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Tuesday 8 May 2018

HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR CITIES - FOUR #RENNES2018 LESSONS LEARNT
By Sara Giovannini | 200 visits
If you work on the energy transition, the same word comes up repeatedly: participation. But how can local authorities make sure this is not an empty box? How to avoid this “they asked for our opinion, but this won’t change their decision” feeling? How can citizens really feel part of the process, be listened to and connect with the big picture of their city? On the first day of Energy Cities’ Annual Conference #rennes2018, Pepik Henneman, Transition Management consultant, tried to delve into these questions and to explore with the audience why they matter so much.
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mercredi 25 avril 2018

#rennes2018 conference about sharing responsibilities in a radically new energy system
By Miriam Eisermann | 584 visits
Energy Cities’ Annual Conference 2018 was hosted in France by the City and Metropolitan Area of Rennes, from 18-20th April.
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Wednesday 18 April 2018

Blockchain and energy transition - what challenges for cities? Find out in our newly released publication!
By David Donnerer | 1223 visits
Energy blockchain experiments and pilots are multiplying, driven by tech-savvy entrepreneurs. It looks like the new technology is disrupting the energy system from Spain to the US. What is in it for cities? Energy Cities makes sense of the blockchain buzz with a newly released publication.
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Tuesday 10 April 2018

PARTICIPATORY PROCESSES: A WAY TO MORE EFFECTIVE AND INCLUSIVE POLICIES

ENLARGE is a project funded by the European programme Horizon 2020, that allows people to better understand the outcomes of their involvement in participatory processes, with a special focus on sustainable energy. In doing so, the project creates and disseminates knowledge on how to implement participatory processes that can be legitimated by the involvement of citizens, stakeholders, and public administrations, be able to influence the policy process and sustainable over time.
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Friday 6 April 2018

Like a too long winter
By Claire Roumet | 600 visits
by Claire Roumet, Executive Director of Energy Cities
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Thursday 5 April 2018

Rennes Métropole takes up the challenge of a local ... and collective energy transition - Interview with Olivier Dehaese
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 804 visits
The City of Rennes and Rennes Métropole have, for several decades, been involved in developing an ambitious energy and climate policy aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, improving energy performance in buildings, raising public awareness and developing soft modes of transport like cycling and walking. Rennes Métropole’s new Climate Plan has been presented this year. An area of strong population growth, with a reputation for its quality of life and sustained economic vitality, Rennes Métropole is meeting the energy transition challenge with the collective support of all the local stakeholders.
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Wednesday 28 March 2018

European Mobility Week Award: What Vienna and Igoumenitsa tell us about using streets differently
By Sara Giovannini | 724 visits
Last week, the European Commission announced the winners of the European Mobility Week Award 2017 and 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP). Vienna and Igoumenitsa convinced the jury.
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Wednesday 28 March 2018

Almada: Innovative project to promote circular economy and decarbonization of urban living
By Francisco Gonçalves | 754 visits
Almada is one of nine Portuguese cities selected to implement an innovative project that aims to recreate urban spaces, turning them into spaces for demonstrating activities and livelihoods that are more sustainable and less carbon intensive.
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Monday 26 March 2018

Joint briefing: Building on local climate and energy experience in Energy Union Governance
By Sara Giovannini | 844 visits
The ongoing negotiations on Energy Union Governance will soon touch upon the establishment of permanent “Multilevel Climate and Energy Dialogue Platforms”. CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, EUROCITIES, ICLEI and E3G published a joint briefing underlining successful practices already adopted in Europe.
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Friday 23 March 2018

French cities call for decentralisation of energy policy
By Sara Giovannini | 937 visits
On March 22, the city of Paris, together with other 19 French cities, co-signed an open letter in Le Monde, asking to redirect part of the energy and climate tax’s increase towards local communities and calling for a law for the decentralization of the energy policy.
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Tuesday 13 March 2018

Not just for techies: Blockchain - more power for cities or for big utilities?
By David Donnerer | 771 visits
You remember having heard about bitcoin, right? It is this virtual currency which has stirred up financial markets and is rapidly conquering the energy sector. And blockchain is the technology behind Bit what? Block what? We don’t want you to remain puzzled about how this will impact local energy.
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Thursday 8 March 2018

EU readies for the “money talk”: Quick overview of what the future could hold
By Alix Bolle | 1257 visits
By next May, the European Commission should put on the table a proposal for the next EU budget, the so-called “Multi-annual Financial Framework” to put it in EU jargon. Ahead of this important milestone, Energy Cities’ Board of Directors met with Isabelle Thomas, the European Parliament Member in charge of the file.
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Friday 2 March 2018

Cities meet European decision makers to discuss EU’s future budget and energy policy
By Alix Bolle | 1436 visits
On the occasion of the EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony held on Thursday 22nd of February in Brussels, European mayors and elected representatives from Energy Cities’ Board of Directors met with decision makers in charge of key policy developments.
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mardi 20 février 2018

Covenant of Mayors : A key instrument for the future EU budget

In its 10 year-existence, the European Covenant of Mayors has mobilised thousands of local governments to voluntarily implement and exceed EU climate and energy objectives. In order to further embed the initiative in EU policies, it has to become a key instrument for the future EU budget, write the local and regional leaders of the European Covenant of Mayors board.
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Monday 12 February 2018

Interview: Is the energy transition still making the Franco-German heart leap?
By Miriam Eisermann | 1000 visits
In the past, France and Germany made very different political choices. Today, however, a convergence of their objectives is giving new life to the Franco-German engine, according to Mr Pascal Gauthier, Economic, Transport, Energy and Environment Adviser at the French Embassy in Germany.
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Thursday 8 February 2018

When the EIB is learning from cities: more EU money for local energy?
By David Donnerer | 1672 visits
On Monday, the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) admitted for the first time city delegates to its annual meeting with civil society. All ears, the EIB Board of Directors was listening to and debating with the locally experienced such as Energy Cities' president and Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Eckart Würzner. The bank is one of the world's largest lenders and only allowed to back projects that are in line with EU policy. So, in view of the EU’s ambitions to comply with the Paris Agreement, how can this supranational public bank better support cities in their energy transition?
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Monday 5 February 2018

An EU budget to make energy citizens a reality
By David Donnerer | 1098 visits
Where should the money go? Read Energy Cities and CEE Bankwatch network's proposal on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) post 2020.
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Tuesday 30 January 2018

Destination 100% Renewable Energy: How far are cities?
By Alix Bolle | 1285 visits
The road to 100% renewable energy obviously passes through ambitious actions from cities. In the framework of the EU Renewables Networking Platform Project, Energy Cities sheds some light on where cities are in this transition process and what obstacles still remain.
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Monday 22 January 2018

Innovative Financing in Cities and Regions: Join a unique EU-wide P2P learning programme!
By Blandine Pidoux | 1893 visits , By Jana Cicmanova | 1893 visits
The new Peer-to-Peer learning project PROSPECT H2020 has just launched its first call for applications! PROSPECT will offer you a total of 3 learning cycles on innovative financing schemes for your energy and climate actions, starting respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019. You can now apply online to take part the first P2P learning cycle starting in May 2018, either as a mentor or mentee city or region, and before the 28th February 2018.
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Monday 22 January 2018

Financing local climate & energy actions: Get inspired by Covenant cities and regions!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 996 visits
Cities and regions of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy are taking action to mitigate climate change, adapt to its unavoidable consequences and provide their citizens with access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
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