Blandine Pidoux

Information Manager

27 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independant citizens' commission hands over its report to the metropolitan council

Nantes Métropole signed the Covenant of Mayors in 2008 with the aim of reducing its GHG emissions by 50% and tripling its local renewable production by 2030. To accelerate its energy transition, the Metropolitan Council made the political choice (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 19 September 2017 | 16h16 | 189 visits


District energy of tomorrow : French-Nordic collaborative seminar, Paris 8th June

The Embassy of Sweden Trade Council , together with 4 other Nordic embassies (Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway) invite you to a French-Nordic seminar on "District Heating and Cooling of tomorrow" to be held in Paris on June 8th, in close (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 11 May 2017 | 11h43 | 759 visits


Mayors launch call for citizen-oriented overhaul of the EU

After Europe celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, it’s up to cities to blow out the EU Covenant of Mayors candles in a few months, marking 10 years of integrated climate and energy action plans. Given their strong expertise in (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 3 May 2017 | 15h33 | 1325 visits


Creation of a new city partnership in Greece and Cyprus for future smart city developments

The aim of the meeting - at the initiative of our member city Aradippou - was the creation of an inter-municipal partnership enabling the participating Municipalities to develop as Smart Cities within the wider region of Greece-Cyprus at the (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 25 April 2017 | 16h02 | 1442 visits


The Union of Communities of Armenia joins Energy Cities !

The main objectives of UCA are to strengthen local democracy in Armenia, advocate the interests of local self-governmental bodies (LSG), implement the “European Charter of Local Self-Government” in Armenia and ensure the provision of development (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 19 avril 2017 | 10h28 | 679 visits


#Stuttgart2017 Final programme online!

Will you be part of the Energy Cities’ Annual Conference? Have a look at the final programme and register before 14th April! 40 INTERACTIVE SESSIONS to question, debate and learn from peers 2 INSPIRING TALKS to think big 1 PLENARY DEBATE (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 31 March 2017 | 12h52 | 1257 visits


Join us in Stuttgart and learn from your peers in 40 interactive sessions!

Come and find out how the 3D - Divestment, Democracy and Devolution - give impetus to new ideas on innovative energy and climate initiatives on the ground ! Listen to the stories of the cities of Stuttgart, Lisbon, Utrecht, Manchester, (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 9 mars 2017 | 12h55 | 742 visits


Just released! Two new guidebooks on financing the energy renovation of public and residential buildings

Whereas 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 (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 21 February 2017 | 10h45 | 1532 visits


An EU Roadmap 2050 (and other results) from the "Post-carbon cities of tomorrow" project

According to the roadmap, representatives of cities should be formally appointed to influence UN, EU and national decisions. In light with the subsidiarity principle, the EU should also support the process of allocating the relevant competences (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 17 janvier 2017 | 16h29 | 598 visits


Save the date! Energy Cities' Annual Conference - 26-28 April 2017

In 2017, Energy Cities’ Conference will be hosted by the German city of Stuttgart, well-known for its industrial activity as well as for its foresighted climate and energy policy. In a region which can be considered the birthplace of the German (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 13 décembre 2016 | 16h26 | 688 visits


A Good summer energy in Bielsko-Biała!

As every year, the event supported by the Municipality of Bielsko-Biała, has attracted an impressive number of participants: nearly 600 preschoolers from 20 kindergartens, 1200 students from elementary schools, middle schools and high schools (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 23 August 2016 | 14h08 | 487 visits


High-performance renovation of schools : a toolkit to do much better

Intended for elected members, their technical departments as well as for building professionnals, the "ZEMedS School Technical & Financial Toolkit" highlights the numerous benefits of an efficient renovation and offers a methodology and (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 5 July 2016 | 15h08 | 770 visits


#Bornova2016 - Get into the Grand Bazaar!

On Thursday 2nd of June, two forum sessions will enable participants to the conference to present and discuss their most innovative and successful initiatives, in small groups and in a very interactive way. Like in an oriental bazaar, you will (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 20 mai 2016 | 12h51 | 1037 visits


Malmö awarded in Brussels for its outstanding mobility plan

The SUMP award ceremony 2016 (Copyright European Mobility Week) The jury particulary appreciated how the city is committed in an integrated planning process that focuses on creating an efficient multimodal network, as well as on social and (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 17 mai 2016 | 14h49 | 609 visits


New dialogues between cities & local stakeholders

Local authorities have a key role to play in climate and energy policies and in the energy transition towards a low carbon, energy efficient and sustainable society. However, they cannot act alone. They often control only a small percentage of (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 10 mai 2016 | 12h38 | 1157 visits


Annual Conference: registration and call for contributions open!

