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Béatrice Alcaraz

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153 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

Energy efficiency implemented too slowly in Europe: a status report from “Energy Efficiency Watch3”

Click to enlarge The survey showed enormous disparity among Member States in levels of ambition and progress of energy efficiency policies - just as the 2012 survey had. Comparing the level of progress across Member States to the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 avril 2016 | 10h50 | 290 visits
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#bornova2016 - Multi-level cooperation from Paris to Marrakech

During a high-level political level session on Thursday 2 June, panelists will debate how alliances can greatly contribute to achieving international, EU and national energy and climate objectives, to reinforcing complementarity of action and to (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 18 avril 2016 | 09h25 | 193 visits
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Lyon Metropole: smart city and urban experiments!

Tubà “Tubà” is a laboratory, a place where citizens, startups and companies meet in order to test new services, accompany project leaders and improve innovative services by encouraging the participation of citizens. How does it work in (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 March 2016 | 12h02 | 404 visits
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"Inspiring change" at our Annual Conference, 1-3 June 2016, Bornova (Izmir), Turkey

From 1-3 June, decision-makers will explore - through the lens of local action - what it means to further open up democratic processes for a new energy governance with stronger involvement of and benefit-sharing with new players have (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 7 March 2016 | 14h00 | 184 visits
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Display® in the Maghreb

At the beginning of February Ian Turner and Sylvie Lacassagne were invited to Algeria as part of an international conference co-organised by ADEME and their Algerian equivalent APRUE. As the event focussed on energy efficiency in buildings this (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 3 March 2016 | 11h39 | 145 visits
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Local currencies, a necessary energy transition tool

In Europe, a number of initiatives have been developed and local currencies are gaining ground: Sel, Wir, Bristol pound, SoNantes, Res, Chiemgauer-Scheine, Abeille, Dam, Eusko … names which all place the economy back at the heart of the local (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 February 2016 | 14h04 | 240 visits
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COP21 host Paris releases Climate Adaptation Roadmap

Welcome to Paris! “COP21 is an opportunity to remind people that Paris is taking strong, ambitious action to fight climate change, notably via its Climate and Energy plan. Thermal retrofit-ting of housing, alternative mobility to cars, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 1 December 2015 | 16h35 | 1278 visits
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COCON 63 : Massive renovation operation

The Puy-de-Dôme local authority has used an innovative territorial engineering approach to the service of public local bodies in order to support them in reducing their energy use and expenses. End of 2013, the operation was presented to all (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 10 November 2015 | 10h03 | 330 visits
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Germany championing “civic energy”

51% of renewable energy capacity is owend by citizens (40%) and farmers (11%) Since 2007, about 170 municipalities have bought back the grid from private companies Munich aims for 100% green electricity by 2025. The Stadtwerke München has (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 6 July 2015 | 11h58 | 648 visits
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Financing sustainable energy: Finding your way

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank have jointly developed the Fi-compass platform, which provides advisory services on financial instruments under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and microfinance under (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 23 June 2015 | 09h56 | 691 visits
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Decentralisation, devolution... Revolution!

lthough this trend is spreading in various countries, the most emblema-tic examples can be found in Germany, where numerous local authorities and their citizens have reclaimed ownership of the local grids, previously controlled by large (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 4 June 2015 | 10h18 | 403 visits
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In North America, Vancouver aims to become the first green city by 2020!

Invited by President of the French National Assembly Claude Bartolone, Gregor Robertson was in Paris early May to discuss with its homolog Anne Hidalgo. For both mayors, the city of tomorrow will be green, definitely, and will provide its (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 22 May 2015 | 08h59 | 332 visits
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Secretary General of CEDEC Gert de Block wishes Energy Cities "a long life"

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, I would like to congratulate Energy Cities for its commendable action in supporting and promoting the local approach in implementing energy and climate policies. CEDEC, as the European Federation of Local (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 18 May 2015 | 11h04 | 589 visits
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Resilient cities #1: Developing new forms of governance

A few years ago, Christchurch, New Zealand, experienced a series of earthquakes that caused extensive damage to the city’s infrastructure. Despite being in deep shock, the city decided to turn this tragedy into an opportunity: rebuilding the city (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 11 May 2015 | 14h50 | 339 visits
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Aberdeen Conference - It's now or never!

