The Franche Comté Region, a member of Energy Cities since 2006, is considered a pionneer as regards sustainable buildings in France. In its area, buildings account for 43% of the overall energy consumption and 20% of GHG emissions (1).
The Working Group III contribution provides a comprehensive assessment of all relevant options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as activities that remove them from the atmosphere. (...)
On the occasion of a Friends of Europe debate "On the road to Paris 2015: Towards a new global climate deal" on 4 April 2014, Ban Ki-Moon expressed his concern about the EU struggling to reach an agreement on the energy & climate policy (...)
On 31 March, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report stating that even though climate change effects are already occurring all over the Earth, there are opportunities to respond to such risks.
The report Climate (...)
Dr Benjamin R. Barber, author of the book “If mayors ruled the world”, proposes to give more power to cities - and in particular to their political leaders - in order to remediate to failing nations.
Barber argues that if mayors ruled the world, (...)
5,500 cities & towns representing 180 million inhabitants is not a thing one can ignore.
The Covenant of Mayors, with its unique governance model combining bottom-up and top-down approaches, should be fully taken into account by the (...)
On 17 and 18 February 2014, the European Commission opened the debate on a future EU Urban Agenda, by launching a public consultation on the occasion of the Cities of Tomorrow conference.
Energy Cities very much welcomes the Commission’s (...)
Including all the dimensions to be taken into account when considering taking action, this puzzle allows for collective thinking in order to make a project as sustainable as possible.
This sustainability puzzle was presented and tested during (...)
This Call is open to local authorities from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
Main objective of the Call is to enable the implementation of sustainable energy actions leading to increased levels of (...)
Energy Cities is closely following the debate on the Energy & Climate Policy Framework for 2030. Disappointed by the lack of ambition of the European Commission’s proposal, we then very much welcomed the European Parliament’s resolution, much (...)
This challenge, organised by the Association for Promoting Renewable Energies (APERe) aims to valorise and encourage local energy policies. This year, 32 Wallon municipalities participated in the championship.
Divided into 3 categories (...)
The Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution on a ’2030 framework for climate and energy policies’, acknowleding the Commission’s communication ‘A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030’* and (...)
The Coalition for Energy Savings, represented by its Secretary General Stefan Scheuer, the Heat Coalition, represented by Paul Voss from Euro-Heat & Power, and the Renovate Europe Campaign, represented by Caroline Simpson from EuroACE, had a (...)
[...] The 1,600 Sustainable Energy Action plans elaborated until now […] constitute an immense wealth of research, energy planning and design of a sustainable future."
These are the first two sentences of the Bologna declaration, adopted at the (...)
Energy Cities’ Workshop: "HORIZON 2020 : Funding opportunities for local sustainable energy projects"
Save the date! On 27 January 2014, Energy Cities will hold a workshop focusing on the calls for proposals and project opportunities under (...)
The unprecedented initiative of the Covenant of Mayors has grown into a bottom-up movement of over 5,400 cities voluntarily committed to taking action in favour of sustainable energy.
With 2014, the Covenant of Mayors is entering a new phase. (...)
The European Commission’s Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, published in March 2013, did not mention local and regional authorities at all.
To reaffirm the importance of local and regional authorities in achieving (...)
Manufactured products follow the “extraction-production-disposal” cycle, a source of material, energy and transport waste. And all this to the detriment of the local economy.
We are now at a crossroads. The economic crisis and ecological concerns (...)
Based on a zoning logic and the maximisation of car parking spaces, this model encourages land-hungry and energy-intensive developments and reinforces our dependence on private cars. It also affects the urban function mix, the vitality of town (...)
The objective of the event was twofold: increasing cooperation between European and Chinese cities when it comes to sustainable urbanisation and signing cooperation agreements to further improve knowledge-exchange between cities.
In total some (...)
‘The challenges of Mumbai as a mega-city – a way forward with the EU’’ (held on 18-19 November 2013) was organised in partnership with the delegation of the European Union to India.
Although the scale of challenges varies a lot between European (...)
Greenhouse gas emissions
The energy sector currently emits 2/3 of the global GHG thus being crucial in determining wether or not climate change goals will be achieved. Although acknowledging the potential of some political initiatives such as (...)
Do we really have to buy a bike when bike rental services are available in our city? Is building new public buildings and facilities really necessary when existing ones are underused?
Here is the paradox. We have needs in terms of mobility and (...)
Local authorities have to act as catalysts, or conductors, in order to accelerate the transition. All territorial musicians must gradually learn to play their collectively composed score.
Local authorities’ administrations are not organised to (...)
In the document, Members of the European Parliament acknowledged the success of the Covenant of Mayors and stated that the "[...]enthusiasm and engagement shown by European local authorities should be used as an example for also setting (...)
To fulfil their Covenant of Mayors commitments, a baseline emission inventory was realised on their geographical area and a joint Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) including actions led both jointly and separately by the two local auhorities (...)
Energy Cities assumes this document is just an overlook and remains confident that the final report will acknowledge the essential role of local authorities. We have thus prepared a series of amendments to the European Parliament’s draft report (...)
Mayor of Parma got the "Permanent forum for developping integrated local policies" started with the presentation of "Parma Smart City". Many other presentations and panel sessions followed.
On Saturday 12, the Mayor, together with the (...)
After preparing The awaited and still unpublished Communication : "Empowering local and regional authorities to deliver the EU climate and energy ambitions", Energy Cities now wishes to collect as many opinions as possible on this crucial issue. (...)