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Monday 23 January 2017

EU Emission Trading System: European Parliament puts a cap on local investments in "Modernisation Fund"
By David Donnerer | 1094 visits
The EU Emission Trading System (ETS), a key tool of EU climate policy and the world’s largest carbon trading instrument, is currently being reformed for the period of 2021-2030. The European Parliament (EP) will adopt its ETS position on February 15th. According to its report, the Parliament plans to cap the share of local investments in the ETS Modernisation Fund. This funding instrument uses 2% of the ETS pollution permits revenue to support 10 Central and Eastern European Member States in their energy transition. Throughout 2016, Energy Cities had strongly advocated for a removal of this local energy investment barrier.
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mardi 17 janvier 2017

An EU Roadmap 2050 (and other results) from the "Post-carbon cities of tomorrow" project
By Blandine Pidoux | 906 visits
As one of the major results of the POCACITO 7FP project (2014-2016), an EU Roadmap 2050 was published in December 2016 and calls for cities to be better involved in policy making, notably the EU Energy Union strategy and legislative package. It is the result of a two-year consultation process with EU stakeholders in Brussels and from targeted cities.
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Thursday 12 January 2017

#100%RES - Recommendation 1 : Giving long-term planning its rightful place
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1250 visits
Having an ambitious vision of a desirable future and setting a course towards 100% renewable energy encourages and facilitates the engagement of the various local stakeholders and opens up new opportunities. It is important that long-term planning is given its rightful place in municipal action. Obviously, this long-term course must not be used to postpone measures aimed at reducing energy use and developing renewable energy. On the contrary, its purpose is to trigger a paradigm change whilst not losing sight of the desired objective.
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Tuesday 10 January 2017

Energy Cities’ members multiply renewables by 6 in the framework of Covenant of Mayors - study
By David Donnerer | 845 visits
The efforts made by cities to boost local energy production and renewables are essential on the path towards a sustainable energy future. Energy Cities’ members take bold action in that sense, namely in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. According to a recent evaluation of their performance in the initiative, the cities have made substantial progress in upscaling local energy and renewables and are an example to follow in terms of CO2 reduction commitments.
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mardi 13 décembre 2016

Save the date ! Energy Cities’ Annual Conference - 26-28 April 2017
By Blandine Pidoux | 945 visits
Energy Cities invites all energy transitioners to its Annual Conference that will be held in Stuttgart, Germany.
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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Cities heading towards 100% renewable energy
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1840 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 | 1154 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 | 993 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 | 1182 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 | 878 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 | 1414 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 Admin | 1777 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 | 844 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 | 1066 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 | 1628 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 | 1029 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 | 822 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 | 998 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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