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Béatrice Alcaraz

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43 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

The commons transition: it's all about pooling resources

Mr Bauwens, since March 2017, you have been assisting the city of Ghent, Belgium, with a “commons transition” project. At a time when European towns and cities are working on their roadmaps towards a desirable future by 2050, what can you tell us (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 26 July 2017 | 09h30 | 414 visits
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Stuttgart : towards a carbon neutral city thanks to a local energy ownership

The energy remunicipalisation initiative was immediately backed up with an ambitious energy transition and citizen engagement agenda and a highly symbolic partnership: the setting up of a green electricity and gas supplier jointly with (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 July 2017 | 10h00 | 638 visits
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European Energy Transition Conference - CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

A major event of energy transition stakeholders, the European conference gathers each year over 3,000 participants during 3 days. The organisators - Greater Geneva, the Communauté urbaine de Dunkerque, Bordeaux Métropole and ADEME, in (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 11 July 2017 | 11h37 | 600 visits
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How Bristol took back control of its energy

Not only has the city council set ambitious energy transition objectives – reducing energy use by 30% and CO2 emissions by 40% between 2005 and 2020 - but the first results are extremely encouraging, with a 20% drop in energy use and an 18% (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 June 2017 | 12h30 | 730 visits
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Inventive measures and tools to accelerate cities' energy transition: Lisbon and Stuttgart in the spotlight!

Lisbon’s 2050 roadmap Lisbon, together with seven other European cities, (Barcelona, Copenhagen & Malmö, Istanbul, Lisbon, Litomerice, Milan & Turin, Rostock & Zagreb) designed local 2050 “post-carbon” roadmaps in the framework of the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 15 June 2017 | 16h32 | 916 visits
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Carine Dartiguepeyrou: Accelerating the future

We are living in an era of rapidity and instantaneity. What is the impact of this acceleration on public action? Can a local government keep this “dictatorship of urgency” at bay? To my knowledge, no one has better explained this (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 29 May 2017 | 15h57 | 774 visits
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#100%RES - Recommendation 4: Engaging local stakeholders

And because many aspects of everyday life will be impacted by this 100% renewable energy vision, including housing, lighting, mobility, new technologies and consumption, fully engaging citizens and the various local stakeholders from the urban, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 30 March 2017 | 12h01 | 557 visits
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How to apply our 3D vision to Europe’s energy and climate policies?

The European energy system will have to undergo a major shift in order to transform the EU into decarbonized, sustainable and resilient society. Business-as-usual energy and climate policies will not be sufficient to reach this ambitious goal. A (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 28 March 2017 | 09h58 | 732 visits
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New start for the European Energy Award®

The European Energy Award® was an initiative launched by Switzerland, Austria and Germany (Land NordrheinWestfalen) in 2003. It’s a programme for planning and implementing energy and climate protection policy goals and mesures in municipalities. (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 March 2017 | 14h00 | 447 visits
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100%RES - Recommendation 3 : Funding renewable energy production and energy efficiency

It also means that the local authority is involved in project governance and can ensure that the territory will benefit from the profits made. Opening capital up to citizen investment contributes to improving project acceptance. This is possible (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 7 March 2017 | 17h37 | 667 visits
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Pamplona: How does the city take back control of its energy services?

In Pamplona, a city of 196,000 inhabitants located in north-eastern Spain, the shift to renewable and decentralised energy has become a clear political objective since the elections in 2015. Armando Cuenca is the Urban Ecology and Mobility (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 7 February 2017 | 16h21 | 886 visits
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100%RES - Recommendation 2 : Creating new urban-rural partnerships

New economic models and new players will thereby be able to enter the energy market. Whereas cities and metropolitan areas have rarely kept themselves busy with their gas, electricity and fuel supplies in the past, the development of renewable (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 2 February 2017 | 13h53 | 740 visits
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Devolve (to) : verb to be conjugated in the present to improve the future

