Bristol (United-Kingdom) has just joined Energy Cities’ network and was nominated 2015 European Green Capital City.
In Bristol, where a local currency* has been set up to benefit the city’s businesses and overall prosperity, community engagement (...)
Launched beginning of June 2014, the €400 million financing scheme will allow Belgian local authorities to benefit from preferential rate loans for the implementation of their "smart and sustainable" mobility, urban development and energy (...)
During the 1st day, the seminar tackled three themes:
1. Forecasting and planning the sustainable energy future of cities
The presentations focused on challenges and opportunities that cities face on their ways to sustainable development that (...)
Suceeding Gérard Magnin, who founded the network in 1990, Claire Roumet was already acting as Deputy Executive Director since March 2014.
Prior to joining Energy Cities’ team, Claire Roumet acted for 12 years as Secretary General of CECODHAS (...)
It also highlights the important work that has been undertaken already by the nearly 6,000 signatories and it encourages all local authorities to join this growing community.
Examples of good practices from the signatory cities of Birmingham, (...)
As the EU takes strides towards reducing its energy dependence on foreign imports, Europe’s leaky building stock is increasingly coming under scrutiny, as buildings represent the largest energy consuming sector in the EU at a high of 43% of all (...)
Zbigniew Michniowski is vice-mayor of Bielsko-Biała, president of PNEC (Polish Network Energy Cities) and vice-president of Energy Cities.
Energy security has been a much-debated issue lately. However, it is too often considered through the (...)
After all when major schemes are put forward the over-riding emphasis for doing it is because of the economic benefits.
Over the last decade many sustainable project evaluation reports, research studies, and demonstration have reported (...)
As soon as the 1980s, Besançon started using a remote management system for the heating and lighting of city-owned buildings (offices, schools, sports facilites, etc.). Since then, the municipality has progressively introduced smart technologies (...)
The European Union is likely to miss its target as regards energy efficiency in its 3x20 goals for 2020. This is why the European Commission asked for the opinion of stakeholders on how it could improve its policies to fill in this gap.
Europe’s economic prosperity and stability, its long-term social and territorial cohesion heavily depend on its ability to deliver a fair energy transition. At local level, where citizens can be mobilized and territories’ resources can best be (...)
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 (...)