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Local examples

"Cities and towns that lead the way"

Energy Cities’ 30 proposals for the energy transition of cities and towns are based on dozens of concrete examples from all Europe. With innovative approaches, new ideas and groundbreaking practices, these towns and cities lead the way of the energy transition. This list is regularly fed with new examples, all of them being a great source of inspiration.

Moreover, you can find all of our members’ actions in favour of sustainable energy, action plans and case studies, in our good practices database.

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Almada, Portugal

The Less Carbon Climate Fund
3.5 Set up financial structures dedicated to the energy transition
The local energy agency: a platform for dialogue
4.1 Create interface capacities between public authorities and the civil society

Almere, the Netherlands

Quietness atop the anthill
5.8 Establish cross departmental links to avoid silo mentality

Antonesti, Republic of Moldova

When farm waste produces energy
3.1 Keep money spent on energy near to home

Barcelona, Spain

A cross-departmental Sustainable Energy Action Plan
4.2 Establish cross departmental links to avoid silo mentality
Barcelona invents a 3-level town planning
5.1 Make planning system drive territory’s energy transition
“Supermanzanas” free up to 92% of public space in Barcelona!
5.6 Design a street code to favour walking and cycling

Barcelona (conurbation), Spain

Barcelona : a waste bio-digestion project for the metropolitan area
2.4 Create and implement a territorial bio-waste action plan

Besançon, France

200 families take action for climate!
4.3 Prove that it works and create a snowball effect
More viable, sustainable and democratic computers!!
2.7 Encourage the development of a more endogenous economy to increase territories’ resilience

Brasov, Romania

Brasov‘s dynamism
4.1 Create interface capacities between public authorities and the civil society

Bremen, Germany

The municipality and the car-sharing operator work hand in hand!
2.6 Make better use and share what already exists instead of always buying more

Breda, the Netherlands

Breda’s station: an economic hub and major cityscape evolution
5.5 Transform railway stations into territorial structuring hubs

Bristol, United Kingdom

Keep money at home: Bristol just does that!
3.6 Channel spending towards local economies by means of a local currency

Brussels, Belgium

The Brussels Green Loan
3.5 Set up financial structures dedicated to the energy transition
Households challenge energy!
4.3 Prove that it works and create a snowball effect
From eco-buildings to sustainable cities
5.2 Prepare an energy retrofitting plan for the whole building stock

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (County), United Kingdom

Mobilising local skills through a European project
3.4 Dedicate human capacities in financial engineering

Copenhagen, Denmark

The Lynetten citizens’ co-operative
3.2 Collect local savings and invest them in sustainable local energy projects
The world’s No. 1 cycling city by 2015
5.6 Design a street code to favour walking and cycling

Delft, the Netherlands

Waste heat to reduce CO2 emissions
2.3 Prepare a local heat plan to match need and available resource

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin stays in control of its energy consumption
1.6 Lead by example by transforming municipal energy management

Durham (County), United Kingdom

Do old people have to choose between heating and eating?
1.5 Eradicate local fuel poverty

Frankfurt, Germany

Funding energy efficiency in low-income households
1.5 Eradicate local fuel poverty
Town planning and energy go hand in hand in Frankfurt
5.1 Make planning system drive territory’s energy transition

Frederikshavn, Denmark

Ambitious country seeks pilot city
1.7 Prepare an Energy Transition Action Plan
Frederikshavn: Denmark’s renewable energy champion!
5.3 Ensure that new neighbourhoods are “100%” renewable

Freiburg-im-Brisgau, Germany

200 families take action for climate!
4.3 Prove that it works and create a snowball effect
An intermodal railway station
5.5 Transform railway stations into territorial structuring hubs
Two places of worship? No, one place and two kinds of worship!
2.6 Make better use and share what already exists instead of always buying more

Ghent, Belgium

A pioneering city of sustainable transport in Belgium
5.4 Plan modal shift to sustainable transport

Geneva (Canton), Switzerland

Studying territorial metabolism as a starting point
2.1 Know the territory’s metabolism so as to optimise local potential and reduce the impact of human activities on the ecosystem
A public-private partnership benefiting the local economy
2.5 Make the best use of energy and material flows by encouraging synergies between players

Grenoble Alpes Métropole (conurbation), France

ALEC is a must in Grenoble
4.1 Create interface capacities between public authorities and the civil society

