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Béatrice Alcaraz

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120 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

Meeting energy and climate challenges is a task for local authorities

We know how to build and retrofit buildings with low heating requirements; we can produce electricity from the sun, the wind and geothermal energy; it is possible to harness solid or liquid biomass to generate heat and power; we have the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 31 March 2014 | 11h52 | 238 visits
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Aduhme: awareness campaign on night-time lighting

Since 20 years, the local energy agency Aduhme has helped local authorities to save energy, valorise renewables and more largely preserve environment and fight climate change. In December of 2012, Aduhme has launched an charter of engagement (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 mars 2014 | 09h15 | 258 visits
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‘Mayors Adapt’ – The Covenant of Mayors model extends to climate adaptation

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard inaugurated today the “Covenant of Mayors on Adaptation to Climate Change” which also just unveiled its official website. Numerous local authorities have already shown interest in the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 March 2014 | 10h52 | 414 visits
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Leicester's building stock ... so smart !

Since 10 years, Leicester has been leading an ambitious policy to reduce energy and water use in its buildings. In 2012, Leicester City Council and De Monfort University became key partners in SMARTSPACES, a major new EU-wide research (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 January 2014 | 10h40 | 217 visits
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Energy Efficiency in Buildings : Zagreb shows the way!

In the framework of the South East Europe programme, TRACE supports public authorities at all administrative levels (national, regional, local) to implement the EU 2020 energy strategy, by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, ideas and (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 13 January 2014 | 15h02 | 265 visits
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Season’s greetings


By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 23 December 2013 | 08h52 | 168 visits
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How to Design a Multi-Fund Operational Programme for the Energy Efficient Renovation of the Building Stock

In a period of economic crisis when money is not readily available, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund represent a golden opportunity to access financing. Renovate Europe reaches out to the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 17 December 2013 | 09h41 | 299 visits
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#Euromaidan: Energy Cities supports the Ukrainian people in their fight for democracy

Ukraine is in uproar since President Viktor Yanukovich refused to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Read more. President of EECU Volodymyr Harazd invites the Energy (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 9 décembre 2013 | 17h37 | 251 visits
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Be part of regional, national and European networks to gain exposure to others’ experience

Some have experience in town planning or in CHP and heat and/or cooling networks. Others are renowned for their transport systems, energy-efficient building retrofitting programmes or urban farming. This richness has not yet been fully tapped (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 5 December 2013 | 14h41 | 295 visits
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Keep money at home: Bristol (UK) just does that!

The Bristol Pound is run as a partnership between the Bristol Pound Community Interest Company and Bristol Credit Union. It is a not-for-profit social enterprise. The Bristol Pound (£B) is a form of local alternative currency launched on 19 (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 3 December 2013 | 11h29 | 231 visits
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2030 Framework: EU asked to match speech with action

It has happened again : the UN climate change conference has failed to deliver ambitious results. But while negotiations remain gridlocked on the international arena, an unprecedented level of change is taking place at local level through the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 2 décembre 2013 | 15h38 | 249 visits
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When cities become energy laboratories!

The SCI Energy Lab is one of these projects ! It aims at creating capacity for innovation in the development of local, sustainable energy solutions for cities. The Lab wishes to deepen the understanding of how cities can address the barriers (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 25 November 2013 | 14h32 | 283 visits
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Twinning, a springboard for energy transition

Alongside diplomatic relations between countries, direct relations between local authorities have become an essential feature. The challenge of energy transition is both, political, economic, technical, environmental and cultural. It is (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 November 2013 | 11h57 | 770 visits
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How to cook up a Covenant of Mayors club ?

Building a national Covenant Club in your country is for you the opportunity to facilitate best-practice exchange. Develop common priorities for action in terms of decentralised energy and territorial cohesion by bringing together Covenant (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 25 octobre 2013 | 13h48 | 157 visits
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The hidden potentiel of public-private partnerships

Product innovation, especially in the field of ICT-automated energy management systems such as smart metering or smart grids, is fast-moving. However, embedding these products into ‘user-friendly’ solutions that can quickly be adopted by (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 23 octobre 2013 | 12h09 | 224 visits
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The awaited and still unpublished Communication on how to deliver climate & energy objectives

It has been said over and again, yet so far with no adequate policy change: local authorities hold the key to delivering the EU climate and energy objectives. First of all, they have already shown how much they are willing and capable to do: the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 7 October 2013 | 16h32 | 422 visits
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Energy co-operatives say YIMBY: Yes In My Backyard!

