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Thursday 23 May 2019

EU Parliament elections – most important ever?
By Adrian Hiel | 142 visits
The European Parliamentary elections at the end of this month may be the most important ever. It’s not that the Parliament has gained any extraordinary new powers – it is because we live in extraordinary times.
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Wednesday 15 May 2019

Policy brief: Ecological transition = changes (everyday life + approach)
By Claire Roumet | 253 visits
Yes, this equation seems strange – maybe even a little absurd. It’s a summary – a very condensed one – of the response given by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, to more than two months of intense debate by citizens on four themes, including the ecological transition.
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Monday 13 May 2019

Time to redefine multilevel governance! Join the Mayors Session at ICCA!
By Tatjana Veith | 247 visits
We know the energy transition is underway but it is not rapid enough. Academics, civil society actors and policymakers all agree that the transition needs to further accelerate to meet the Paris Agreement. Society and governments need to act now and this involves an active citizenship.
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Thursday 9 May 2019

EU-US cooperation: Unconventional energy stories from four “allied cities”
By Alix Bolle | 352 visits
“Energy Allies” is the name of a two-year EU-funded project that supports transatlantic experience sharing between EU and US cities. In Europe, the French city of Nantes, former European Green Capital, and the German town of Heidelberg, presiding Energy Cities, exchanged ideas, challenges and expertise with the American cities of Cambridge in Massachusetts and Charlotte in North Carolina.
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Tuesday 7 May 2019

Unprecedented show of ambition from Mayors across Europe on a shared energy transition
By Adrian Hiel | 682 visits
More than 50 Energy Cities members have signed a joint letter to EU leaders for far greater ambition in cutting carbon emissions. The letter calls for a peak in emissions by next year, more than halving emissions by 2030 and a net zero EU by 2050.
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Monday 6 May 2019

New publication out: Investment needs for the local energy transition
By David Donnerer | 593 visits
The locally-driven energy transition is essential to achieve the Paris Agreement’s objectives by 2050. This report is showcasing five examples of European cities, that are frontrunners in the local energy transition and which have put a number on their investment needs by 2050, in order to succeed in their transition and undertake ambitious, Paris-proof energy and climate action.
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Thursday 25 April 2019

HOTMAPS: a free online software to transform your city’s energy future!
By Sara Giovannini | 616 visits
Currently, Europe is using around half on its energy consumption for heating and cooling (H&C). The sector relies mostly on fossil fuels and it is responsible for about 27% of CO2 emissions. To decarbonise Europe’ energy system, our approach to heating and cooling needs to change!
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Wednesday 17 April 2019

Innovating financing : 5 handbooks to help cities improve energy performance
By Béatrice Karas | 830 visits
The PROSPECT H2020 learning programme enables peer-to-peer learning in regional and local authorities in order to finance and implement their sustainable energy and climate action plans. The programme builds upon successful financing schemes implemented in cities and regions in the European Union.
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Monday 15 April 2019

Policy brief: "Duty of care"
By Claire Roumet | 796 visits
By Claire Roumet
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Friday 12 April 2019

Remunicipalisation: yes you can!
By Sara Giovannini | 926 visits
Inspired by remunicipalisation initiatives all over Europe, an increasing number of local authorities are expanding their role, not just by acting as planners but by operating their own companies and driving the local energy transition. Why is this trend happening? And how can a city set up its own company to supply electricity, gas, heating and cooling? The participants at our remunicipalisation workshop in Ettlingen (Germany) tried to answer these questions.
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Friday 5 April 2019

Do you want to divest from fossil fuels ? This publication will help you!
By Béatrice Karas | 722 visits
The guidebook contains a collection of case studies, best practices and tools that can help local governments align their spending and investments with the Paris Agreement objective of limiting global warming well below 2°C, by fully integrating energy and climate issues into their budgetary and financial planning.
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Thursday 4 April 2019

Frankfurt: A web platform to support citizens in condominium energy renovation throughout Germany
By Floriane Cappelletti | 697 visits
The German city of Frankfurt am Main recently launched an online platform for the renovation of condominiums as part of the Interreg-NWE ACE-Retrofitting project.
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lundi 1er avril 2019

Come and join your peers in Heidelberg at our Annual Conference 2019 !
By Tatjana Veith | 746 visits
Upon invitation of the Mayor of Heidelberg and our president, Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Energy Cities’ annual conference will take place in Heidelberg from 22 to 23 May 2019, as an integral part of the International Conference on Climate Action ICCA 2019.
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Monday 1 April 2019

Greta Thunberg appointed environmental spokesperson for the Trump administration
By Raphaël Chatelet | 870 visits
Stroke of genius? Or a change of scene in the politico-ecological sphere?
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Friday 29 March 2019

Do bankers wear capes? 3 ways the EIB can help save Europe
By David Donnerer | 647 visits
Avoiding catastrophic climate change demands three things: technology, political will and financing. We have the technology, we're working on the political will (Hi Germany!) and that just leaves the money. Crucially, it's not just about where we invest - but also, where we choose NOT to invest. So as the EIB launches a public consultation on their spending priorities, here are three ways they can make themselves the heroes we need to tackle climate change in Europe.
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Tuesday 26 March 2019

The cities of Krizevci (HR), Vienna (AT) and Valencia (ES) join the Energy Cities’ network!
By Sara Giovannini | 639 visits
The Energy Cities community has recently welcomed some new members. We are very happy and proud to have Krizevci, Vienna and Valencia among us! These 3 European cities will enjoy the exchange of experience and opportunities Energy Cities provides, but they also have a lot of knowledge to offer when it comes to energy and climate actions!
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Monday 25 March 2019

What’s new for HeatNet pilot sites?
By Julien Joubert | 527 visits
On 14th and 15th March HeatNet NWE partners met in Plymouth, UK. What an opportunity to give you an overview of the progress of the pilot projects!
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jeudi 21 mars 2019

Spain is reforming its Energy and Climate Policy. A ray of hope ?
By Miriam Eisermann | 530 visits
It’s been eight months that a new government in Spain is positioning the country to become one of Europe’s renewable energy leaders. Since then, former environmental activist Teresa Ribera in charge of the newly created Ministry for Ecological Transition has made strong moves. Fernando Ferrando from the Spanish NGO Fundacion Renovables gives an insight into the most recent legislative pieces that could bring change to the Spanish energy system. He suggests that the national plans are good, but not yet good enough.
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Tuesday 19 March 2019

Germany creates a climate cabinet
By Tatjana Veith | 433 visits
Is climate now a top political priority or is the government coalition prioritising its internal climate?
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Monday 18 March 2019

Grenoble, a laboratory for citizen participation
By Béatrice Karas | 486 visits
Since 2014, the mayor of Grenoble and his team have been working on transforming the city into a true “transition city”, in the most democratic way possible. Grenoble works as an urban laboratory and is implementing a slew of initiatives related to democratic transition.
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