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Sara Giovannini

11 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

Fostering District Heating and Cooling in European Cities – Policy recommendations from the HEATNET project

Recently we have heard a lot of stories about the development of district heating (DH) networks : from Marseille’s eco-district of Îlot Allar to Bordeaux’s plan to develop a DH network powered by geothermal energy, but also London using waste heat (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 2 août 2018 | 11h00 | 341 visits
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From energy funds to match-funding: innovative ways of financing the energy transition at the local level

You may have heard the news this month: the Mayor of London has launched a £500 million energy efficiency fund (MEEF). The money is meant to support small businesses’ and public-sector organisations’ investment in reducing their bills and cutting (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 26 July 2018 | 11h28 | 394 visits
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Joint contribution: Models of local energy ownership and the role of local energy communities in energy transition in Europe

The following points were highlighted in our contribution, together with a series of examples and best practices for the rapporteur Ms Mariana Gaju to consider: Only by distributing control among local actors will we be able to get to a fair (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 12 July 2018 | 15h23 | 569 visits
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Richness of ideas vs. fuel poverty: policy initiatives to make energy affordable for all

We congratulate Cadiz for this award and take it as an opportunity to have a closer look into this thorny subject. With more than 50.000 households in Europe struggling to pay their energy bills, fuel poverty has been high on cities’ agenda for (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 28 juin 2018 | 10h30 | 529 visits
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Small islands, big moves: Renewable off-grid solutions across the sea

Because of their isolated position and their separation from the “mainland”, islands tend to depend on fossil fuel imports to get the energy they need. However, their easy access to renewable sources such as wind and wave energy presents an (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 21 June 2018 | 10h23 | 531 visits
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EU taking big step forward toward energy democracy

After a long night of negotiations, the Parliament and the Council reached a final agreement on how Europe will implement renewables over the next decades. The agreement marks an important step forward toward energy democracy, as not only it (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 14 June 2018 | 16h55 | 753 visits
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Cities: testbeds for energy innovation – Energy Atlas 2018

Changing national laws and policies is cumbersome, time-consuming and risky: what if the law or policy proves to be a dud? Cities, on the other hand, can be a hotbed of innovation. They are big enough to try out new ideas on a large scale, but (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 15 May 2018 | 17h16 | 942 visits
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HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR CITIES - FOUR #RENNES2018 LESSONS LEARNT

“To what extent does your municipality get a strong citizen participation when developing and implementing policies? Imagine a virtual line between yourself and this stage, where our transition pioneers are sitting. Let’s say the stage is the (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 8 May 2018 | 09h58 | 790 visits
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European Mobility Week Award: What Vienna and Igoumenitsa tell us about using streets differently

The EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK takes place each year in September. Since 2002, it provides cities and towns with an opportunity to present and test sustainable mobility alternatives with their residents and to discuss with a wider group of (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 28 March 2018 | 14h51 | 936 visits
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Joint briefing: Building on local climate and energy experience in Energy Union Governance

Despite the increasing involvement and growing political weight of local actors in European climate and energy discussions, notably through the Covenant of Mayors, these front-runners do not have a permanent political structure which recognises (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 26 March 2018 | 10h06 | 929 visits
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French cities call for decentralisation of energy policy

Regional and local level are extremely important to reach the objectives set by the Paris Agreement but in France, as in other European Countries, most of the levers are still controlled by national government and national operators. As a (...)

By Sara Giovannini, on 23 March 2018 | 09h07 | 1042 visits
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