Floriane Cappelletti

224 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


Porto: Fighting energy poverty through deep renovation of buildings

Rainha Dona Leonor is a neighbourhood of 150 multi-family dwellings built in 1953. The buildings, made up of concrete structure, brick walls and light weight slabs, had never been upgraded, which led to a profound state of degradation of the (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 5 October 2016 | 16h25 | 359 visits


In Barcelona, trees temper the Mediterranean city climate

Climate change projections include a rise in average temperature and a significant decrease in rainfall, with expected lasting droughts and intense heat waves. In response, Barcelona has committed to becoming a global model of a sustainable (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 28 September 2016 | 15h35 | 187 visits


progRESsHEAT webinars: Learn more on renewables in disctrict heating and cooling!

The project relies on the preparation of strategies for developing heating and cooling networks in six European pilot cities (Ansfelden - Austria, Heerten - Germany, Litomerice - Czech Republic, Helsingor - Denmark, Matosinhos - Portugal, Brasov (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 23 September 2016 | 09h53 | 417 visits


Pushing forward electro-mobility in Riga

Setting high standards for urban mobility The city of Riga aims at a high-quality mobility system with low air pollution. The main goals of Riga’s electro-mobility projects are to improve air quality, minimize the impact of transport on the (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 19 September 2016 | 12h39 | 376 visits


EU Covenant of Mayors and Compact of Mayors launch largest global coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change

The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 24 June 2016 | 11h11 | 1033 visits


Sit and connect: First solar bench installed in Litoměřice

Sustainable energy is one of the main development priorities for this Litoměřice. The solar bench is part of an integrated action plan for energy conservation and renewable energy. Its aim is to promote the use of solar energy in public spaces. (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 11 May 2016 | 14h21 | 600 visits


#Bornova2016 - Remunicipalising energy services: why and how?

Paris, Naples, Berlin, Budapest… the list of European cities running their own water system is getting longer and longer. This may be a model for other services: how about energy, an equally precious natural resource and essential service? Who (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 6 May 2016 | 10h32 | 575 visits


EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete invites mayors to join the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to make Europe “a sustainable low-carbon and climate-resilient society”

In the letter sent yesterday - Thursday 28 April 2016 - Commissioner Arias Cañete thanks the cities that have already been taking climate and energy actions through the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt, two major initiatives now merged under (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 29 April 2016 | 09h22 | 519 visits


In Stuttgart, private home owners can enjoy 'care-free' energy renovation package

Despite municipal energy subsidies and technical assistance offered by the local energy info centre, the annual energy refurbishment rate of the residential sector in Stuttgart stagnates between 1 % and 2 %. The objective of the city is to raise (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 31 March 2016 | 12h11 | 689 visits


Energy-renovation of houses : In Bordeaux Metropole, 85% of households fit requirements for a dedicated bank loan !

Private housing accounts for 80% of Bordeaux Metropole’s housing stock and thus has been made a priority of its buildings’ energy-retrofitting policy. The objective of Bordeaux Metropole (Bordeaux Urban Community) is to implement several financing (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 17 March 2016 | 12h15 | 419 visits


Pamplona heading towards energy self-sufficiency

The City Council of Pamplona, committed to the Covenant of Mayors for several years already, believes that people and communities should have the right to control their energy future. Therefore, the Council is planning a range of ambitious (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 7 March 2016 | 11h27 | 318 visits


The Covenant of Mayors launches its "Capacity-sharing Corner"

The "Capacity-sharing Corner" is reserved for members of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) Community (signatories, Coordinators, Supporters...) and composed of a resource library and discussion forums. All members of the CoMmunity can search, (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 2 March 2016 | 11h11 | 217 visits


Local energy transition: French & German Covenant Clubs have recommendations to make for their governments!

In this declaration, the Covenant Clubs make recommendations to their national governments, in a view to accelerate the local energy transition. Their recommendations are articulated around four main axes. 1) Providing further support to the (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 4 February 2016 | 12h17 | 719 visits


The Energy Transition Chronicles: Behind the scenes of successful energy transition processes

The cities of Schönau (Germany), Växjö (Sweden) and Heidelberg (Germany), and the regions of Burgenland and Brussels-Capital all started, more or less recently, their own energy transition process. Today, Heidelberg has one of the lowest (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 17 January 2016 | 12h41 | 469 visits


City of Parma encourages citizens to undertake energy renovation work in their homes

Ricerca Sistema Energetico (Energy System Research), in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, carried out a study on the building stock in the city of Parma, which consists of 18,671 residential buildings and 80,595 (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 17 December 2015 | 18h14 | 756 visits


Local governance from A to Z: Energy Cities releases Positive Glossary of the Energy Transition during COP21

