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jeudi 2 août 2018

Fostering District Heating and Cooling in European Cities – Policy recommendations from the HEATNET project
By Sara Giovannini | 804 visits
You have probably heard about the advantages of District Heating and Cooling systems : they increase energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the development of a greener economy. But what can be done to foster the supply of renewable and low carbon heat to our buildings ? Our experts just released a set of recommendations for policy makers to promote District Heating and Cooling in North-West Europe !
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lundi 30 juillet 2018

EU energy policy : what’s in store for you in the fall ?
By David Donnerer | 756 visits
Ever heard of JOMO ? It stands for “joy of missing out.” For this summer’s newsletter, we thought you’d have a much easier time chilling out during your vacation if you know now what to expect upon your return.
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Thursday 26 July 2018

From energy funds to match-funding: innovative ways of financing the energy transition at the local level
By Sara Giovannini | 719 visits
With the next budget of the European Union on the way, Energy Cities’ policy intelligence is directing much of its focus on how this budget will allocate more funding for the energy transition. But let’s not forget that EU funds, however important, are not the only instrument cities have to finance their green development. Recently, I came across some interesting cases of cities taking the matter into their own hands. Call it foresight. Call it being forced by necessity. It doesn’t matter: alternative funding is their plan B to make their projects a reality!
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Wednesday 25 July 2018

The Covenant of Mayors - Europe is launching the Cities in the Spotlight awards
By Floriane Cappelletti | 703 visits
In the 10th year of the initiative, the Covenant of Mayors wishes to reward signatories that have been working within the Covenant framework and achieving remarkable progress in their local energy and climate action. The 1st Covenant Cities in the Spotlight call is now open!
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Tuesday 24 July 2018

How deep is your love…for cars? Hamburg’s methods to reduce emissions
By Tatjana Veith | 657 visits
Germans are a truly cool people, but when it comes to their cars, some of them can’t take a joke. Germans love their BMWs, VWs and Porsches and are very proud of their country’s ability to make such good ones. It looks like car lovers will have to prepare for tougher times, however. Following this year’s decision by the German Federal Administrative Court to ban old diesel cars from city centres, cities are starting to take action.
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Thursday 19 July 2018

Spain: new policy, new energy for cities
By Miriam Eisermann | 801 visits
Spain recently made quite remarkable strides in the energy domain. The country’s newly created Ministry for Ecological Transition is headed up by Teresa Ribera, an expert in sustainable development. Ms. Ribera is unequivocally in favour of the EU’s ambitious goals for renewables and energy efficiency, and has issued a plan calling for the repeal of Spain’s infamous sun tax. It is also expected that a long-awaited climate change law and the country’s integrated energy and climate plan will be enacted by the end of the year.
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Monday 16 July 2018

Investing in solar energy: follow the unusual example of a Belgian cooperative
By Béatrice Karas | 818 visits
It is a first in Belgium! At a time when citizens’ initiatives are mushrooming across Europe , in Mouscron the community energy cooperative COOPEM was launched …. by the municipality!
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Thursday 12 July 2018

Joint contribution: Models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities in energy transition in Europe
By Sara Giovannini | 711 visits
At the request of the upcoming Austrian presidency of the European Council, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an opinion on models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities in energy transition in Europe. Energy Cities prepared a joint contribution together with ResCoop.EU, the European federation for renewable energy cooperatives.
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Wednesday 11 July 2018

Community voices in Luzy: village of the future, mates of the future
By Béatrice Karas | 538 visits
I am part of the facilitation team supporting POTEs (Ordinary Energy Transition Pioneers) at Energy Cities. POTEs are every-day-life innovators and visionaries working in areas related to the energy transition that Energy Cities, the Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region and ADEME, the French national energy conservation and environment agency, are forming into a network. As part of this initiative, we organise visits to various POTEs so they can meet, share ideas and build projects. On Wednesday 12th July, we were at Luzy to discover the Village in Transition movement.
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Wednesday 4 July 2018

Road to a replication strategy in our follower cities: Intensive Lab Session in Santiago de Compostela
By Francisco Gonçalves | 555 visits
On the 5th and 6th June, the city of Santiago de Compostela organised the first Intensive Lab Session, within the project Smarter Together.
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Monday 2 July 2018