[I devolve…] Devolution is the shift of competences for public services from central government to sub-national or quasi-independent organisations. These organisations enjoy varying degrees of autonomy and have their own budget. [You devolve…] (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 26 janvier 2017 | 15h38 | 562 visits
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#100%RES - Recommendation 1 : Giving long-term planning its rightful place

To be credible, this political message must be backed up with “no-regret” short-term measures and medium-term planning documents defining interim targets, for example a Territorial Climate, Air and Energy Plan or an energy masterplan. This entails (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 12 January 2017 | 14h26 | 655 visits
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Cities heading towards 100% renewable energy

Five European champions are showing the way forward, all signatories to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, these five cities and regions aim to develop a coherent energy system based on energy efficiency and the optimum use of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 6 December 2016 | 14h54 | 1113 visits
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Carbon credits: think local !

In most European countries, local authorities and their citizens have not seen a cent from the ETS revenues. Instead, many carbon intensive industries have benefited from the over-subsiding of carbon pollution through the ETS. This is the case (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 21 November 2016 | 11h53 | 548 visits
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#DIVEST - 3 steps to create your fossil-fuel free investment portfolio

A brief guide for cities 1- Identify where city money has been placed and shift it elsewhere Identify the stocks (pension funds etc.) your city owns (directly or indirectly) in fossil fuel holdings and sell them. End your administration’s (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 28 October 2016 | 10h03 | 539 visits
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First Net Zero Energy Buildings in Hadera (Israel), an example to follow

Hadera’s vision is to rais awareness amongst children about sustainability, energy efficiency and how they can protect the environment. The municipality is convinced that investing in education from preschool age will bear fruit. The NZEB (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 27 octobre 2016 | 12h16 | 677 visits
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Geneva (CH) says no to fossil energy!

This decision is the result of the joint commitment by the Council of State and SIG to developing renewable energy sources, a vital condition for achieving the energy transition in Switzerland. After freeing itself from nuclear energy, the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 September 2016 | 08h22 | 599 visits
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European Energy Transition Conference - Call for contributions, deadline 20 september 2016 - 5 pm

This event is the major Rendez-vous of energy transition stakeholders and it gathers each year more than 2,000 participants over 3 days. Last year no less than 200 contributions were received and contributed to making the event a veritable (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 September 2016 | 16h00 | 1176 visits
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On the way to energy democracy

Members in the spotlight “Adopt a panel” in Helsinki Finland’s largest solar power plant hosted on the roof of the Kivikko ski hall is owned by the city of Helsinki. As part of this project, the city utility, Helen Ltd, had the brilliant idea of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 September 2016 | 11h17 | 556 visits
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Your office is almost empty? No one is around?

Since 2013 Energy Cities has provided you webinars in French, English or German on several thematics: Combined heat and power, Energy and Climate Plans, Internal contracting for municipalities, Living street: When citizens take back the streets (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 July 2016 | 09h02 | 635 visits
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Odense (DK) : Training craftsmen to accelerate the energy transition

The city of Odense therefore decided to join the Green Business Growth partnership, a partnership uniting municipalities, businesses and training centres, which has been in operation since 2009 (90% of the municipalities on Funen Island, of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 27 June 2016 | 14h25 | 885 visits
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#Democracy - Making the city "an open transformation platform"

Energy Cities is promoting a transition that is not only technological, but primarily societal. What is your perception of energy democracy in a “smart” city? Considering that a smart city could be created by developing highly technological (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 June 2016 | 16h09 | 794 visits
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How to make Europe number 1 in Energy Efficiency?

Extracts from the press release Energy efficiency is the first fuel of the European Union. Policies are already implemented across all EU member states but we need more ambitious targets and a stronger framework for 2030. Claude Turmes, MEP, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 May 2016 | 16h16 | 770 visits
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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 (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 avril 2016 | 10h50 | 830 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 | 726 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 | 844 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 stronger (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 7 March 2016 | 14h00 | 450 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 | 402 visits
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