Béatrice Alcaraz

Information Manager

133 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


#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. 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 | 609 visits


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 | 312 visits


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 | 387 visits


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 | 547 visits


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 | 589 visits


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 | 802 visits
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By Miriam Eisermann, on 8 July 2014 | 15h11 | 802 visits


"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 | 594 visits


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 | 387 visits


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 | 334 visits


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 | 338 visits


Local savings to finance energy transition

Crowdfunding and citizens’ cooperatives What is it about? A cooperative is an association of persons founded on the principle of collective ownership whose aim is to serve the interest of its members. These members elect a board of directors, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 10 June 2014 | 14h09 | 501 visits


Riga (Latvia), so smart!

But what makes a city “smart” in the first place? Generally, the idea is associated with information technologies and how they can help accelerate the transition to low-carbon cities. On this front, Riga is progressing with speed notably with (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 28 May 2014 | 10h00 | 340 visits


Malmö, Sweden: When high climate ambitions meet large-scale cooperation

On that front, the Social Democrat Stjernfeldt Jammeh plans to perpetuate the successful work of her predecessor, with the cooperation of Malmö’s neighbour cities. As part of the Energy Öresund project and with the objective of making Öresund the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 23 May 2014 | 11h00 | 300 visits


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 | 495 visits


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 | 324 visits


‘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 | 461 visits


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 | 238 visits


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 | 296 visits


Season’s greetings

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 23 December 2013 | 08h52 | 186 visits


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 | 350 visits


#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 | 334 visits


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 | 378 visits


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 | 249 visits


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 | 319 visits


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 | 353 visits


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 | 844 visits


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 | 170 visits


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 | 258 visits


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 | 455 visits


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 | 245 visits


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