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Béatrice Alcaraz

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138 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

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 | 214 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 | 389 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 | 464 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 | 396 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 | 394 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 | 664 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 | 419 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 | 488 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 | 570 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 | 629 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 | 970 visits
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By Miriam Eisermann, on 8 July 2014 | 15h11 | 970 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 | 625 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 | 406 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 | 355 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 | 364 visits
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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 | 623 visits
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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 | 379 visits
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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 | 322 visits
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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 | 545 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 | 343 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 | 520 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 | 250 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 | 310 visits
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Season’s greetings


By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 23 December 2013 | 08h52 | 200 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 | 366 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 | 392 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 | 415 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 | 266 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 | 351 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 | 380 visits
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