Energy Cities, Local authorities in energy transition.
Energy Cities is the european association of local authorities in energy transition. The association created in 1990 represents now more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries.
Believe it or not, there is a bright future for our homes!
by Kinga Kovacs
15 Dec 2017 at 1:14am
Wow, what a great morning! The sun has risen and Mr Vinters* steps out of his warm bed. Mr Vinters slowly slips in his slippers and walks towards the huge crystal clear window and looks across the backyard. He sees his neighbour's house where finally the refurbishment works are finished and he suddenly remembers how terrible the conditions were in his apartment 28 years ago. Now, Mr Vinters can enjoy his warm apartment, healthy conditions with the fresh air mixed with the smell of the (...)
Renewable energy directive vote: No binding targets, but a strong framework f...
by Alix Bolle
8 Dec 2017 at 8:12am
Recently, the Industry, Transport and Energy committee of the European Parliament voted a draft report on the proposed directive for the promotion of renewable energy. Although strong cases had been made for the support of nationally-binding targets, the final vote only endorsed an EU level target, of 35% (instead of 27% as originally proposed by the Commission). On a brighter side, the proposals for community energy were well reinforced in the report.
An EU-wide 35% target with increased (...)
Members of EU Parliament vote for cities to have voice in national energy pla...
by Alix Bolle
8 Dec 2017 at 1:20am
Yesterday, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the energy and environment committees approved a report on the proposed governance of the Energy Union, including a provision that would require Member States to directly involve cities in national energy planning.
For the record, the proposed regulation on the governance of the Energy Union, which the European Commission published in November of last year, was essentially meant to ensure the EU as a whole is on track to achieve its (...)
Encounter with our georgian member, Rustavi
by Christophe Fréring
7 Dec 2017 at 6:44am
On 28 and 29 November 2017, in Tbilisi (Georgia), some 20 selected journalists from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova participated in a workshop organised by the Covenant of Mayors East Office in order for them to get more familiar with the objectives and processes of the world's biggest urban climate and energy initiative.
After the indoor presentations of the first day, the delegation visited the city of Rustavi ? the first Georgian Energy Cities member ? in order to see some concrete (...)
A new ecological and friendly park in Hadera, Israel
by Béatrice Alcaraz
4 Dec 2017 at 5:41am
Whether you wish to do some sport, discuss with friends, have fun with your children or simply do ... nothing! - the Eco Park is the new place to be in Hadera!
Built at the heart of a recent and developing neighbourhood, Hadera's Eco Park is a unique ecological park covering 86,111 yards.
Why "Eco Park" ?
The park was built with a special focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, while reflecting the historical nature of Hadera.
The Eco-Park enjoys a "micro-climate" influencing the (...)
COP23: Cities keen on shoulder-to-shoulder climate action
by Miriam Eisermann
23 Nov 2017 at 7:17am
Where has EU leadership in energy and climate issues gone? Mrs Merkel has been having a hard time defending her "climate chancellor" label, while we are still wondering about Mr Macron as he wishes to verify Europe's political will at his new summit on climate mobilisation on December 12th. The big emittors - amongst which is the European Union - know about their GHG balance, but they still critically lack ambitious policies for reaching the 2-degree limit agreed in Paris.
Tampere (Finland) : low energy and carbon solutions in housing cooperatives
by Blandine Pidoux
15 Nov 2017 at 4:54am
Low Carbon Housing Tampere Plus (TARMO+) is a three-year ERDF funded project run by the energy agency of Tampere for the promotion of low-energy and carbon solutions in residential housing. It mainly focuses on strengthening cooperation between all stakeholders on the territory.
In line with the city strategy 2025 and based on a true multi-stakeholder approach, TARMO+ has so far facilitated cooperation activities between 250 housing cooperatives and 50 local energy services companies who (...)
Greater Geneva : a cooperative cross-border area
by Béatrice Alcaraz
13 Nov 2017 at 7:42am
The Swiss partners from the Cantons of Vaud and Geneva and their French counterparts have devised a shared vision of their territory's development combining mobility, urban development and environmental measures, spurred on by the ?Conurbation Project? approach promoted by the Swiss Confederation since 2007 and eligible to co-funding.
Energy Cities met Pierre Jean Crastes, co-President of Greater Geneva's Cross-border Energy Community and Vice-President for the energy transition at the (...)
progRESsHEAT Final dissemination webinars: How to accelerate the deployment o...
by Floriane Cappelletti
10 Nov 2017 at 1:56am
Over the past 2,5 years, the progRESsHEAT project has been seeking to assist local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewables in heating and cooling networks.
The project is now coming to an end, and the team wishes to share and discuss the results through a series of 4 webinars, each focusing on some specific aspects of heating and cooling analysis and planning at local and national level.
Save the date for the 2018 EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony and Investment Forum!
by Floriane Cappelletti
8 Nov 2017 at 7:01am
As the Covenant of Mayors will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, and with the 2020 milestone coming closer, you are invited to the Covenant Ceremony and Investment Forum to be held on 21 and 22 February 2018 in Brussels.
The EU is modernizing its energy, climate and transport legislation to better serve its citizens and deliver on its commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement. This will require active local participation to succeed while offering cities and communities new tools (...)