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Alix Bolle

13 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

The Energy Union badly needs a “revolution from below”

Over the course of this summer, the European Commission plans to flesh out its proposal for the governance of the Energy Union. Unfortunately, early versions and preliminary documents surrounding this exercise show that the local dimension is (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 27 June 2016 | 17h15 | 765 visits
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A sharper, 3D vision of our energy future

The first D – do not see here any form of hierarchy – is DIVEST. Our understanding of this buzz word is "changing directions", i.e. favouring sound investment choices with a long life! Today’s news are not very reassuring in this regard. The (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 March 2016 | 17h00 | 944 visits
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Towards Energy Democracy? Our 4 Recommendations for the revised Renewables Directive!

Building on successful examples from Member States such as Germany (900+ cooperatives, thousands of local utilities), Austria and Scandinavian countries, shouldn’t the EU rather strive to become the world number one in community energy? Such an (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 February 2016 | 09h52 | 350 visits
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Local elected leaders urge European Commission to reshape energy governance architecture

Our President and Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner addressed a joint letter to European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefovi, co-signed by local elected leaders representing CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, FEDARENE and ICLEI. (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 16 November 2015 | 13h48 | 500 visits
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Setting the scene: The European Parliament’s debate on energy security

The report still includes many references to outdated, centralised modes of energy production (such as endigenous fossil fuels and nuclear energy). Besides, some adopted amendments increase the focus on carbon capture and storage – potentially (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 19 May 2015 | 13h42 | 485 visits
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Juncker Plan: European Parliament decides to support local energy efficiency projects!

This means that one quarter of the EUR 315 billion of investment to be unlocked by the Juncker Investment Plan will be dedicated to energy efficiency. And because the ITRE committee has an exclusive competency on the decisions regarding the use (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 15 April 2015 | 17h57 | 798 visits
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"We need your positive energy": EU Commission Vice President Šefovi meets Energy Cities mayors

After hearing the success stories shared by the mayors and representatives of the cities of Delft, Vaxjo, Dijon, Heidelberg, Helsinki, Bornova, Riga and Bielsko Biala, Šefovi enthusiastically reiterated the European Commission’s (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 9 March 2015 | 17h57 | 874 visits
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Covenant of Mayors - Vila Nova de Gaia first to report progress in cutting CO2 emissions

Originally published on eumayors.eu Vila Nova de Gaia’s report concludes that CO2 emissions in the city have been reduced by 16% compared to 2005. The greatest reductions were observed in the transport sector, while the buildings sector’s (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 7 November 2014 | 11h44 | 600 visits
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Energy Efficiency: UK cities call on Prime Minister to show ambition at European Council

Indeed, as emphasised in the letter, ambitious energy efficiency policies have brought numerous socio-economic benefits to the cities. To continue down that path, the local authorities however need to be encouraged by an enabling national and (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 17 October 2014 | 16h09 | 685 visits
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Covenant of Mayors recognised as key Energy Security action by European Commission

The Commission’s Communication on the European Energy Strategy identifies 8 areas where short, medium and long-term actions need to be taken by Member States. The third one is “Moderating Energy Demand” and includes 5 key actions among which “the (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 2 June 2014 | 14h27 | 516 visits
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Ukrainians call for Energy Cities’ support in addressing energy crisis

Shortly after the conference, our President and Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner shared this call for support through a letter sent to EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, also in view of the forthcoming adoption of the Commission’s (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 9 mai 2014 | 16h15 | 617 visits
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Energy for prosperity: EU Commissioner says local authorities have a lot to offer!

More specifically, Mr Piebalgs referred to the UN Millennium Development Goals, which notably aim at eradicating poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability, saying that local authorities were « key » to achieving these objectives as they (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 27 February 2013 | 23h41 | 608 visits
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Commissioner Piebalgs calls for a Development cooperation «chapter » in the Covenant of Mayors

Commissioner Piebalgs recalled the importance of translating global and national frameworks into concrete actions on the ground. Identifying decentralised cooperation as one of its key priorities, he cited the example of the Covenant of Mayors, (...)

By Alix Bolle, on 12 April 2011 | 15h21 | 298 visits
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