"Local Governance from A to Z: Positive Glossary of the Energy Transition" invites you to discover the multiple facets of a collaborative city, based on our over 25 years of experience of what works well in Europe. 26 letters, 26 concepts: test (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 4 December 2015 | 15h27 | 822 visits


Victory for local energy! Swedish municipality of Växjö wins case against competition authority

Växjö’s impressive district heating network uses heat from a combined heat and power plant, powered by waste wood biomass. Rather than importing energy, the city has long preferred to tap into its local resources, with half of its territory being (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 30 November 2015 | 16h06 | 855 visits


European RegioStars Awards 2015 honours IMAGINE project

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu and RegioStars jury president MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij announced the winning projects, chosen amongst 17 finalists in the following categories: Scandinavian Game Developers: Smart Growth – (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 30 October 2015 | 16h05 | 760 visits


Group intelligence in Helsinki: collaborative sustainable city planning

Ambitious, you would say. It is, indeed. The Urban Academy wants to engage all parties in a co-creation and co-design process. The main partners are the University of Helsinki, Aalto University and the City of Helsinki. The network brings (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 29 octobre 2015 | 11h30 | 363 visits


New Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy: EU Institutions strengthen alliance with cities

Since 2009 onwards, some 6,500 local authorities have already committed to the 2020 CO2 reduction objective. As part of the "New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy", signatory cities will pledge action to support implementation (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 16 October 2015 | 16h10 | 566 visits


Energy Cities' photo contest: Discover Brussels' new urban artwork!

The city of Brussels won the 1st prize: an urban art mural by the Argentinian artist Elian. The artist completed his work beginning of October, in the framework of the Nuit Blanche, an event which aims at allowing people to discover Brussels (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 12 October 2015 | 14h54 | 639 visits


EU Smart Cities Agenda should push for an energy transition with cities and their citizens at the core

Th resolution postulates that in regard to the key EU principles of subsidiarity, multi-level governance and the partnership principle, the “[…] engagement of the resources and competences of local and regional authorities should be reinforced (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 21 September 2015 | 16h28 | 1210 visits


Covenant of Mayors Ceremony 2015: Registration is open!

On Thursday 15 October 2015, representatives from towns and cities leading the way on climate mitigation and adaptation will meet in Brussels to launch a new Covenant of Mayors at a high-level ceremony. This new Covenant of Mayors: will (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 10 September 2015 | 12h31 | 766 visits


Launch of the largest ever consultation on the future of the Covenant of Mayors

Close to 6,500 signatory municipalities are voluntarily committed to going beyond the EU objective of 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. Following the 2030 EU climate and energy policy framework adopted in October 2014 and the new EU (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 29 July 2015 | 16h53 | 858 visits


Unlocking investments in cities: Review of ELENA-EIB projects in Barcelona, Bristol, Malmö, Paris and Brussels-Capital Region

The aim of this study is to identify in which ways technical assistance programmes such as ELENA-EIB can help unlock investment in cities. The projects undertaken by Energy Cities’ members that we have reviewed cover a wide array of sectors, from (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 8 July 2015 | 14h19 | 1850 visits


Non-state players’ message to COP21 negotiators: Empowering sub-national governments and divesting from fossil fuels

They intend to meet that challenge by aligning their daily local and regional actions with the decarbonisation of the world economy scenario, taking into account the various national, regional and local circumstances and respective capabilities, (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 3 July 2015 | 10h40 | 994 visits


Urban freight distribution: SMILE information guide gathers energy-efficient best practices

The high frequency and delivery time requirements, the weight of freights and the large number of shipments characterizing these deliveries indicate a significant potential for increased energy consumption and CO2 emissions in urban freight (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 26 June 2015 | 17h42 | 812 visits


Energy Cities' 25th anniversary : City of Brussels rewarded for its energetic... team!

Energy Cities’ anniversary cocktail on 18 June 2015 in Brussels. A jury composed of experts in energy & climate issues and communication selected the picture submitted by the city of Brussels. The photo displays the ’Energy’ technicians of the (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 19 June 2015 | 10h30 | 317 visits


Energy transition, a true vitamin cocktail for the local economy!

Local authorities will find different approaches to assess and describe the economic and social benefits of their energy and climate policies. The study is based on six case studies: five European local authorities (Brussels Capital, (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 18 June 2015 | 09h59 | 838 visits


#EUSEW2015 - Come and meet Energy Cities!

Please note that pre-registration is closed but you can register on-site. Wednesday 17 June 09:00-10:30 Energy Label 2015: A new look for market transformation and consumer empowerment EUSEW workshop organized with EEB and Coolproducts The (...)

By Floriane Cappelletti, on 16 June 2015 | 12h24 | 736 visits


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