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Floriane Bernardot

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Portugese city of Almada debates energy efficiency at local level

The event was co-organised by Almada City Council, the Local Energy Management Agency of Almada (AGENEAL), the Portuguese Energy Agency (ADENE) and Energy Cities. About 120 participants attended the workshop, representing a wide range of (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 19 December 2014 | 17h49 | 54 visits
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Juncker’s Investment Plan can support local energy transition processes

This plan should trigger up to EUR 315bn of investment from public and private money in the European economy, but large uncertainties were remaining as to which sectors and which types of projects would benefit from the programme. Thanks to the (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 17 December 2014 | 14h47 | 231 visits
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Germany’s biggest energy company shifts away from fossil fuels

This decision translates into the transfer of its “conventional generation, global energy trading, and exploration and production businesses” to an independent new company. In addition, E.On is going to sell its assets in some other countries, as (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 12 December 2014 | 16h33 | 358 visits
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New Commission’s Investment Plan to trigger €350 billion of investments. What opportunities for cities?

The Commission is planning on creating a new €21 billion European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), with notably €5 billion coming from the European Investment Bank and an €8 billion guarantee from existing EU funds. The fund is expected to (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 8 December 2014 | 17h58 | 412 visits
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Local sustainable energy action plans are key to European energy security

The objectives of the conference were to evaluate the achievements of the V4 regional energy cooperation and to assess the consequences of global energy trends on both energy security and economic competiveness in the EU and especially in (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 5 December 2014 | 16h32 | 239 visits
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Paris on the road to 2015… and beyond!

Such an agreement is far from being reached yet – especially after the bitter taste that the Copenhagen conference left. On the international stage, some signals are however encouraging, for instance the agreement between the USA and China to (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 2 December 2014 | 11h32 | 330 visits
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Cohesion policy and transition to a low carbon economy: Good enough?

Aiming at the “harmonious development” of European regions, the Cohesion policy lays on several thematic objectives that include Research & Innovation, Education and Network infrastructure. The low-carbon economy is one of the priority axes (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 1 December 2014 | 12h03 | 217 visits
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Caring by sharing - 8 European pilot cities present their experience on how to develop Local Energy Roadmaps

After three years of cooperative work, the “IMAGINE… low energy cities” project publishes its findings in a “Low-Energy City Policy Handbook” aimed for municipalities and local stakeholders. Developing visions and Local Energy Roadmaps… The eight (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 18 November 2014 | 10h10 | 508 visits
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Konkrete Vorschläge zur Beschleunigung der Energiewende - Energy Cities' Proposals for the energy transition now in German!

Germany is often cited as a shining example when it comes to sustainable energy issues. Energy Cities has based its Proposals for the energy transition on more than 80 local examples, amongst which a dozen are from Germany. Leading the TANDEM (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 13 November 2014 | 17h29 | 333 visits
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Four Czech cities set up a municipal energy manager association

The association was set up by the cities of Litoměřice, Chrudim, Kopřivnice and the district of Brno-Nový Lískovec. Those four founding members gave the start on 24 October 2014, on the occasion of the Covenant of Mayors workshop entitled "Energy for (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 5 November 2014 | 09h50 | 327 visits
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Second largest UN centre exhibiting Display® poster

This week, the Display® Campaign featured in a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) exhibition titled "Greener and smarter homes: energy efficiency in buildings". This picture was taken on the 8th of October during the lunch (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 9 October 2014 | 18h48 | 520 visits
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EU Commission interviewed on Covenant of Mayors’ key contribution to Energy Security

“If we are to face a shortage of gas at the end of the year, over the winter period, this is where the local mayors are really coming to the central stage. […] They are the ones who will need to react on the ground”, she told energy journalist (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 8 October 2014 | 10h53 | 401 visits
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Let's IMAGINE... regenerative urban development at the 4th Future of Cities Forum

The Future of Cities Forum brings together mayors, urban planners, researchers, practitioners and civil society players to discuss key governance solutions for regenerative urban development. This year, the Forum will be held on 30-31 October (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 29 September 2014 | 12h32 | 1407 visits
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Back at work - Upcoming events you don't want to miss!

TANDEM - Kick-off event French-German cooperation for the local energy transition For representatives of German and French local authorities Strasbourg (France), 29 September 2014, 12:30-19:30 (CET) More info: Deutsch (de) (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 1 September 2014 | 15h28 | 358 visits
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“Let’s have fun doing it!” - Mayor of Bristol’s Exclusive Interview with the Covenant of Mayors Office

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 23 July 2014 | 09h20 | 716 visits
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€400 million to support Smart Cities & Sustainable Development in Belgium

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 10 July 2014 | 17h18 | 741 visits
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IMAGINE goes East: 10th Seminar held in Dobrich

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 4 July 2014 | 10h07 | 575 visits
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Claire Roumet takes over Energy Cities' executive direction

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 2 July 2014 | 11h10 | 618 visits
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3 minutes to understand better the Covenant of Mayors

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, (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 26 June 2014 | 18h42 | 407 visits
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The European Commission DISPLAYs the energy performance of its buildings!

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 20 June 2014 | 14h31 | 434 visits
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#EU2030 #EnergySecurity - Poland’s other energy story: taking a closer look

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 19 June 2014 | 13h28 | 227 visits
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Mobility & Transport: Call for evidence on the benefits of sustainable urban mobility measures

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 27 May 2014 | 10h15 | 318 visits
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Besançon, France: Yes to smart technologies if they serve sustainable development

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 23 May 2014 | 16h15 | 576 visits
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Review of the EU’s energy efficiency policies - stronger support to local authorities, the true drivers of change

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. The (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 30 April 2014 | 16h09 | 490 visits
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Energy Cities calls on EU political leaders to tap into local potential!

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 29 April 2014 | 13h44 | 485 visits
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Financing/ Franche-Comté region boosts energy retrofitting in private buildings with ELENA

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 22 April 2014 | 12h10 | 397 visits
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IPCC report: Fast and ambitious action will allow for climate change mitigation

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. (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 16 April 2014 | 11h44 | 520 visits
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Energy & climate 2030: Ban Ki-Moon urges the EU to reach an agreement

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 4 April 2014 | 17h48 | 621 visits
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IPCC Report: Understanding the climate-related challenges and tackling them creatively

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 2 April 2014 | 10h25 | 416 visits
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Energy Cities 2014 Rendezvous in Riga - IMAGINE if mayors ruled the world

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, (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 18 mars 2014 | 17h43 | 318 visits
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