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Floriane Bernardot

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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 | 144 visits
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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 | 297 visits
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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 | 357 visits
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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 | 355 visits
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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 | 476 visits
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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 | 488 visits
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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 | 355 visits
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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 | 381 visits
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"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 | 534 visits
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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015: How can you get involved as a local authority?

As a local authority you can be part of the Sustainable Energy Week by organising an Energy Day, applying to the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards or attending one of the hundreds of events to take place in June. Every year, over 1,000 local (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 23 January 2015 | 17h29 | 518 visits
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Energy Cities' photo contest - Win an urban piece of art for your city!

My city, my team, my energy! Entitled "My city, my team, my energy", Energy Cities’ photo contest is simple to enter: Take a picture of the team working on sustainable energy issues in your local authority and associate it with a motto. Be (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 15 January 2015 | 13h47 | 559 visits
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Economic impact of the local energy transition - Energy Cities issues one-of-a-kind study

Objective evidence of economic results is required, as is a better understanding of economic analysis methods, in order to equip local and regional authorities with the tools needed to demonstrate the benefits for all local players. Energy (...)

By Floriane Bernardot, on 22 December 2014 | 15h41 | 760 visits
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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 | 410 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 | 553 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 | 631 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 | 647 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 | 396 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 | 410 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 | 261 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 | 688 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 | 385 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 | 414 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 | 552 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 | 435 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 | 1523 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 | 382 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 | 771 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 | 786 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 | 661 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 | 676 visits
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