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Friday 8 December 2017

Members of EU Parliament vote for cities to have voice in national energy planning
By Alix Bolle | 395 visits
Yesterday, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the energy and environment committees approved a report on the proposed governance of the Energy Union, including a provision that would require Member States to directly involve cities in national energy planning.
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Thursday 7 December 2017

Encounter with our georgian member, Rustavi
By Christophe Fréring | 236 visits
On 28 and 29 November 2017, in Tbilisi (Georgia), some 20 selected journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova participated in a workshop organised by the Covenant of Mayors East Office in order for them to get more familiar with the objectives and processes of the world’s biggest urban climate and energy initiative.
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Monday 4 December 2017

A new ecological and friendly park in Hadera, Israel
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 436 visits
Whether you wish to do some sport, discuss with friends, have fun with your children or simply do ... nothing! - the Eco Park is the new place to be in Hadera!
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Thursday 23 November 2017

COP23: Cities keen on shoulder-to-shoulder climate action
By Miriam Eisermann | 578 visits
Where has EU leadership in energy and climate issues gone? Mrs Merkel has been having a hard time defending her "climate chancellor" label, while we are still wondering about Mr Macron as he wishes to verify Europe's political will at his new summit on climate mobilisation on December 12th. The big emittors - amongst which is the European Union - know about their GHG balance, but they still critically lack ambitious policies for reaching the 2-degree limit agreed in Paris.
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Wednesday 15 November 2017

Tampere (Finland) : low energy and carbon solutions in housing cooperatives
By Blandine Pidoux | 569 visits
Low Carbon Housing Tampere Plus (TARMO+) is a three-year ERDF funded project run by the energy agency of Tampere for the promotion of low-energy and carbon solutions in residential housing. It mainly focuses on strengthening cooperation between all stakeholders on the territory.
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Monday 13 November 2017

Greater Geneva : a cooperative cross-border area
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 565 visits
The Swiss partners from the Cantons of Vaud and Geneva and their French counterparts have devised a shared vision of their territory’s development combining mobility, urban development and environmental measures, spurred on by the “Conurbation Project” approach promoted by the Swiss Confederation since 2007 and eligible to co-funding. Energy Cities met Pierre Jean Crastes, co-President of Greater Geneva’s Cross-border Energy Community and Vice-President for the energy transition at the Metropolitan Pole of the French Geneva area.
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Friday 10 November 2017

progRESsHEAT Final dissemination webinars: How to accelerate the deployment of renewables in heating & cooling systems?
By Floriane Cappelletti | 717 visits
Over the past 2,5 years, the progRESsHEAT project has been seeking to assist local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewables in heating and cooling networks.
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Wednesday 8 November 2017

Save the date for the 2018 EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony and Investment Forum!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1127 visits
As the Covenant of Mayors will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, and with the 2020 milestone coming closer, you are invited to the Covenant Ceremony and Investment Forum to be held on 21 and 22 February 2018 in Brussels.
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Monday 6 November 2017

Smarter Together - political commitment in the energy transition process in Santiago
By Francisco Gonçalves | 621 visits
On the 25th and 26th October, Energy Cities co-organized a thematic workshop with Santiago de Compostela Municipality. This event took place in this Galician town within the frame of Smarter Together project.
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Monday 30 October 2017

We are looking for a communications student - Join us !
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 673 visits
Do you want to support our communications around city actions in the energy transition, especially through our digital channels? Apply now and join us for 3-6 months
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Thursday 26 October 2017

Smart Cities: Are they smart enough?
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 717 visits
Where do Energy Cities members stand? Two French members have shared with us their definition of a “smart city” with, hovering in the background, a few question marks.
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Friday 13 October 2017

Climate and Energy: Shift in national policies well underway
By Claire Roumet | 1361 visits
“The grownups have finally won” analyses The Guardian at the announcement of the UK’s new climate strategy. Called the ‘clean growth strategy’ and published on October 12th, it echoes the choices made two days before by the new Dutch government to in essence revolutionize the Dutch energy system.
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Wednesday 4 October 2017

How to finance your SECAP: Join the PROSPECT EU-wide peer-to-peer learning programme
By Blandine Pidoux | 1342 visits
Securing financing for sustainable energy projects remains a great challenge for most EU local authorities. Energy Cities is a partner of the new European H2020 PROSPECT project that aims at boosting cities and regions’ skills and expertise through the development and implementation of an ambitious European-wide peer-to-peer learning programme.
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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Lisbon : City administration and citizens working together to improve life in sensible urban areas
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1152 visits
Several years ago, the City of Lisbon launched the BIP/ZIP strategy, aiming to promote social and territorial cohesion, active citizenship, self-organisation and community participation.
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Thursday 21 September 2017

New EU decision lifts key barrier to investing in energy efficiency projects
By David Donnerer | 1259 visits
On the 19th of September, the EU statistical service Eurostat published a new guidance note on how to classify Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) in government accounts. This new guidance note, effective immediately, clarifies and makes it easier for public authorities to finance energy efficiency projects of their buildings and infrastructure. The new rules allow for accounting energy efficiency investments off the balance sheets, thereby not contributing to government deficit and debt.
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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Financing the energy renovation of buildings: when budgets are low, creativity rises!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 945 visits
While ensuring proper energy renovation of the EU’s building stock is crucial to achieve our energy transition, austerity and cuts in public budgets limit the action of local authorities. So a number of Energy Cities members have been testing 3 innovative financing schemes... and it works!
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Wednesday 20 September 2017

United in Diversity? What Europe can do with its energy policy
By Alix Bolle | 846 visits
By Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan Republished from Euractiv - 13 sept. 2017 As the energy market is being shaken up by the arrival of new local players, one crucial objective should be to guarantee diversity in the governance representation, write Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan, respectively Directors of Energy Cities and REScoop.eu
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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independant citizens’ commission hands over its report to the metropolitan council
By Blandine Pidoux | 904 visits
The results of Nantes’ Great Debate on the energy transition, the only one of its kind in France - and possibly in Europe - by its scope and the diversity of the measures taken, have been presented on September 12th, one year after its launch.
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Monday 18 September 2017

Smarter Together: Munich, when e-vehicles clean the streets!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 790 visits
SMARTER TOGETHER is a joint project that aims to improve citizen’s quality of life in nowadays transforming cities. Three lighthouse cities will implement the main demonstration activities in specific districts, monitor the results and upscale solutions at local level. FOCUS ON MUNICH and its e-vehicles!
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Thursday 14 September 2017

Apply to the European Commission’s international city-to-city cooperation programme!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 907 visits
Cities in the member states of the European Union who wish to exchange with a city facing similar challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply for the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development.
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