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Béatrice Alcaraz

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48 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

Greater Geneva : a cooperative cross-border area

Mr Crastes, running an ambitious energy policy in a single area or country is complicated enough by itself. Why have you decided to join forces with the Swiss section of the conurbation to implement the energy transition ? The Greater Geneva (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 13 novembre 2017 | 16h42 | 151 visits
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We are looking for a communications student - Join us !

We are looking for a communications student who loves to create engaging communications and who is at ease with writing journalistic style texts in English (French is a bonus). We’re sure you will enrich the communications team’s work with your (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 30 October 2017 | 15h33 | 298 visits
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Smart Cities: Are they smart enough?

Smart cities, an opportunity for sustainable development! By Laurent Tonnerre, Deputy Mayor of the City of Lorient New digital tools and uses offer a wealth of opportunities, provided, of course, they are not imposed on cities and are (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 26 October 2017 | 12h05 | 409 visits
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Financing the energy renovation of buildings: when budgets are low, creativity rises!

Soft loans - Residential sector (private residential buildings, social housing) Home owners can borrow money to carry out energy-efficient renovation work in their homes for a lower interest rate than the standard market conditions. There (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 September 2017 | 15h00 | 915 visits
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Smarter Together: Munich, when e-vehicles clean the streets!

The City of Munich’s Department of Construction has introduced two new electrically powered street cleaning vehicles. The two utility vehicles will be used to empty waste bins in and around the city-center pedestrian zone. They will also be (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 18 September 2017 | 11h34 | 764 visits
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The commons transition: it's all about pooling resources

Mr Bauwens, since March 2017, you have been assisting the city of Ghent, Belgium, with a “commons transition” project. At a time when European towns and cities are working on their roadmaps towards a desirable future by 2050, what can you tell us (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 26 July 2017 | 09h30 | 1131 visits
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Stuttgart : towards a carbon neutral city thanks to a local energy ownership

The energy remunicipalisation initiative was immediately backed up with an ambitious energy transition and citizen engagement agenda and a highly symbolic partnership: the setting up of a green electricity and gas supplier jointly with (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 July 2017 | 10h00 | 1143 visits
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European Energy Transition Conference - CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

A major event of energy transition stakeholders, the European conference gathers each year over 3,000 participants during 3 days. The organisators - Greater Geneva, the Communauté urbaine de Dunkerque, Bordeaux Métropole and ADEME, in (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 11 July 2017 | 11h37 | 1054 visits
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How Bristol took back control of its energy

Not only has the city council set ambitious energy transition objectives – reducing energy use by 30% and CO2 emissions by 40% between 2005 and 2020 - but the first results are extremely encouraging, with a 20% drop in energy use and an 18% (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 June 2017 | 12h30 | 882 visits
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Inventive measures and tools to accelerate cities' energy transition: Lisbon and Stuttgart in the spotlight!

Lisbon’s 2050 roadmap Lisbon, together with seven other European cities, (Barcelona, Copenhagen & Malmö, Istanbul, Lisbon, Litomerice, Milan & Turin, Rostock & Zagreb) designed local 2050 “post-carbon” roadmaps in the framework of the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 15 June 2017 | 16h32 | 1017 visits
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Carine Dartiguepeyrou: Accelerating the future

We are living in an era of rapidity and instantaneity. What is the impact of this acceleration on public action? Can a local government keep this “dictatorship of urgency” at bay? To my knowledge, no one has better explained this (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 29 May 2017 | 15h57 | 841 visits
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#100%RES - Recommendation 4: Engaging local stakeholders

And because many aspects of everyday life will be impacted by this 100% renewable energy vision, including housing, lighting, mobility, new technologies and consumption, fully engaging citizens and the various local stakeholders from the urban, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 30 March 2017 | 12h01 | 621 visits
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How to apply our 3D vision to Europe’s energy and climate policies?

The European energy system will have to undergo a major shift in order to transform the EU into decarbonized, sustainable and resilient society. Business-as-usual energy and climate policies will not be sufficient to reach this ambitious goal. A (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 28 March 2017 | 09h58 | 814 visits
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New start for the European Energy Award®

The European Energy Award® was an initiative launched by Switzerland, Austria and Germany (Land NordrheinWestfalen) in 2003. It’s a programme for planning and implementing energy and climate protection policy goals and mesures in municipalities. (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 16 March 2017 | 14h00 | 512 visits
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100%RES - Recommendation 3 : Funding renewable energy production and energy efficiency

It also means that the local authority is involved in project governance and can ensure that the territory will benefit from the profits made. Opening capital up to citizen investment contributes to improving project acceptance. This is possible (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 7 March 2017 | 17h37 | 781 visits
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Pamplona: How does the city take back control of its energy services?

