Save the date: Energy Cities’ Conference on 1-3 June 2016 in Western Turkey
By on 30 September 2015
The upcoming edition of Energy Cities’ Conference provides a unique opportunity to
- explore the strengths and weaknesses of European energy policy and
- the way the EU cooperates with its neighbours
from the point of view of a country whose regional and global role is drastically evolving: Turkey.
Because of its geographical and strategic location as a bridge between the East and the West, ancient and modern culture, Turkey is a particularly interesting spot to discuss the transformation of urban landscapes. Despite current political difficulties, Turkish local authorities are committed to making the cities livable, using local resources efficiently and involving local people. By committing to the Covenant of Mayors, for example, the local level aligns with current European and international energy and climate strategies on job creation, enhancing standards of living and building a low-carbon economy.
Universal access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy services for all, social inclusion, local renewable energy sources, energy-water nexus, resource-efficiency…these are but a few missions that cities in European Member States have in common with Turkish cities. Managing resources while addressing economic and demographic challenges is particularly critical along the highly urbanized Mediterranean coast. Six months after COP21 and right in the middle of Green Week 2016, we will take stock of energy and climate policies at local, national and international scales.
Get political updates and share practical, innovative experiences. The conference will attract several hundred policy-makers and practitioners engaged in the energy transition.
The Municipality of Bornova, located in Izmir metropolitain area, the third largest city of the country, is one of the oldest, but also dynamic and young populated local authorities of Turkey. Bornova joined our network in 2011 and is active in our Board of Directors since 2013. The city’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan has been completed with a 25% percent CO2 emission reductions target. Bornova, one of our six member cities in Turkey, was the first city in the country to participate in the ENGAGE campaign.
More information on the conference programme will be released in the coming months: www.energy-cities.eu/-Annual-Conference-