Floriane Bernardot

203 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


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 Bernardot, on 21 September 2015 | 16h28 | 716 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 Bernardot, on 10 September 2015 | 12h31 | 307 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 Bernardot, on 29 July 2015 | 16h53 | 575 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 Bernardot, on 8 July 2015 | 14h19 | 1501 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 Bernardot, on 3 July 2015 | 10h40 | 782 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 Bernardot, on 26 June 2015 | 17h42 | 663 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 Bernardot, on 19 June 2015 | 10h30 | 294 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 Bernardot, on 18 June 2015 | 09h59 | 670 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 Bernardot, on 16 June 2015 | 12h24 | 619 visits


Epernay and Ettlingen: A successful TANDEM for the local energy transition

Further to the kick-off meeting of the TANDEM project, held in September 2014 in Strasburg, the cities have decided to extend their partnership to climate and energy issues. The involved staff members quickly realised they had much to bring to (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 11 June 2015 | 16h11 | 489 visits


#COP21 - European mayors' message to Paris negotiators

Marta Felip, Mayor of Figueres, Spain @MartaFelip "In my opinion, COP21 negotiators have to be aware of two conditions necessary to the energy transition. Firstly, all actors need to fully understand the energy issue. While many policy-makers (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 10 June 2015 | 14h32 | 528 visits


Resilient cities #3: Developing new financing approaches

Joint procurement between cities is on a roll. End of March, on the occasion of a pre-COP21 meeting in Paris, about thirty mayors from European capitals and big cities adopted a declaration aiming at engaging in joint public procurement (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 1 June 2015 | 10h18 | 454 visits


Energy Cities members commit to city-to-city cooperation as a key tool for the energy transition

In a declaration adopted by Energy Cities’ General Assembly on 23 April in Aberdeen, Energy Cities’ members say they are "ready to make peer-to-peer exchange between local leaders a driver of the energy transition". Amongst them, the signatories (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 29 mai 2015 | 09h06 | 402 visits


Resilient cities #2: Bristol, Toronto and El Hierro aim for self sufficiency

"A resilient community produces the food, energy, water, things and incomes it needs locally" (John Robb, American author and entre-preneur). It results in self-sufficiency, and therefore in greater independence concerning a city’s needs. Sounds (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 13 May 2015 | 10h45 | 430 visits


When waste isn't waste: How a city can regenerate its resources

by Fiona Woo, Policy Officer – Climate and Energy, World Future Council. The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy-making. Together with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments and (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 6 May 2015 | 10h21 | 396 visits


Energy Cities' Photo Contest: And the winners of urban art pieces are...

From 15 January to 31 March 2015, all local authorities part of Energy Cities could send a picture of their energy & climate team along with a motto, somehow linked to sustainable energy. We received 11 funny and creative photos that you (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 4 May 2015 | 15h27 | 395 visits


A warm welcome to our new member cities and Board of Directors!

New members Aradippou (Cyprus) Clermont Communauté (France) Epernay (France) Ettlingen Stadtwerke (Germany) Faaborg Midtfyn (Denmark) Hadera (Israel) Kula (Serbia) Lorient (France) Namur (Belgium) Nilüfer (Turkey) Province de Liège (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 30 avril 2015 | 14h28 | 520 visits


France-Germany: The energy transition to boost EU's economy

German Minister Sigmar Gabriel and French Minister Emmanuel Macron indeed call for the creation of a new "Common EU Fund aiming to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency". The declaration also writes that the "Juncker Plan could support (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 8 April 2015 | 18h35 | 489 visits


Energy Cities' photo contest - Vote for your favourite picture!

