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Friday 22 May 2015

In North America, Vancouver aims to become the first green city by 2020!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 130 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
By Thomas Garabetian | 251 visits
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 | 182 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 | 241 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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Monday 11 May 2015

Resilient cities #1: Developing new forms of governance
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 177 visits
Fostering resilience is a community matter. French journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin states: “On the ground, those projects that are performing the best are led by motivated citizens and supported by municipalities that listen to them”.
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Wednesday 6 May 2015

When waste isn’t waste: How a city can regenerate its resources
By Floriane Bernardot | 307 visits
Excerpt from Energy Cities INFO #43
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Monday 4 May 2015

Energy Cities’ Photo Contest: And the winners of urban art pieces are...
By Floriane Bernardot | 302 visits
On the occasion of its 25th Anniversary, Energy Cities launched a Photo Contest that was open to all members of the network.
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jeudi 30 avril 2015

A warm welcome to our new member cities and Board of Directors !
By Floriane Bernardot | 409 visits
Since the latest General Assembly, Energy Cities is proud to have welcomed 18 new members from 10 different countries.
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mardi 28 avril 2015

Lausanne explores the geothermal option for its 2000-watt eco-disctrict
By Blandine Pidoux | 280 visits
As one of the main axes of Lausanne's large urban-planning project called Métamorphose, the Plaines-du-Loup eco-district, the construction of which is due to start in 2017 on a 34-hectare area, will have to comply with the requirements set in the energy concept "2000-watt society". The eco-district will have to guarantee a low energy consumption and to give priority to renewable energy sources.
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Monday 27 April 2015

"Happy Birthday Energy Cities!" - Stefan Scheuer, Coalition for Energy Savings
By Frédéric Boyer | 342 visits
Energy Cities is bringing fresh wind to the energy transition since 25 years
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mardi 21 avril 2015

Aberdeen Conference - It’s now or never !
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 413 visits
Only 2 days to go ! Focus on three special sessions
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Wednesday 15 April 2015

Juncker Plan: European Parliament decides to support local energy efficiency projects!
By Thomas Garabetian | 589 visits
This was a great week for energy efficiency in the European Parliament. The ITRE committee (Industry, Research and Energy) voted the ring-fencing of EUR 5 billion (among the EUR 21 billion of EU guarantees) in the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) to fund energy efficiency projects.
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jeudi 9 avril 2015

LIFE+ for the Energy and Climate Plan of Essonne County (France)
By Blandine Pidoux | 319 visits
The French Essonne County, Energy Cities member since 2006, has just published an inspiring summary of the results achieved during its participation in the LIFE+ CLIMATE project.
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Wednesday 8 April 2015

France-Germany: The energy transition to boost EU’s economy
By Floriane Bernardot | 394 visits
Could the Franco-German couple push the Juncker Plan to support investment in energy efficiency and renewables? This is what the French and German Ministers for Economic Affairs asked in a joint declaration on economic integration on 31 March.
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Tuesday 7 April 2015

Paul Voss and Euroheat & Power wish a happy birthday to Energy Cities!
By Frédéric Boyer | 414 visits
http://www.energy-cities.eu/-25-years-of-Energy-Cities-
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Friday 3 April 2015

Energy Cities’ photo contest - Vote for your favourite picture!
By Floriane Bernardot | 508 visits
On the occasion of its 25th Anniversary, Energy Cities has launched a photo contest open to all members of the network.
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Wednesday 1 April 2015

Breaking news: #COP21 cancelled as cities have put the world back on track
By Floriane Bernardot | 866 visits
At an emergency press conference organised this morning, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the amazing news: local authorities have won the fight against climate change.
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mardi 31 mars 2015

Aberdeen Conference : Share, learn, network ! #mayors2015
By Floriane Bernardot | 397 visits
This year, Energy Cities' International Conference will be held in a city of which the economy has long been relying on the oil industry and which has now engaged in the energy transition. What a challenge !
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Thursday 26 March 2015

European capitals and big cities commit to joint public procurement #COP21
By Floriane Bernardot | 370 visits
This Thursday, 26 March, about thirty mayors from European capitals and big cities gathered in Paris, which is to host the COP21 in December. Amongst the participating cities were some members of Energy Cities and Covenant of Mayors signatories.
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Wednesday 25 March 2015

Växjö urges Swedish Government to become the world’s first fossil-fuel free nation
By Miriam Eisermann | 787 visits
While the EU's position on a goal for the Paris Climate Talks in December is still up for discussion, the Swedish city of Växjö is pushing for more: today, Mayor Bo Frank has issued a declaration urging the Swedish Government and European local authorities to follow in Växjö's footsteps and take meaningful action for going fossil fuel-free.
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