Policy brief: Claude Turmes pulling off another magic trick
By Claire Roumet | 512 visits
In the middle of the night of 19th to 20th June, a final agreement between the Council, the Parliament and the European Commission was reached on the “Governance of the Energy Union” Directive, in the wake of the Renewable Energy (14th June) and Energy Efficiency (19th June) Directives . We are now on the home stretch: just the “electricity market design” piece is missing to put the final touch to the new EU Energy and Climate legal landscape.
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jeudi 28 juin 2018

Richness of ideas vs. fuel poverty : policy initiatives to make energy affordable for all
By Sara Giovannini | 598 visits
At the beginning of June, the city of Cadiz was awarded with the Transformative City award for its action plan against energy poverty. The plan was developed by a group of unemployed citizens, who previously had been trained as energy advisers and given an eight-month contract by the city council. With one stone, Cadiz killed not two but three birds : thanks to the plan, they tackled unemployment in their region while raising awareness on energy issues and helping the ones in need.
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Tuesday 26 June 2018

Better data can grant cities more ownership
By Martin Freire | 1009 visits
Marseille's eco-district of Îlot Allar uses seawater for heating and cooling through a new private initiative: Massileo. This renewable technology is likely to expand in the coming years, but what does this mean for public ownership of the energy systems?
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Monday 25 June 2018

Mentoring activities in innovative financing: Why not you?
By Blandine Pidoux | 594 visits
Your city or region has ambitious energy and climate objectives and your local strategies and action plans are ready. Moreover, you have already managed to secure financing for your projects, mobilising other financial sources than your local budget. You have also implemented innovative financing schemes that mobilise citizens, local stakeholders, financing institutions and investors funds...
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Monday 25 June 2018

Viladecans - a story of eggs and of a local energy transition agency
By Tatjana Veith | 642 visits
We are often told that putting all eggs into one basket is risky. Well, there are some baskets doing actually very well. Read this story of Viladecans, a city with 65.000 inhabitants next to Barcelona that connected its local players around a multi-service Public-Private-Citizen Partnership, matching energy supply, energy currency, energy savings services, deep energy renovation investments and renewable energy production.
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Thursday 21 June 2018

Small islands, big moves: Renewable off-grid solutions across the sea
By Sara Giovannini | 600 visits
Summer is here! As you might read this story in your office, how about a virtual trip to some beautiful islands? Put on your sunglasses and hop with us from Samsø (Denmark) over to Tilos (Greece) and then to El Hierro (Spain), three islands championing renewable energy deployment.
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Wednesday 20 June 2018

EU deal on Energy Union Governance enables local authorities to participate in designing national climate and energy futures
By David Donnerer | 712 visits
At 4 am this morning, the EU institutions reached an agreement on a key component of the Energy Union, the regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. Through this regulation, the EU defines the political process for ensuring that the EU's mid- and long-term energy and climate objectives are met. Member States will have to draft 2030 national energy and climate plans and involve stakeholders, including local authorities, in the design and implementation of their plans.
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Thursday 14 June 2018

EU taking big step forward toward energy democracy
By Sara Giovannini | 828 visits
Early this morning the European Parliament and the European Council reached an agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive: by 2030 the EU will have to increase renewables to 32% share of the energy supply and in order to reach this binding target, for the first time, an explicit role for citizens and communities is foreseen.
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Thursday 31 May 2018

Air, Climate, Energy: all responsible
By Claire Roumet | 625 visits
Policy brief by Claire Roumet
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Tuesday 29 May 2018

Blockchain: bringing cooperation to the energy market
By David Donnerer | 760 visits , By Miriam Eisermann | 760 visits
Think of an ant hill. Imagine hundreds, thousands of little self-organised insects moving in all directions, some of them handing tiny pieces of leaves over to their companion. Everything goes fast, nothing gets lost. Ants are driven by cooperation, not competition. I know, blockchain is far more complex than that, but isn’t it also about transactions, cooperation and trust? And as much as ants, this disruptive technology is about balancing an entire, often urban, ecosystem.
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