The success of the first Spanish renewable energy co-operative Som Energia may surprise...or not. In crisis-ridden Spain, there is a particular need for tapping unconventional financial sources. Som Energia, which is also being encouraged by (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 30 septembre 2013 | 10h52 | 214 visits
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Riga’s heat connection

More than 8,000 customers are connected to Riga’s district heating system, all of which are equipped with automatic thermal substations. Since 2012, each building with a heat substation has been equipped with a telemetering system enabling remote (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 17 September 2013 | 11h10 | 229 visits
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Energy Cities joins the Renovate Europe Campaign

Read the press release More information about the Renovate Europe Campaign : www.renovate-europe.eu

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 9 septembre 2013 | 11h24 | 264 visits
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Reinforcing the role of local authorities in climate and energy policies

The Council’s decisions point to a reinforcement of the already well-developed decentralised co-operation between our members and their Southern partners in order to accelerate energy transition and help reach emission targets by promoting (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 28 août 2013 | 12h02 | 296 visits
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Happy Summer Holidays!

The whole Energy Cities’ team wishes you a wonderful summer break and we will be delighted to meet you again in September in great shape ! The bloggers : Miriam, Béatrice, Floriane et Blandine

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 2 août 2013 | 08h44 | 196 visits
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Towards smart cities and smart housing in Europe

The event was organised jointly by the partners from the European projects "SMARTSPACES – Saving Energy in Europe’s Public Buildings Using ICT" : BECA - Balanced European Conservation Approach, eSESH - Saving Energy in Social Housing, Energy (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 29 juillet 2013 | 10h25 | 411 visits
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Alliances for employement, environment and green SMEs

The Employement-Environment Alliance in Brussels This Employement-Environment Alliance is an initiative from Brussels-Capitale. It’s one of the 5 main priorities identifed in the Sustainable Urban Growth Pact. The creation of AEE embodies the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 July 2013 | 13h29 | 592 visits
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Dijon (FR) joins the board of directors of Energy Cities

The municpality of Dijon and the energy transition “The National debate on energy transition is now launched. The issues that were identified are of a technical, financial and societal nature. In my opinion, the major issue is that of energy (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 12 July 2013 | 09h22 | 300 visits
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A new Board of Directors!

Moreover, Energy Cities is pleased to introduce 4 new municipalities which have joined the Board of directors! Welcome to Bornova (Turkey), Dijon (France), Pamplona (Spain) et Riga (Latvia). Composition of the new board of directors (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 9 July 2013 | 10h26 | 473 visits
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Energy transitions in France and Germany: a dialogue

The event, gathering French and German authorities was co-organised with the German partners and members Climate Alliance, KEA (Baden-Wurttemberg Energy agency) and the city of Stuttgart. The dialogue between elected people, heads of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 5 July 2013 | 11h25 | 284 visits
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Energy Cities' Position paper: The EU and Member States need local authorities for achieving their goals

In March 2013, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper on ‘A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies’ and launched a public consultation to gather ideas about how a post-2020 strategy should be shaped in order to fulfil the three (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 25 June 2013 | 16h09 | 264 visits
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Create interface capacities between public authorities and the civil society

All territorial musicians must gradually learn to play their collectively composed score. Local authorities’ administrations are not organised to co-ordinate territorial dynamics and local actor networks, to encourage the co-construction of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 18 June 2013 | 17h38 | 242 visits
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Join Energy Cities!

Kamil Okyay Sindir, Mayor of Bornova, Turkey Member only since 2012, the municipality of Bornova is already involved the european Campaign ENGAGE and has signed the Covenant of Mayors. In April, the municipality of Bornova has been elected on (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 6 juin 2013 | 11h45 | 167 visits
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Implement goods delivery schemes

The US-inspired model of hypermarkets located at motorway junctions or near peri-urban ring roads has prevailed in many countries for two main reasons: it reduces delivery constraints and most households have a car. This has led to millions of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 4 June 2013 | 08h37 | 288 visits
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