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Energy transition

30 Proposals for the Energy Transition of Cities and Towns

As a an output of the IMAGINE initiative, Energy Cities initiated in 2012 a process aimed at making and debating proposals for accelerating the energy transition of European cities and towns. These proposals are based on innovative approaches, new ideas and groundbreaking practices. They provide practical answers and link today’s action to the long-term vision of a low energy city with a high quality of life for all.

The 30 mind‐boggling proposals tackle the following five key areas:

  • Empowering local actors
  • Knowing our territories’ resources and flows
  • Rethinking finance in general
  • Inventing a new local governance
  • Urban planning as a way of reducing energy use

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The concept of low-energy cities with a high quality of life for all

The concept of the low energy city with a high quality of life for all was first introduced in the IMAGINE initiative Memorandum. At Energy Cities, we have adopted this concept to bridge the gap between two worlds that are still too often impervious to one another: Energy and Territories. The logic of the players from these two worlds is very different, to the point of making energy stakeholders ignore territorial issues and territorial policy makers ignore energy. Energy and climate constraints require us to rethink thoroughly our mode of development as well as our urban organisation. Sweeping changes with a far-reaching impact on our lifestyle will be necessary. ‘Weak signals’ are already visible and show the way forward. This article aims to help better understand these logics and identify ideas for progress.

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