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Friday 13 October 2017

Climate and Energy: Shift in national policies well underway
By Claire Roumet | 404 visits
“The grownups have finally won” analyses The Guardian at the announcement of the UK’s new climate strategy. Called the ‘clean growth strategy’ and published on October 12th, it echoes the choices made two days before by the new Dutch government to in essence revolutionize the Dutch energy system.
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mercredi 4 octobre 2017

How to finance your SECAP : Join the PROSPECT EU-wide peer-to-peer learning programme
By Blandine Pidoux | 610 visits
Securing financing for sustainable energy projects remains a great challenge for most EU local authorities. Energy Cities is a partner of the new European H2020 PROSPECT project that aims at boosting cities and regions’ skills and expertise through the development and implementation of an ambitious European-wide peer-to-peer learning programme.
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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Lisbon : City administration and citizens working together to improve life in sensible urban areas
By Floriane Cappelletti | 663 visits
Several years ago, the City of Lisbon launched the BIP/ZIP strategy, aiming to promote social and territorial cohesion, active citizenship, self-organisation and community participation.
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Thursday 21 September 2017

New EU decision lifts key barrier to investing in energy efficiency projects
By David Donnerer | 905 visits
On the 19th of September, the EU statistical service Eurostat published a new guidance note on how to classify Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) in government accounts. This new guidance note, effective immediately, clarifies and makes it easier for public authorities to finance energy efficiency projects of their buildings and infrastructure. The new rules allow for accounting energy efficiency investments off the balance sheets, thereby not contributing to government deficit and debt.
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mercredi 20 septembre 2017

Financing the energy renovation of buildings : when budgets are low, creativity rises !
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 579 visits
While ensuring proper energy renovation of the EU’s building stock is crucial to achieve our energy transition, austerity and cuts in public budgets limit the action of local authorities. So a number of Energy Cities members have been testing 3 innovative financing schemes... and it works !
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Wednesday 20 September 2017

United in Diversity? What Europe can do with its energy policy
By Alix Bolle | 579 visits
By Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan Republished from Euractiv - 13 sept. 2017 As the energy market is being shaken up by the arrival of new local players, one crucial objective should be to guarantee diversity in the governance representation, write Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan, respectively Directors of Energy Cities and REScoop.eu
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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independant citizens’ commission hands over its report to the metropolitan council
By Blandine Pidoux | 642 visits
The results of Nantes’ Great Debate on the energy transition, the only one of its kind in France - and possibly in Europe - by its scope and the diversity of the measures taken, have been presented on September 12th, one year after its launch.
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Monday 18 September 2017

Smarter Together: Munich, when e-vehicles clean the streets!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 606 visits
SMARTER TOGETHER is a joint project that aims to improve citizen’s quality of life in nowadays transforming cities. Three lighthouse cities will implement the main demonstration activities in specific districts, monitor the results and upscale solutions at local level. FOCUS ON MUNICH and its e-vehicles!
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Thursday 14 September 2017

Apply to the European Commission’s international city-to-city cooperation programme!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 692 visits
Cities in the member states of the European Union who wish to exchange with a city facing similar challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply for the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development.
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Wednesday 13 September 2017

Electric car sharing scheme is coming to Christchurch
By Floriane Cappelletti | 600 visits
A reduction in emissions, more efficient use of vehicles and publically available car sharing will be delivered as part of a 100% battery electric car sharing service that will be launched in Christchurch (New Zealand) in November.
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Monday 4 September 2017

Cities need support for clean air measures: Energy Cities President meets German chancellor Merkel
By Miriam Eisermann | 1238 visits
Today, Energy Cities' President and Mayor of Heidelberg, Dr. Eckart Würzner, meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel during the National Municipal Summit. During the event, Germany's Head of State will debate clean air strategies with around 30 Mayors as well as regional and federal ministers and federations of municipal authorities.
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Wednesday 26 July 2017

The commons transition: it’s all about pooling resources
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1108 visits
Interview with Michel Bauwens, President of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives
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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Smart mobility projects as change-makers? Outcomes from workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria
By Francisco Gonçalves | 989 visits
Common problems and joint solutions for smart mobility and citizen engagement were at the focus of a thematic workshop in Sofia in the framework of the Smarter Together project.
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Monday 24 July 2017

Colours and science to raise environmental awareness in Bielsko-Biala!

The Beskids Good Energy Festival took place June 9 in Energy Cities’ Polish member city Bielsko-Biala. It was the 7th edition of a very popular and recreative festival on energy, environmental and climate protection.
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Wednesday 19 July 2017

Stuttgart : towards a carbon neutral city thanks to a local energy ownership
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1108 visits
In 2011, Stuttgart City Council set up the municipal utility Die Stadtwerke Stuttgart (SWS) as a subsidiary of Stuttgarter Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft, in charge of public transport. The remunicipalisation process ended with the take-over of the distribution networks (gas and electricity) in 2014, just 12 years after the privatisation of the former Stadtwerke TWS in 2002.
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Thursday 13 July 2017

Energy Cities President meets Members of European Parliament to discuss role of cities in EU Energy Union governance
By David Donnerer | 1574 visits
On July 6th, on the occasion of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, Energy Cities’ President and Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Eckart Würzner, compared notes with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the role local authorities should play in the governance of the EU Energy Union, a key legislative proposal currently under discussion in the EU institutions.
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Tuesday 11 July 2017

European Energy Transition Conference - CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1037 visits
In 2018, the European energy transition conference will held in the cross-border conurbation of Greater Geneva.
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Friday 7 July 2017

Energy Efficiency Watch: Learn more about the progress of energy efficiency policies in the 28 EU member states
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1270 visits
You are interested in how the EU is going to meet its energy efficiency objectives but you have missed the Energy Efficiency Watch 3 webinars? This article is for you!
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Thursday 29 June 2017

Just a second...what about the just transition for coal communities?
By Miriam Eisermann | 1418 visits , By Oana-Mihaela Mihalache | 1418 visits
The path followed by Europe since the Paris Agreement to go ‘fossil free’ has made coal communities worry about their future. Torn between economic aspirations and climatic necessities, they have been destabilised by these international climate ambitions and Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement. The most recent report by IDDRI examining past coal mining declines in five European countries and the "Indigenous coal in the EU energy transition" report presented by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) last year will feed into the EU Commission’s current work on the issue.
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Friday 23 June 2017

Cities meet Members of European Parliament to discuss contribution to key energy legislations
By Alix Bolle | 1302 visits
Yesterday, in the margins of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, 5 elected city representatives held an exchange of views with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the role local authorities should play in the various energy legislative proposals that have been tabled by the European Commission as part of the Clean Energy Package.
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