Güssing, Austria

Europe’s renewable energy champion
3.1 Keep money spent on energy near to home

Hamburg, Germany

The energy revolution has already taken place
5.3 Ensure that new neighbourhoods are “100%” renewable

Hannover, Germany

A pioneer in local financing funds
3.5 Set up financial structures dedicated to the energy transition

Heerlen, the Netherlands

Mine water as a renewable energy source
2.2 Identify local energy potential in order to live within our means

Heidelberg, Germany

Working, living, learning and growing up in one of the world’s largest passive districts
5.3 Ensure that new neighbourhoods are “100%” renewable

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Helsinki, Finland

The heart of Helsinki is now beating under the surface
2.3 Prepare a local heat plan to match need and available resource
Art as a way of visualising energy use
4.6 Make arts and culture part of the energy transition process

Ivanic-Grad, Croatia

The city publicly displays the energy performance of its buildings!
1.6 Lead by example by transforming municipal energy management

Kinsale, Ireland

When students initiate a process …
1.4 Co-create a long-term vision to shape all policies

Kirklees, United Kingdom

Free insulation measures for all!
1.5 Eradicate local fuel poverty

Koprivnica, Croatia

The bicycle miracle!
5.4 Plan modal shift to sustainable transport

Kotka, Finland

Kotka Korkeakoski waste-to-energy power plant
2.5 Make the best use of energy and material flows by encouraging synergies between players

Kristianstad, Sweden

The small Swedish town accumulates prizes!
1.7 Prepare an Energy Transition Action Plan

La Rochelle (conurbation), France

Such a good idea
5.7 Implement goods delivery schemes

Leicester, United Kingdom

What’s your Plan?
1.2 Unite all stakeholders in a local energy alliance

Lemvig, Denmark

Lemvig Biogas plant: everything goes into it!
2.4 Create and implement a territorial bio-waste action plan

Litoměřice, Czech Republic

Clean air and energy independence
2.2 Identify local energy potential in order to live within our means

Londres, United Kingdom

Collective public transport games
4.6 Make arts and culture part of the energy transition process
London to retrofit 400 public buildings
5.2 Prepare an energy retrofitting plan for the whole building stock
London’s cycling revolution
5.6 Design a street code to favour walking and cycling

Lons-le-Saunier, France

From hayfork to fork
2.5 Make the best use of energy and material flows by encouraging synergies between players

Lviv, Ukraine

“Display. Communicate. Improve"
1.6 Lead by example by transforming municipal energy management

Lyon ("Greater Lyon" conurbation ), France

Cross-cutting working groups for energy
4.2 Establish cross departmental links to avoid silo mentality
Living in the heart of the city... on foot!
5.8 Establish cross departmental links to avoid silo mentality

Malmö, Sweden

One tramway, three cities and eight financial experts
3.4 Dedicate human capacities in financial engineering
The port area is riding high!
5.3 Ensure that new neighbourhoods are “100%” renewable
“Becoming a model of international cooperation”
4.7 Use town twinning as a springboard for energy transition

Metz, France

A more humanist vision of the city
5.8 Establish cross departmental links to avoid silo mentality

Montdidier, France

A small town with big ambitions for its energy future
1.1 Take local control of energy supply

Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération (conurbation), France

No Climate Plan budget but a Climate Plan for the budget!
4.2 Establish cross departmental links to avoid silo mentality

Munich, Germany

Involving local actors: together around a single objective
1.2 Unite all stakeholders in a local energy alliance
Keeping the city compact
5.1 Make planning system drive territory’s energy transition
Second Life City!
2.7 Encourage the development of a more endogenous economy to increase territories’ resilience

Neuchâtel (Canton), Switzerland

The law says so in Neuchâtel!
1.3 Ensure public budgets integrate positive and negative energy externalities

Odense, Denmark

Craftsmen as energy ambassadors
4.1 Create interface capacities between public authorities and the civil society
The Danish cycling city
5.4 Plan modal shift to sustainable transport

Örebro, Sweden

A tax to raise a mutual fund
3.1 Keep money spent on energy near to home

Pamplona, Spain

Demonstrating citizens’ engagement
4.4 Give public visibility to motivated players and citizens

Paris, France

Paris’ hidden treasures...
2.2 Identify local energy potential in order to live within our means
A large-scale urban revolution
2.6 Make better use and share what already exists instead of always buying more

Rennes Métropole (conurbation), France

“I change – so everything changes!”
4.4 Give public visibility to motivated players and citizens