3 Networking days – 30 Interactive forums – 6 High-level plenaries and their speakers’ corner – 1 Mayors’ peer-to-peer session This is the biggest event of our network representing over 1,000 European cities and regions. You will meet several (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 22 March 2016 | 12h55 | 689 visits


Thessaloniki (GR) and Bottrop (DE), together in the "Municipalities for a strong Europe" Initiative

The workshop was part of the "Growth initiative: Municipalities for a strong Europe" pilot project, launched in the framework of the European Growth Initiative program implemented by HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform (HVGP). The aim of this (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 9 March 2016 | 09h51 | 840 visits


Barreiro: the foresighted bike booster

Acknowledging the increasing importance of bikes in the city In its resolution adopted at the end of 2015, the Barreiro City Council recalls "the current importance of addressing quality of life by tackling air quality, noise and GHG emissions (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 18 February 2016 | 11h30 | 501 visits


Energy efficiency: Rustavi among the best municipalities in Georgia

Mr. Nodar Javakhishvili – Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure and Mr David Jikia – Mayor of Rustavi It is during the conference “Local Self-Government - Best Practices 2015”, that took place in our member city of Tbilisi on 12 (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 23 December 2015 | 13h22 | 667 visits


Energy Cities’ best practice database has been revamped

More content Discover about 500 examples illustrating all energy transition aspects in Europe : local resources, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, governance, social innovation, financing ... and, coming soon, a whole new series of best (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 3 novembre 2015 | 18h28 | 809 visits


City of Lorient getting the European Energy Award Label at the first attempt

Lorient achieved 245.1 points out of the maximum score of 405.7, i.e. 60% of its potential, and well above the 50% required to obtain the Cit’ergie label (French transposition of the EEA label). The European Energy Award (and its French (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 27 octobre 2015 | 10h48 | 726 visits


Energy Cities creates a permanent working group on sustainable mobility

The CitiZEN project which runs until 2017 tackles urban mobility in it various aspects. This includes the development and update of local Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, the promotion of soft modes (cycling and walking), traffic control, good (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 5 octobre 2015 | 09h34 | 1072 visits


Lausanne explores the geothermal option for its 2000-watt eco-disctrict

To meet the challenge, Lausanne’s industrial departments are actively seeking new renewable energy sources and explore the possibilities provided by geothermal energy, which is not so used in Switzerland yet but shows great potential. With this (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 28 avril 2015 | 16h48 | 802 visits


LIFE+ for the Energy and Climate Plan of Essonne County (France)

The outcomes after 4 years of cross-sector project work : Creation of an Ecological Material Library : this resource and consulting centre in the heart of the Departmental Organisation for Habitat raises the awareness of all territorial (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 9 avril 2015 | 11h43 | 662 visits


Litoměřice, the next Czech post-carbon city

Our member city of Litoměřice (CZ) hosted two workshops on visioning and backcasting in November and December 2014. In total, these workshops are conducted in 8 European case study cities throughout the duration of the European 7FP project (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 23 mars 2015 | 17h41 | 965 visits


Liège, partner city of the new Smart City Institute

This new academic institute aims at stimulating research, teaching, innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of the “smart city”. From its beginning, a real national and international perspective will be given to the activities led by the (...)

By Blandine Pidoux, on 13 février 2015 | 14h45 | 1049 visits


2015, a very special year for Energy Cities...

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By Blandine Pidoux, on 7 janvier 2015 | 11h10 | 690 visits

Map of members
Union of Communities of Armenia (AM) Armenia | Agencia de Energia & Ambiente da Arrabida - Energy agency Portugal | Mariupol Ukraine | Cities Northern Netherlands (NL) Belgium | Lisboa E-Nova - Energy agency Portugal
Events to come
Ensuring all voices are heard: the role of stakeholder involvement in the development of long-term strategies
Tuesday 26 September 09:30-11:00

"Small Communities, Big Ideas" CIVITAS Forum 2017
From 27 to 29 September

Rencontres Nationales "Énergie et territoires ruraux, vers des territoires à énergie positive"
From 27 to 29 September

progRESsHEAT webinar: Estimating and mapping potentials for industrial excess heat - Methods and results from four studies
Friday 29 September 10:00-11:30

URBACT City Festival 2017
From 3 to 5 October

Choosing the route to Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in the Med area: a pathway to policies and practices
From 4 October 14:00 to 6 October 12:30

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