Blandine Pidoux

Information Manager

128 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


Litoměřice, the next Czech post-carbon city

Our member city of Litoměřice (CZ) hosted two workshops on visioning and backcasting in November and December 2014. In total, these workshops are conducted in 8 European case study cities throughout the duration of the European 7FP project (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 23 mars 2015 | 17h41 | 170 visits


Liège, partner city of the new Smart City Institute

This new academic institute aims at stimulating research, teaching, innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of the “smart city”. From its beginning, a real national and international perspective will be given to the activities led by the (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 13 février 2015 | 14h45 | 477 visits


2015, a very special year for Energy Cities...

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By Blandine Pidoux, on 7 janvier 2015 | 11h10 | 369 visits


Plans Climat Energie and Klimaschutzkonzept : a much awaited comparative analysis

A Franco-German local energy transition cooperation project called TANDEM, launched in April, provides local authorities from both countries with a unique opportunity to share information and develop climate protection cooperation. The (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 21 November 2014 | 11h52 | 374 visits


Cyprus to install 20,000 e-vehicle recharging points by 2020

The Electric Authority of Cyprus (EAC) has launched a new e-charge service for electric vehicles and a network of 15 charging stations, enabling owners of electric vehicles to charge their cars at any charging station and pay for charging on (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 27 octobre 2014 | 11h28 | 337 visits


The CoR urges the EU to opt for a more ambitious 2030 climate-energy package

The CoR asks for an ambitious 2030 framework where local and regional authorities play a fundamental role and calls on the EU to go further in its objectives : a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels (as opposed to a (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 13 octobre 2014 | 16h28 | 404 visits


Romanian cities receive funding to speed up mobility plans development

The city of Braşov in Romania has announced this summer the developement of its future Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) to be launched in July 2015. Announcing the news at a press conference in August, Braşov mayor George Scripcaru said (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 23 septembre 2014 | 15h14 | 472 visits


Linda loves her car and hates the bus... but she is ready for a change!

Today, the City of Rennes and Rennes Metropole launch Mobil’Acteurs, a mobility challenge to a group of volunteer citizen who engage to leave their car in their garage and explore new sustainable ways of moving in the city. For two weeeks, these (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 16 septembre 2014 | 17h51 | 795 visits


Insight into successful low-carbon strategies

Energy Cities INFO, n°42 - spring 2014 Interview with Benjamin R. Barber : “A global parliament of mayors as a key” p.3 Financing local energy projects p.12 Understanding better the circular economy (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 16 April 2014 | 23h10 | 554 visits


Annual Rendezvous 2014 is shifted from Riga to Brussels

Local leaders for sustainable energy: bridging people, ideas and regions Because the energy transition is being written locally, cities have to do more and do it better in an increasingly constrained economic environment with increasing (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 8 April 2014 | 16h47 | 655 visits


Walkable Greater Lyon : a fine step forward!

’Greater Lyon’ recognises that "walking is a universal mode, at the heart of the mobility means of every big European cities’. It is the sustainable mode of transport by excellence : accessible to all (or almost), free, without energy consumption (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 13 mars 2014 | 14h12 | 381 visits


Malmö develops green jobs

To make this initiative a success, the city set up a range of measures such as : the creation of a project community, including all stakeholders : businesses, trade unions, citizens and NGOs the systematic use of local renewable energies the (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 6 mars 2014 | 17h04 | 542 visits


5 good reasons to come to Energy Cities’ Riga 2014 Conference

REASON #1: Meet inspiring top-class speakers during a number of political sessions Dr Benjamin R. Barber, author of the book “If mayors ruled the world” Mayors of Riga, Heidelberg, Zagreb, Brussels, Munich, Växjö, Milton Keynes and many others (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 4 March 2014 | 13h41 | 468 visits


Post-carbon cities in Europe: a long-term outlook

This outlook serves to assess the long-term trends and tensions in EU cities which may have a relevant impact on urban development and to explore innovative approaches for achieving sustainable post-carbon cities in the EU. The kick-off (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 24 February 2014 | 15h33 | 1025 visits


Public authorities: Your opportunities in the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Call

Deadline for applications: 5 June 2014 (17:00 Brussels local time) Opportunities for the public sector in delivering energy efficiency through ICT Within Horizon2020, the cross-sectorial nature of ICT solutions is fully recognised. ICT has a (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 21 February 2014 | 14h38 | 1059 visits


Environmental and energy State aid draft Guidelines compromising energy transition in cities and towns

Isn’t Energy a too important issue to be considered only under the ‘competition’ prism? Energy Cities welcomes the European Commission consultation on the Guidelines for environmental and energy aid, since we understand that public support schemes (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 17 February 2014 | 12h35 | 508 visits


Riga 2014 : create your own session at Energy Cities’ Conference !

