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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Cities heading towards 100% renewable energy
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 352 visits
CLER, Energy Cities and Réseau Action Climat collaborated to prepare this publication. The aim is to provide guidance and solutions to French cities and metropolitan areas anxious to embark on a 100% renewable energy path. This report is based on the knowledge and experience of the authors’ networks, as well as on around 30 interviews of councillors and city employees from about fifteen French local governments.
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Wednesday 30 November 2016

Democracy, Decentralisation, Divestment: ’3D screening’ of the EU Energy Package
By Alix Bolle | 266 visits
How “3D compatible” is the newly released, 1200-page strong “clean energy for all Europeans” package released today by the European Commission? How much does it contribute to a system shift towards more prosperity, legitimacy and leadership on sustainable energy? In other words: how is legitimacy secured by Democratizing the energy system, empowering citizens and communities? How is prosperity brought about, by Divesting funding streams from fossil fuels and reDirecting them to activities creating local added value? How is true leadership – as the EU remains intent on being #1 on renewables - guaranteed by putting the right players in control and Decentralising not only the production but also the competences?
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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Covenant of Mayors: Transforming Cities into key EU Climate and Energy Actors
By David Donnerer | 214 visits
According to the new study "The Role of Cities in Climate and Energy Policies: The Case of the Covenant of Mayors" by David Donnerer from Aarhus University, the Covenant of Mayors has empowered cities in their climate and energy policy-making capacities and their multi-level governance relations to become key EU climate and energy actors.
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jeudi 24 novembre 2016

The low-carbon future starts in buildings : Display® Campaign presented at COP 22
By Ian Turner | 194 visits
While last week’s COP22 highlighted the need for stronger North-South cooperation, Energy Cities presented in Marrakech the ADEME-supported Display® Campaign to cities within the Maghreb. During this side event titled ‘Display®, let your buildings talk’ Ian Turner provided a background of the Display® campaign and the success that it has achieved in Europe over the last decade. He explained how hundreds of cities across Europe have been able to interact with public buildings users’ to sensitise and communicate the importance of energy efficiency and water conservation in public buildings.
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Monday 21 November 2016

Carbon credits: think local !
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 169 visits
One of the possible financial incentives to foster low-carbon economies is pricing carbon and regulating its quantity through a carbon emissions trading system (ETS). In the European Union, the current system launched in 2005 has generated revenues, but much less than expected for several reasons: the carbon price is hovering around a very low €5/t, and too many permits to pollute have been given away to high-carbon industries.
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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Guest Article - "Energising the Sustainable Economy", by Andrea Crump (London Borough of Sutton)

As populations continue to rise and public purse strings tighten, local authorities are having to balance ever-increasing demands on services with fewer and fewer resources – all of which places significant pressure on our environment.
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Monday 14 November 2016

Covenant of Mayors: A high-level ceremony to launch the 2nd phase of the initiative in the Eastern Partnership countries
By Floriane Cappelletti | 370 visits
On 26-27 October, more than 350 representatives of central, regional and local authorities gathered in Yerevan, Armenia, to launch new EU initiatives in support to local sustainable development and economic growth in the Eastern Partnership countries.
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Thursday 10 November 2016

Blockchain and energy: a paradigm shift ?
By Olivier Lagarde | 556 visits
On 26 October, the conference office on studies of Tecsol "Photovoltaic self-consumption and Blockchain" was held in Paris. At this symposium, the Tecsol design office engineers unveiled the mysteries of self-consumption and the use of blockchain for the service distribution network. This article will provide you with an insight into the Blockchain concept and its applications in the energy field.
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Wednesday 9 November 2016

People powered cities: from the UN climate talks to energy democracy

Developing real solutions to climate and energy challenges will require imagination, determination and inspiration. Inspiration may come from the many cities, communities and even countries that are working hard to make the energy sector democratic, equitable and based on renewable sources.
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Friday 28 October 2016

#DIVEST - 3 steps to create your fossil-fuel free investment portfolio
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 289 visits
A large part of our financial system is currently nourishing unsustainable production and consumption patterns, intensive in carbon and natural resources. Making radical changes by redirecting money flows, that is the aim of the fossil fuel divestment campaign. It is gaining traction all across the world. The international 350.org platform already counts more than 1,000 local divestment initiatives, including several Energy Cities members like La Rochelle in France or Christchurch in New Zealand.
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jeudi 27 octobre 2016

First Net Zero Energy Buildings in Hadera (Israel), an example to follow
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 330 visits
Hadera, our first member in Israel, is known in its country as an energy city because it hosts critical energy infrastructures such as two national power stations and the world's biggest desalination plant. But recently, Mayor of Hadera Tzvika Gendelman decided to build an innovative type of building : the "KAYMA" kindergarten is the first Net Zero Building (NZEB) in Israel.
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Tuesday 11 October 2016

The Brussels Green Loan: another incentive encouraging Brussels citizens to energy retrofit their homes
By Jana Cicmanova | 821 visits
Buildings are responsible for 72% of the energy consumed in the area of Brussels-Capital Region. Since 2004, the region has launched a number of incentives, encouraging homeowners to improve energy performance of their dwellings. After an ‘energy grant’ and a ‘renovation grant’, the region has recently launched a revamped Brussels Green Loan.
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Wednesday 5 October 2016

Porto: Fighting energy poverty through deep renovation of buildings
By Floriane Cappelletti | 531 visits
The deep renovation of the neighbourhood of Rainha Dona Leonor resulted in a significant reduction of energy consumption, an increased production of renewable energy, reduction of CO2 emissions and an increased quality of life for local residents.
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Wednesday 28 September 2016

In Barcelona, trees temper the Mediterranean city climate
By Floriane Cappelletti | 338 visits
As a Mediterranean coastal city, Barcelona is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Its high population density also magnifies the local heat island effect which causes an array of health and environmental challenges.
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Friday 23 September 2016

progRESsHEAT webinars: Learn more on renewables in disctrict heating and cooling!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 543 visits
The progRESsHEAT project assists local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewables in heating and cooling networks.
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Monday 19 September 2016

Pushing forward electro-mobility in Riga
By Floriane Cappelletti | 473 visits
The city of Riga has been promoting electro-mobility since 2010 by purchasing electric cars for municipal services, developing public fast-recharging infrastructure in the city and raising awareness among citizens.
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Monday 19 September 2016

Geneva (CH) says no to fossil energy!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 310 visits
In an official statement, the SIG (Geneva Industrial Services) has pledged that all the electricity they will supply as of January 2017 will be 100% renewable, thus definitely discarding fossil energy in favour of hydro and solar power.
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Thursday 8 September 2016

European Energy Transition Conference - Call for contributions, deadline 20 september 2016 - 5 pm
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 828 visits
The 18th edition of the European Energy Transition Conference, organised by Bordeaux Métropole, the Dunkirk Urban Community and ADEME in close collaboration with Energy Cities, will be held in Bordeaux on 24, 25 and 26 January 2017.
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Thursday 8 September 2016

On the way to energy democracy
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 361 visits
On the road away from Paris, the urge to accelerate the green transition of our energy system is no longer disputed. The technology is ready and the economic case is stronger than ever, with renewable energy becoming more competitive than fossil fuels in numerous regions of the world.
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Tuesday 23 August 2016

A Good summer energy in Bielsko-Biała!
By Blandine Pidoux | 307 visits
The Beskids Festival of Good Energy - 6th edition of a very popular and recreative festival on energy, environmental and climate protection - took place this summer again in our member city of Bielsko-Biała.
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