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Béatrice Alcaraz

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145 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

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 | 40 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 | 240 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 | 287 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 | 256 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 | 319 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 | 270 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 | 426 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 | 334 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 | 434 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 | 511 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 | 434 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 | 424 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 | 688 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 | 555 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 | 628 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 | 587 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 | 685 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 | 1111 visits
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By Miriam Eisermann, on 8 July 2014 | 15h11 | 1111 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 | 654 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 | 425 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 | 374 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 | 403 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 | 740 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 | 418 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 | 337 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 | 589 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 | 358 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 | 544 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 | 265 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 | 325 visits
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