Rome, Italy

All to the organic canteen!
2.7 Encourage the development of a more endogenous economy to increase territories’ resilience

Samsø, Denmark

An island paradise!
3.1 Keep money spent on energy near to home

San Sebastián-Donostia, Spain

We deliver by bicycle!
5.7 Implement goods delivery schemes

Schönau, Germany

Citizens take control of energy production
1.7 Prepare an Energy Transition Action Plan

Strasbourg, France

♪ ♫ I’m walking on sunshine ♫ ♪
5.6 Design a street code to favour walking and cycling

Sutton (London District), United Kingdom

One planet living in Sutton!
1.4 Co-create a long-term vision to shape all policies
Sutton cultivates its territorial metabolism
2.1 Know the territory’s metabolism so as to optimise local potential and reduce the impact of human activities on the ecosystem

Tangshan, China

“Becoming a model of international cooperation”
4.7 Use town twinning as a springboard for energy transition

Totnes, United Kingdom

Pay attention: town in transition!
1.2 Unite all stakeholders in a local energy alliance

Tübingen, Germany

Citizens build their own neighbourhood in Tübingen!
4.5 Raise opportunities for experimenting new practices to encourage their dissemination

Utrecht, the Netherlands

The fight against fuel poverty creates jobs!
1.5 Eradicate local fuel poverty
The double challenge facing cities with an historic city centre
5.2 Prepare an energy retrofitting plan for the whole building stocki
The railway station of the future
5.5 Transform railway stations into territorial structuring hubs
Smart goods transport
5.7 Implement goods delivery schemes

Växjö, Sweden

"100% Fossil Fuel Free!"
1.1 Take local control of energy supply
Even the budget is green…
1.3 Ensure public budgets integrate positive and negative energy externalities
Växjö Reuse Village: a centre for re-use and circular economy
2.7 Encourage the development of a more endogenous economy to increase territories’ resilience

Vienna, Austria

Repair and reuse to create jobs!
2.7 Encourage the development of a more endogenous economy to increase territories’ resilience

Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

The ELENA programme gives new impetus to Vila Nova de Gaia’s ambitions!
3.4 Dedicate human capacities in financial engineering

Zoetermeer, the Netherlands

A local strategy for an energy self-sufficient built environment
5.2 Prepare an energy retrofitting plan for the whole building stock

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The Swiss cities

Pioneers and leaders
2.6 Make better use and share what already exists instead of always buying more

Cities in federal and Nordic countries

Local solutions for local problems!
1.1 Take local control of energy supply

The baseline emission inventory of Sustainable Energy Action Plans

The foundation for a territorial energy policy
2.1 Know the territory’s metabolism so as to optimise local potential and reduce the impact of human activities on the ecosystem

Danish cities

Danish cities use renewable heat
2.3 Prepare a local heat plan to match need and available resource

“Club d’Écologie Industrielle de l’Aube” (Aube’s Industrial Ecology Club), France

A road built with sugar production materials
2.5 Make the best use of energy and material flows by encouraging synergies between players

Energyshare fund, United Kingdom

Citizens vote to get their favourite project funded!
3.2 Collect local savings and invest them in sustainable local energy projects

REScoop

The European Co-operative Network
3.5 Set up financial structures dedicated to the energy transition

“Green Deal” initiative, United-Kingdom

A “Green Deal” to boost energy efficiency
3.5 Set up financial structures dedicated to the energy transition

The Transition towns movement

Change-makers at work!
4.5 Raise opportunities for experimenting new practices to encourage their dissemination
Transition Towns
1.8 Be part of regional, national and European networks to gain exposure to others’ experience

The “Territoires Durables” network in the Centre Region, France

1.8 Be part of regional, national and European networks to gain exposure to others’ experience

The Polish Network “Energie Cités” (PNEC)

1.8 Be part of regional, national and European networks to gain exposure to others’ experience

Oraşe Energie România

1.8 Be part of regional, national and European networks to gain exposure to others’ experience

Energy Cities

1.8 Be part of regional, national and European networks to gain exposure to others’ experience

30 Energy Cities’ proposals for the energy transition of cities and towns

Whith the support of Covenant of Mayors Imagine Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de lâ€â„¢Homme Conseil Régional de Franche-Comté Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie
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1. Empowering local players
2. Knowing our territories' resources and flows
3. Rethink financing solutions
4. Inventing new local governance
5. Urban planning as a way of reducing energy use
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