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Friday 23 January 2015

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015: How can you get involved as a local authority?
By Floriane Bernardot | 268 visits
The dates are set for the 2015 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week: this year, EUSEW will take place from 15 to 19 June. And there are many opportunities to get your city involved!
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Thursday 15 January 2015

Energy Cities' photo contest - Win an urban piece of art for your city!
By Floriane Bernardot | 295 visits
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Energy Cities is launching a photo contest open to all members of the network!
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Thursday 8 January 2015

We express our deepest solidarity...
By Miriam Eisermann | 269 visits
...with the victims and with all those fighting for democracy and freedom!
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mercredi 7 janvier 2015

2015, a very special year for Energy Cities...
By Blandine Pidoux | 237 visits
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Monday 5 January 2015

The « Energy Union » should be grounded in today’s reality
By Miriam Eisermann | 512 visits
An "Energy Union" is the European Commission's next big project. Whom and what will it unify? And what type of energy is it focusing on? Better interconnections throughout the EU and simplification of energy trade amongst countries are meant to reduce the EU's dependence on Russian gas. This will increase security of supply and competitiveness. No mention of decentralised energy, though. Energy Cities' most recent position paper calls for the assessment of local needs and opportunities in this endeavour.
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Monday 22 December 2014

Economic impact of the local energy transition - Energy Cities issues one-of-a-kind study
By Floriane Bernardot | 635 visits
Understanding the mechanisms that link the energy transition to a boost of the economy on the ground is indispensable to guide local energy transition policies more efficiently.
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Friday 19 December 2014

Portugese city of Almada debates energy efficiency at local level
By Floriane Bernardot | 329 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 | 323 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 | 487 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 | 350 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 | 564 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 | 477 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 | 598 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 | 365 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 | 387 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 | 240 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 | 357 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 | 565 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 | 359 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 | 365 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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