FOR A TECHNICAL AUDIENCE : The Helpdesk session The Helpdesk session will be shaped by participants’ inputs. Let’s prepare this session together ! It would be great if, as of now, you could think of an idea to share. Think of the challenges that (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 21 avril 2015 | 11h47 | 467 visits
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Welcome to smart houses! Helsinki (Finland)

The home automation systems enable up to 15 per cent reduction in electricity and water consumption. The saving potential is based on the option of monitoring the consumption data online in real time, also on mobile devices when out and about. (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 March 2015 | 09h51 | 469 visits
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Biking in Bielsko-Biala (PL): a city on the move

The system completes the transportation policy of the municipality, the mix between public transport and bike rental system is a good combination toward a better quality of life. The system consists of 12 stations and 120 bikes. The stations (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 10 February 2015 | 17h18 | 513 visits
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Aberdeen 2015: Registration is open!

Cities eco-driving local development Join us in Aberdeen on 22-24 April ! You will get the opportunity to discover examples of successful energy transition projects, listen to inspiring speeches, learn more about Aberdeen’s energy (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 9 février 2015 | 15h11 | 675 visits
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European Green Capital Bristol (UK) highlights the importance of its Energy Service

Let’s read the interview of Bill Edrich, Bristol City Council Energy Service Director, who explains why it is important for a city to have an Energy Service. Read the Interview When he was appointed at Bristol municipality, Bill Edrich said: (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 18 December 2014 | 16h40 | 516 visits
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Tampere (Finland) in the spotlight!

Anna-Kaisa Ikonen Mayor of Tampere, Finland Current City of Tampere Previous State Secretary for the Minister of Public Administration and Local Government Education Doctor of Social Sciences Summary Young Leader of the Year 2013. (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 December 2014 | 11h01 | 493 visits
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#RidesharingDay or why driving together means more fun

On 10th of October, you can yourself get active by taking part in the International Ridesharing day. www.ridesharingday.com The day puts focus on the beauty and joy of sharing rides together, because of three major things: 1) It’s better (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 3 October 2014 | 14h50 | 741 visits
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Empowering consumers to save energy!

The three main goals of this project are : Achieving measurable energy savings. Increasing awareness and motivation of consumers with respect to energy efficiency. Increasing trust between consumers and energy suppliers as a pre‐requisite for (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 September 2014 | 15h38 | 778 visits
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Use your bicycle and let your city win !

Organised by the city of Bologna and the local transport authority SMR, this urban cyclist team competition aims at promoting cycling as a sustainable and healthy mode of transport. This year, almost 1.600.000 km have been travelled in 31 days (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 5 September 2014 | 09h02 | 859 visits
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Enjoy your holidays!

...and is looking forward to seeing you again - beginning of September - ready to start working together again. Until then ... have a good time !

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 29 juillet 2014 | 10h48 | 637 visits
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Smartspaces project: Bristol and Leicester full of smart buildings

Leicester becomes smart with a smile Leicester’s overall strategy is to provide its buildings with Energy Performance information in an user friendly format that enables building managers and staff to identify issues and problems at a glance. (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 22 July 2014 | 11h58 | 919 visits
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Polish municipalities engage for energy security and a low carbon economy

This "Lodzkie Congress of Energy" aimed at stimulating the energy debate, both regarding the current situation and future perspectives for the region, as well as in Europe and the rest of the world. The signatories to this declaration are ready (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 July 2014 | 15h11 | 1456 visits
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By Miriam Eisermann, on 8 July 2014 | 15h11 | 1456 visits
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"Always dare the impossible" - Gérard Magnin leaves Energy Cities' executive direction

I believe that tomorrow will be anything but the continuation of the past. Public, private and associative action must endeavour to invent a future that people want and that is viable. This means getting rid of old ideas that clip the wings of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 1 July 2014 | 10h00 | 723 visits
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Covenant of Mayors: lastest news from Ukraine!

They did so in the framework of a Covenant of Mayors signing ceremony, along with several other cities from the Eastern Partnership region, and bringing the total number of committed Ukrainian cities to 71. This morning in Brussels, in the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 juin 2014 | 14h31 | 470 visits
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Local actions are key to European energy security

Energy Security is of increasing relevance in Europe. Recent geopolitical turmoils show the vulnerability and high dependence of Europe on a few suppliers. Energy security is of increasing relevance and a responsibility shared by everyone, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 juin 2014 | 10h02 | 422 visits
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USER Project: What does "public space" really mean?

USER Project, leaded by the Grenoble-Alpes Metropole (France), gathers 8 european local authorities: Copenhagen (DK), Krakow (PL), Dresden (DE), Lisbon (PT), Lublin (PL) Malaga (ES), Pescara (IT) and Riga (LV). The nine partners cities have (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 June 2014 | 12h38 | 469 visits
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