The contest is now closed and our member cities have submitted nice creative pictures. You can now vote for your favourite photo and help the city win an amazing urban art piece! The Award Ceremony will be held in the framework of our Annual (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 3 April 2015 | 12h19 | 539 visits


Breaking news: #COP21 cancelled as cities have put the world back on track

In a short but very emotional speech, UN Secretary General congratulated local authorities for their outstanding achievements in reducing CO2 emissions and pollution, improving energy efficiency and making the best of their local renewable (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 1 April 2015 | 16h16 | 911 visits


Aberdeen Conference: Share, learn, network! #mayors2015

That makes Aberdeen an exciting place to welcome city representatives and energy experts from all around Europe to meet, discuss and network in the friendly atmosphere of which Energy Cities alone has the secret. A rich programme will allow you (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 31 mars 2015 | 17h04 | 429 visits


European capitals and big cities commit to joint public procurement #COP21

On this occasion, a declaration was adopted to highlight cities’ commitment to joint public procurement. The orders relate to the fields where cities have an important buying power and where carbon impact is significant : transport (hybrid and (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 26 March 2015 | 09h41 | 409 visits


Energy Cities' Annual Conference #mayors2015 - Come and meet Transformation Cities!

For Energy Cities, the energy transition is a shift from a system dominated by finite (fossil and fissile) energy towards a (renewable) flow energy-based system. Such a shift requires simultaneously taking ambitious actions to reduce our energy (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 11 March 2015 | 17h44 | 416 visits


Frankfurt-am-Main: Germany's economic capital city aims at a 95% CO2-emission reduction by 2050

Frankfurt-am-Main has a long tradition of controlling energy use and cutting CO2 emissions which started in the 1990’s. “Energie Referat” (the local energy agency) and the city’s town planning department are working in close collaboration with (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 6 March 2015 | 16h03 | 515 visits


EEFIG report identifies ways to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments

The report, entitled “Energy Efficiency - the first fuel for the EU Economy: How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments”, identifies the critical success factors, policies, market instruments and financing solutions to increase (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 27 February 2015 | 17h16 | 435 visits


Energy Union – It can’t work without cities and citizens

Local and regional authorities are more ambitious than national governments Cities, municipalities and regions are crucial players when it comes to energy security: the 6000+ Sustainable Energy Action Plans being supported through the Covenant (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 26 February 2015 | 14h37 | 536 visits


Energy Cities' Annual Conference #mayors2015 - How is your city shifting to a new economy?

In the session called "Shifting to a new economy", you will get the opportunity to exchange with local representatives from the Energy Cities network, in smaller working groups. Urban agriculture, smart spaces, cooperation with SMEs... The (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 24 February 2015 | 17h43 | 527 visits


Energy Union or top-down implementation? City Councillor speaks out at Riga Conference

Indeed, although citizens and local stakeholders are mentioned in the margins, the Commission does not give any indication related to the actual involvement of EU cities and citizens. Today in Riga, the Deputy Mayor of Delft Stephan Brandligt, (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 6 February 2015 | 16h19 | 393 visits


New Covenant of Mayors guide helps cities identify suitable funding opportunities for sustainable energy

To support signatory cities in their search for funding solutions for the development or implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), the Covenant of Mayors Office recently published a comprehensive overview of the various (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 5 February 2015 | 17h08 | 512 visits


"No energy transition without citizens" - Interview with Energy Cities' Executive Director Claire Roumet

According to Claire, getting to know which local renewable energy sources can cover the city’s needs and engaging all local players are essential to manage a territory’s energy transition. With the examples of Energy Cities’ member cities of (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 30 January 2015 | 17h02 | 666 visits


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Events to come
Open Days 2015 : European Week of Cities and Regions
From 12 to 15 October

Smart City 360 Summit
From 13 to 16 October

Covenant of Mayors working group - Large scale upgrade of public lighting and smart cities infrastructure: views of cities, regions and financiers
Wednesday 14 October 09:00-15:00

Covenant of Mayors workshop - The role model of the Covenant of Mayors in multi-level governance: Views from academia and local and regional actors
Wednesday 14 October 14:30-17:00

Financing Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Heating and Cooling: public workshop
Wednesday 14 October 14:30-17:00

Covenant of Mayors Ceremony 2015
Thursday 15 October

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