Floriane Bernardot

144 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


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 | 100 visits


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 | 256 visits


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 | 225 visits


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 | 277 visits


Local leaders for sustainable energy in Riga - High-level political session

Odyssey 2030: Long-term EU climate and energy policies…and what about the Mayors? #mayors2014 European mayors "demonstrate" for local sustainable energy - Energy Cities’ 2013 Rendezvous in Växjö. © image Mats Samuelsson. As Europe is designing (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 12 March 2014 | 17h17 | 446 visits


EU energy & climate 2030 Odyssey: The Covenant of Mayors should get on board!

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 10 March 2014 | 11h56 | 384 visits


EU Urban Agenda: Taking inspiration from the Covenant of Mayors

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 7 March 2014 | 17h48 | 188 visits


Innovative cities - Odense's sustainability puzzle helps develop integrated projets

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 5 March 2014 | 12h40 | 275 visits


"SUDEP", a new call for proposals to boost sustainable urban development in the EU neighbouring regions

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 3 March 2014 | 12h37 | 299 visits


Energy & climate policy 2030: "It is now in the hands of the European Council to send an encouraging signal"

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 18 February 2014 | 14h37 | 398 visits


Renewable energy championship in Belgium : congratulations to our member-city Mouscron!

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 14 February 2014 | 18h24 | 295 visits


Energy & climate 2030: European Parliament urges that the EU adopt 3 binding targets

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 6 February 2014 | 18h11 | 347 visits


Energy Cities' Board of Directors & EU stakeholders dicuss how to bring forward the energy transition of cities and towns

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 4 February 2014 | 17h53 | 490 visits


Bologna Declaration: the Covenant of Mayors as a springboard to an "Intelligent Energy-Italy"

[...] 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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 31 January 2014 | 17h10 | 631 visits


Horizon 2020: Funding opportunities for local sustainable energy projects

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 20 January 2014 | 11h57 | 437 visits


New year, new priorities for the Covenant of Mayors!

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. (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 16 January 2014 | 12h06 | 225 visits


Meeting Europe's energy challenges thanks to a 'combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches'

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 12 December 2013 | 16h59 | 298 visits


Buy local! Develop short supply chains to increase local resilience

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 11 December 2013 | 11h48 | 301 visits


Think commercial urban planning differently to improve quality of life

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 28 November 2013 | 18h20 | 287 visits


EU-China Urbanisation Forum: "mayors hold the solution to a low-carbon economy"

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 26 November 2013 | 17h28 | 584 visits


The Covenant of Mayors as a source of inspiration for meeting India’s challenges

‘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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 21 November 2013 | 14h42 | 148 visits


World Energy Outlook 2013: 2/3 of the economic potential of energy efficiency set to remain untapped

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 14 November 2013 | 17h28 | 383 visits


Functional service economy: make better use and share what already exists

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 12 November 2013 | 17h18 | 273 visits


Accompanying local players in the energy transition

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 6 November 2013 | 17h09 | 256 visits


COP19: European Parliament says local authorities "should be used as an example"

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 5 November 2013 | 17h49 | 212 visits


La Rochelle (FR) takes a step further towards sustainable energy by joining the Covenant of Mayors

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 4 November 2013 | 17h34 | 148 visits


Rescuing the 2030 climate & energy objectives: let's give the European Parliament our suggestions!

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 28 octobre 2013 | 16h36 | 259 visits


Parma holds a "Permanent forum for developping integrated local policies"

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 (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 11 octobre 2013 | 17h24 | 535 visits


Public consultation: Empowering local and regional authorities

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. (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 9 octobre 2013 | 16h57 | 282 visits


Low carbon living: Milton Keynes (GB) already preparing 2050

The UK national government has a target of 80% carbon emissions reduction by 2050, but has not indicated what this means for Local Authorities and cities such as Milton Keynes. This is why the city puts a lot of efforts in the "Imagine 2050"- (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 2 octobre 2013 | 09h47 | 391 visits


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