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 | 580 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 | 712 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.

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