Riga’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to one of the largest collections of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. The city’s architecture, music and art will be celebrated in hundreds of special events throughout the year with Energy (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 11 February 2014 | 14h42 | 509 visits


Urban community of Brest receives national award for its renovation actions

On 13 December 2013, the urban community of Brest Métropole Océane -member of Energy Cities since 2010- was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for local energy retrofitting initiatives by French Minister for Housing and Equality of territorities Cécile (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 3 February 2014 | 11h49 | 286 visits


Shining examples of nearly zero energy buildings

As of today, the project has reached out to 1500+ people with more than 400 visitors to the 20 study tours organized at the 15 different innovative buildings within the seven partner countries involved in the initiative. In addition, more than (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 30 janvier 2014 | 09h55 | 446 visits


2030 Framework: Who will reclaim Europe’s competitiveness and climate leadership?

However, the energy and climate targets proposed by the European Commission in its just released unambitious 2030 framework proposal [1] are not underpinned by the relevant instruments that would make their implementation realistic. This (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 22 January 2014 | 17h08 | 345 visits


Frankfurt to renew its energy !

Entitled "Wir erneuern Frankfurt’s Energie !" (We renew Frankfurt’s energy !), this local initiative also takes place in 18 other German cities in the framework and with the funding support (up to 80%) of the German Federal Climate Protection (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 31 juillet 2013 | 09h50 | 455 visits


Urban farming: growing vegetables and jobs

A study from the Brussels’ Institute for Environment Management carried out in June 2012, entitled “Système d’alimentation durable”- Sustainable Food System, listed the potentially arable surface areas available in the city of Brussels for market (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 24 juillet 2013 | 17h50 | 426 visits


Thumbs up for Energy Neighbourhoods in France and elsewhere!

This year’s edition of the competition was a premiere for the urban agglomeration of Sénart, which participated with 41 families out of the total of 4 850 households that had been mobilized across the whole of France. Between November and April, (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 22 juillet 2013 | 16h26 | 185 visits


Bistriţa citizens reduce their carbon footprint by 7% !

ENGAGE, a participative communications campaign, has been launched in Bistriţa on the 31st of March 2012 on the occasion of "Earth Hour 2012" and developed during 14 months. From the 3rd to the 7th of June 2013, Bistriţa Municipality organised a (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 18 juillet 2013 | 14h13 | 261 visits


Covenant Ceremony 2013: best of video

President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso welcomed the 600 participants of the Covenant of Mayors ceremony and praised "the leading role of cities and regions in turning the climate policy agenda into concrete actions". He (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 4 July 2013 | 15h23 | 148 visits


Circular economy in the service of energy transition

The huge material flows entering, leaving and crossing cities include building materials, raw materials, food products, manufactured goods, solid, liquid and organic waste, fuels, etc. But we have very little knowledge of these flows and many (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 26 June 2013 | 16h57 | 906 visits


2013 Covenant Ceremony: Opportunity to attend virtually

Attendees not able to travel to Brussels will thus have the opportunity to follow the entire event, speeches, signature ceremony and other highlights which will be broadcast online. As a reminder, this year’s ceremony will show the impact of the (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 24 June 2013 | 10h15 | 363 visits


Botanical Garden and Conservatory: now a 100% renewable site!

CJB covers 28 hectares on the banks of Lake Geneva. This leisure and walking area for visitors is also a place of high botanical interest. But this idyllic place ranked 4th in the list of energy-intensive municipal property with an average (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 17 June 2013 | 11h38 | 851 visits


Change-makers at work!

The City examined all the “Baugruppen’s” applications in accordance with such criteria as social diversity, quality of life and sustainable development. For example, some groups committed to limiting the energy use in dwellings to 30% below the (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 11 juin 2013 | 14h28 | 321 visits


A crucial need for financial engineering

The local authority’s financial directorate is responsible for managing the budget voted by the Council. It has the power to say “yes” or “no” to other departments’ projects but is not always well informed about the solutions provided by financial (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 28 May 2013 | 14h30 | 330 visits


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