In Pamplona, a city of 196,000 inhabitants located in north-eastern Spain, the shift to renewable and decentralised energy has become a clear political objective since the elections in 2015. Armando Cuenca is the Urban Ecology and Mobility (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 7 February 2017 | 16h21 | 972 visits
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100%RES - Recommendation 2 : Creating new urban-rural partnerships

New economic models and new players will thereby be able to enter the energy market. Whereas cities and metropolitan areas have rarely kept themselves busy with their gas, electricity and fuel supplies in the past, the development of renewable (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 2 February 2017 | 13h53 | 815 visits
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Devolve (to) : verb to be conjugated in the present to improve the future

[I devolve…] Devolution is the shift of competences for public services from central government to sub-national or quasi-independent organisations. These organisations enjoy varying degrees of autonomy and have their own budget. [You devolve…] (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 26 janvier 2017 | 15h38 | 638 visits
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#100%RES - Recommendation 1 : Giving long-term planning its rightful place

To be credible, this political message must be backed up with “no-regret” short-term measures and medium-term planning documents defining interim targets, for example a Territorial Climate, Air and Energy Plan or an energy masterplan. This entails (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 12 January 2017 | 14h26 | 807 visits
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Cities heading towards 100% renewable energy

Five European champions are showing the way forward, all signatories to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, these five cities and regions aim to develop a coherent energy system based on energy efficiency and the optimum use of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 6 December 2016 | 14h54 | 1283 visits
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Carbon credits: think local !

In most European countries, local authorities and their citizens have not seen a cent from the ETS revenues. Instead, many carbon intensive industries have benefited from the over-subsiding of carbon pollution through the ETS. This is the case (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 21 November 2016 | 11h53 | 620 visits
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#DIVEST - 3 steps to create your fossil-fuel free investment portfolio

A brief guide for cities 1- Identify where city money has been placed and shift it elsewhere Identify the stocks (pension funds etc.) your city owns (directly or indirectly) in fossil fuel holdings and sell them. End your administration’s (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 28 October 2016 | 10h03 | 599 visits
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First Net Zero Energy Buildings in Hadera (Israel), an example to follow

Hadera’s vision is to rais awareness amongst children about sustainability, energy efficiency and how they can protect the environment. The municipality is convinced that investing in education from preschool age will bear fruit. The NZEB (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 27 octobre 2016 | 12h16 | 789 visits
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Geneva (CH) says no to fossil energy!

This decision is the result of the joint commitment by the Council of State and SIG to developing renewable energy sources, a vital condition for achieving the energy transition in Switzerland. After freeing itself from nuclear energy, the (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 September 2016 | 08h22 | 671 visits
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European Energy Transition Conference - Call for contributions, deadline 20 september 2016 - 5 pm

This event is the major Rendez-vous of energy transition stakeholders and it gathers each year more than 2,000 participants over 3 days. Last year no less than 200 contributions were received and contributed to making the event a veritable (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 September 2016 | 16h00 | 1320 visits
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On the way to energy democracy

Members in the spotlight “Adopt a panel” in Helsinki Finland’s largest solar power plant hosted on the roof of the Kivikko ski hall is owned by the city of Helsinki. As part of this project, the city utility, Helen Ltd, had the brilliant idea of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 8 September 2016 | 11h17 | 624 visits
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Your office is almost empty? No one is around?

Since 2013 Energy Cities has provided you webinars in French, English or German on several thematics: Combined heat and power, Energy and Climate Plans, Internal contracting for municipalities, Living street: When citizens take back the streets (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 19 July 2016 | 09h02 | 684 visits
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Odense (DK) : Training craftsmen to accelerate the energy transition

The city of Odense therefore decided to join the Green Business Growth partnership, a partnership uniting municipalities, businesses and training centres, which has been in operation since 2009 (90% of the municipalities on Funen Island, of (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 27 June 2016 | 14h25 | 968 visits
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#Democracy - Making the city "an open transformation platform"

Energy Cities is promoting a transition that is not only technological, but primarily societal. What is your perception of energy democracy in a “smart” city? Considering that a smart city could be created by developing highly technological (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 20 June 2016 | 16h09 | 865 visits
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How to make Europe number 1 in Energy Efficiency?

Extracts from the press release Energy efficiency is the first fuel of the European Union. Policies are already implemented across all EU member states but we need more ambitious targets and a stronger framework for 2030. Claude Turmes, MEP, (...)

By Béatrice Alcaraz, on 24 May 2016 | 16h16 | 825 visits
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