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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Launch of the largest ever consultation on the future of the Covenant of Mayors
By Floriane Bernardot | 359 visits
The Covenant of Mayors initiative, launched in 2008, was born intrinsically linked to the European Union’s 2020 climate and energy package.
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Thursday 23 July 2015

Paris, exemplary city to host the COP21!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 494 visits
Paris will host the UN SUmmit. The city wants underline political courage, innovation, imagination and the participation of all stakeholders to host COP21 in the best conditions and influence the Paris agreement positively.
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Wednesday 8 July 2015

Unlocking investments in cities: Review of ELENA-EIB projects in Barcelona, Bristol, Malmö, Paris and Brussels-Capital Region
By Floriane Bernardot | 918 visits
Energy Cities published a review of the projects undertaken in the cities of Paris, Malmö (in association with Lund and Helsingborg), Barcelona, Bristol and Brussels-Capital that received support under the ELENA-EIB facility.
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Monday 6 July 2015

Germany championing “civic energy”
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 338 visits
More than 1,000 energy cooperatives created
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Friday 3 July 2015

Non-state players’ message to COP21 negotiators: Empowering sub-national governments and divesting from fossil fuels
By Floriane Bernardot | 549 visits
Gathered in Lyon on the occasion of the World Summit Climate & Territories for two days (1-2 July), hundreds of non-state players debated climate mitigation issues and strongly stated their common will to take on the challenge of limiting global warming below 2°C.
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Friday 26 June 2015

Urban freight distribution: SMILE information guide gathers energy-efficient best practices
By Floriane Bernardot | 494 visits
Urban freight transport plays a key role towards the economic vitality of the cities. Goods transport and delivery are fundamental elements of economic activity that is increasingly dependent on the regional business network producing increased pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas effects.
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Tuesday 23 June 2015

Financing sustainable energy: Finding your way
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 538 visits
Cities often find it challenging to find their way through the complex maze of EU funding streams, programmes and mechanisms. Two new tools should help.
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Friday 19 June 2015

Energy Cities’ 25th anniversary : City of Brussels rewarded for its energetic... team!
By Floriane Bernardot | 294 visits
The city of Brussels was officially handed out the 1st prize of 'My city, my team, my energy' photo contest yesterday (Thursday 18 June 2015) on the occasion of an after-work cocktail celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Energy Cities network.
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Thursday 18 June 2015

Energy transition, a true vitamin cocktail for the local economy!
By Floriane Bernardot | 623 visits
In its study “Economic impact of the energy transition at local level”, Energy Cities identified mechanisms through which energy transition measures stimulate the local economy.
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Tuesday 16 June 2015

#EUSEW2015 - Come and meet Energy Cities!
By Floriane Bernardot | 580 visits
From 15 to 19 June, you can participate in events organised in Brussels and all over Europe in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. Energy Cities has organised workshops and will take part in several others where we will be glad to meet you!
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Thursday 11 June 2015

Epernay and Ettlingen: A successful TANDEM for the local energy transition
By Floriane Bernardot | 468 visits
The twinning arrangement between the French city of Epernay and the German city of Ettlingen was initiated in 1953. It is the second oldest city-twinning agreement between France and Germany.
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Wednesday 10 June 2015

#COP21 - European mayors’ message to Paris negotiators
By Floriane Bernardot | 497 visits
In the latest issue of Energy Cities INFO magazine, the mayors of Figueres (Spain), Växjö (Sweden) and Milton Keynes (UK) express their expectations as regards the UN Climate Summit (COP21) to be held in Paris next December.
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Monday 8 June 2015

Adrian Joyce wishes a Happy Birthday to Energy Cities, "an Innovative, Communicative and Provocative" partner!
By Frédéric Boyer | 449 visits
I have known and worked with Energy Cities for over a decade and I stand impressed by its approach to encouraging cities to be front runners in the needed energy transition in the EU.
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Thursday 4 June 2015

Decentralisation, devolution... Revolution!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 325 visits
In the course of the past few decades, new players have entered the energy management arena, in what could be characterised as a new era of “community power”. Everywhere across Europe and beyond, local authorities have been playing a key role, not only as protagonists but also as facilitators of a new energy model.
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Monday 1 June 2015

Resilient cities #3: Developing new financing approaches
By Floriane Bernardot | 439 visits
The budget cuts recently experienced by European cities have led local players to get creative also in terms of funding solutions. Local authorities themselves are proving innovative.
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vendredi 29 mai 2015

Energy Cities members commit to city-to-city cooperation as a key tool for the energy transition
By Floriane Bernardot | 378 visits
Ahead of the COP21 to be held in December 2015, Energy Cities' members commit to sharing their knowledge, expertise and vision with cities around the globe.
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Friday 22 May 2015

In North America, Vancouver aims to become the first green city by 2020!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 292 visits
There is a kind of competition between very big cities... As Copenhagen announced its ambition to run on 100 % renewable energy by 2025, Mayor of Vancouver Gregor Robertson wants the city to reach its target as soon as possible.
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Tuesday 19 May 2015

Setting the scene: The European Parliament’s debate on energy security

At the end of 2014, the European Parliament published a report on the European Energy Security Strategy focusing on diversifying import routes for fossil fuels. It however seemed to miss out the importance of reducing energy demand and accelerating the deployment of local renewable energy sources. Instead it focuses on unconventional hydrocarbon and nuclear energy. The report was adopted by the ITRE committee (in charge of energy issues in the European Parliament) on 11 May. Fortunately it was significantly amended in a more positive direction.
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Monday 18 May 2015

Secretary General of CEDEC Gert de Block wishes Energy Cities "a long life"
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 399 visits
To a long life for Energy Cities, to a successful cooperation on energy transition!
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Wednesday 13 May 2015

Resilient cities #2: Bristol, Toronto and El Hierro aim for self sufficiency
By Floriane Bernardot | 397 visits
According to the World Health Organisation, "resilient and empowered communities respond proactively to new or adverse situa- tions, prepare for economic, social and environmental change and cope better with crisis and hardship." At a time when "crisis" and "hardship" have probably become the most frequently used words in our daily news, community resilience seems to be the bright light at the end of the tunnel.
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