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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Smartspaces project: Bristol and Leicester full of smart buildings
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 56 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 | 290 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.


Tuesday 8 July 2014

Polish municipalities engage for energy security and a low carbon economy
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 321 visits , By Miriam Eisermann | 321 visits
Is Poland really this climate sceptic and fossil-fuel oriented country that we often hear of? Fortunately, the local level tells a different story! Last week, 12 local authorities and partners from the Łódzkie voivodeship (central Poland) have signed a declaration showing their commitment to improved energy security and a low-carbon economy. The declaration was the highlight of a 3-day conference hosted by the Lodzkie region from 25 to 27 June 2014.


Friday 4 July 2014

IMAGINE goes East: 10th Seminar held in Dobrich
By Floriane Bernardot | 188 visits
It was the first time an IMAGINE Seminar was held in Bulgaria. The 10th Seminar (and 5th in the framework of the IMAGINE INTERREG project) took place in Dobrich on 11 and 12 June 2014. The event gathered approximately 50 participants.


Wednesday 2 July 2014

Claire Roumet takes over Energy Cities' executive direction
By Floriane Bernardot | 324 visits
Claire Roumet officially took over the executive direction of Energy Cities yesterday, 1st July 2014.


Tuesday 1 July 2014

"Always dare the impossible" - Gérard Magnin leaves Energy Cities' executive direction
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 360 visits
A chapter is coming to an end! Retiring is a special moment. Even more so when professional and personal lives have become so intermingled. Sometimes excessively, to the extent of being as one with Energy Cities. I have often wondered how this story could have lasted almost a quarter of a century. It had to be a love story between one’s innermost beliefs and what one’s activity is trying to achieve. Some examples?


Thursday 26 June 2014

3 minutes to understand better the Covenant of Mayors
By Floriane Bernardot | 337 visits
An amusing fact-based video emphasises how the Covenant of Mayors is helping to reduce CO2 emissions and increase energy efficiency in Europe’s municipalities.


Wednesday 25 June 2014

"Renewables in Action": Finnish city of Tampere featured in the REVOLVE exhibition
By Miriam Eisermann | 365 visits
Will you be in Brussels next week? If so, do not miss the REVOLVE photo exhibition "Visualising Energy: Renewables in Action" featuring Tampere's biomass action. They will be at display on the Esplanade of the European Parliament during the European Sustainable Energy Week and throughout the summer in the city centre (Les Halles Saint-Géry).


mardi 24 juin 2014

Covenant of Mayors: lastest news from Ukraine!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 354 visits
During the European Sustainable Energy Week in Lviv, over 20 new cities from East and Western Ukraine committed to implementing ambitious sustainable energy action plans on their territory.


mardi 24 juin 2014

Local actions are key to European energy security
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 307 visits
Climate Alliance, CEMR, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES, FEDARENE and ICLEI, 6 european networks of local and regional authorities, have written a joint declaration asking for the recognition of the local initiative as an instrument to improve energy security in Europe.


Friday 20 June 2014

The European Commission DISPLAYs the energy performance of its buildings!
By Floriane Bernardot | 337 visits
In partnership with Renovate Europe and Energy Cities, the European Commission, though its Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Brussels (OIB), will partake in a highly visible communication action during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW – 23-27 June) by presenting a giant-size Display® Campaign poster on the Charlemagne building highlighting the energy consumption of Commission buildings.


Thursday 19 June 2014

#EU2030 #EnergySecurity - Poland’s other energy story: taking a closer look
By Floriane Bernardot | 210 visits, 19 June 2014 Energy is at the top of the agenda in Europe, today. Macro-economics and geopolitics aside, Brussels' decision makers should devote more attention to the local level, where the fight is taken up by citizens and mayors alike, Zbigniew Michniowski writes.


Monday 16 June 2014

USER Project: What does "public space" really mean?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 278 visits
Public space can be seen as more than just the physical space owned by the state based on property regulations. It is the space owned by all, and which, from a socio-cultural point of view, is the community expression of the contact and communion among individuals.


Tuesday 10 June 2014

Local savings to finance energy transition
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 396 visits
Where can we find the financial resources necessary to implement energy transition in towns and cities? As this issue tends to be given secondary importance in a context of reduced public spending, Energy Cities explains two ways of making local savings a genuine energy transition driver.


Tuesday 3 June 2014

For a Europe of Projects: the example of the energy and climate policy
By Gérard Magnin | 355 visits
Reviving people’s enthusiasm for Europe… Rekindling a desire for Europe... These expressions and variant versions are to be found in an increasing number of articles as the European elections are drawing near. Their authors are right. Nothing good is made without passion. The question is how to achieve it.


Monday 2 June 2014

Covenant of Mayors recognised as key Energy Security action by European Commission
By Alix Bolle | 355 visits
The Covenant of Mayors has been cited as a “key action” to moderate energy demand in the recently-published European Commission Energy Security paper. Energy Cities strongly welcomes this recognition of the Covenant strategic dimension, following a letter our President addressed early May to Commissioner Oettinger about the need to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans.


Wednesday 28 May 2014

Riga (Latvia), so smart!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 303 visits
In terms of international standing, Riga is one of those “rising stars” with an impressive collection of achievements: not only was it awarded the 2014 title of European Capital of Culture, it was also the first EU capital to join the Covenant of Mayors as early as 2008 and now is cooperating with European peers to incorporate the objective of becoming a “smart city” into its Sustainable Energy Action Plan.


Tuesday 27 May 2014

Mobility & Transport: Call for evidence on the benefits of sustainable urban mobility measures
By Floriane Bernardot | 293 visits
One way to facilitate greater buy-in to sustainable transport initiatives and measures is to demonstrate the benefits and return on investment.


Friday 23 May 2014

Besançon, France: Yes to smart technologies if they serve sustainable development
By Floriane Bernardot | 473 visits
The city of Besançon, France, (member of Energy Cities and committed to the Covenant of Mayors) has a simple guideline regarding smart technologies: they need to serve sustainable development and the citizens' quality of life.


Friday 23 May 2014

Malmö, Sweden: When high climate ambitions meet large-scale cooperation
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 289 visits
Since July 2013, the city hall of Malmö has been headed by Ms. Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh. Sweden’s third largest city, home to 312,000 inhabitants, is widely recognized as one of the greenest and most sustainable cities in the world, with CO2 reduction targets significantly more ambitious than that of the national government.

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