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.
Transition cities: there is life after coal!
by Sara Giovannini
13 Nov 2018 at 7:55am
Energy transition in coal mining regions is not a new issue, but lately, it has come up often in my newsfeed. I am sure you have heard about the protests against the expansion of a coal mine in the ancient Hambach Forest in Germany. Articles and declarations on the possible consequences of the energy transition on urban environment, regional identities and jobs quickly followed. But the more I read about innovative cities' actions and renewables transition stories, the less I believe in (...)
Policy brief: Retrofutur, a counter-history of energy innovations
by Claire Roumet
6 Nov 2018 at 12:42am
Claire Roumet, Executive director of Energy Cities
As first cold arrives, you just want to sit by the fire and travel without really moving. For once, in this "political" editorial, I'm going to talk about a book, an invitation to temporal and spatial exploration, an amazing itinerary through the meanders of energy innovation over the centuries.
Retrofutur, a counter-history of energy innovations
This collective book is based on the investigations of paleo-researchers and volunteer (...)
The top 13 values that bind Ordinary Energy Transition Pioneers (POTEs)
26 Oct 2018 at 12:53am
By Carine Dartiguepeyrou and Christiane Maurer
?A value is a human quality to which we attribute importance, which we express by means of what we think, say and do, and recognize in what others say and do.?
Kenton Hyatt and Cheryl De Ciantis, What's Important, Understanding and Working with Values Perspectives, Integral Publishers, 2014.
Since late 2017, the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region and Energy Cities, in partnership with ADEME and Mister Lion, have been organizing the POTEs network to (...)
This small town model will help you boost energy efficiency actions in buildi...
by Sara Giovannini
24 Oct 2018 at 12:31am
Located at the outskirts of Larnaca (Cyprus), Aradippou is a small town with a big vision. Thanks to its size, its homogenous building stock and its Mayor's ambitious vision, the city is testing innovative financing solutions in energy efficiency.
The municipality has already set up a soft loan scheme for photovoltaics in collaboration with the Cyprus Cooperative Bank. Through its participation in the Horizon 2020 INNOVATE project, Aradippou wants to develop a similar financing scheme for (...)
New publication out: Local energy and climate roadmaps - 5 city visions for 2050
by David Donnerer
21 Oct 2018 at 11:49pm
The EU is currently designing a new 2050 strategy for reducing its GHG emissions, which should be in line with the Paris climate agreement. Many European cities have already engaged in this crucial long-term exercise. Check out our new publication that shines the light on 5 exemplary local energy and climate roadmaps for 2050!
Going beyond energy and climate policies in long-term roadmaps
On the surface, developing a mid-century energy and climate roadmap appears as an undertaking solely (...)
Support a fair energy transition by sharing your city's experience
by Floriane Cappelletti
17 Oct 2018 at 12:43am
"A city is not gauged by its length and width, but the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams" ? Herb Caen
Municipalities are centers of innovative ideas and practices that can lead to a fair, clean and democratic energy future.
The mPOWER project offers to support and connect cities and towns through its city-to-city learning programme. Strategic solutions and local successes will be shared and replicated.
mPOWER is currently seeking to identify, disseminate and (...)
Policy brief: A call for local liberties
by Claire Roumet
16 Oct 2018 at 1:14am
by Claire Roumet, Executive director of Energy Cities
A battle of figures and concepts is being fought in Brussels and the UN negotiations. Now is the time to translate the Paris agreement into practical action. There are those in favour of net-zero emissions, of negative emissions, of the utopian 1.5°C target and those advocating for a more realistic 2°C target. I must confess that I find all these discussions boring, but admit that they are vital. Because they illustrate in a tangible way (...)
Covenant Cities in the Spotlight: And the winners are... [drum roll]
by Floriane Cappelletti
11 Oct 2018 at 6:53am
Yesterday, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete announced the winners of the first ever Covenant Cities in the Spotlight awards at the European Week of Regions and Cities. Two of them are members of the Energy Cities network! Small-sized (
Monsano, Italy See Monsano's Covenant of Mayors profile Medium-sized (10,000- 250,000 inhabitants)
Curious about what they do?
> Sønderborg's Covenant of Mayors (...)
How can local Franco-German cooperation accelerate the energy transition?
by Béatrice Karas
10 Oct 2018 at 12:00am
Through dialogues, exchanges, meetings, mobilisation of territories as in the TANDEM project or during the conference on the pioneering territories of the energy transition held in Montreuil in early September.
Implementation of the German ?Energiewende' and the French ?transition énergétique' is making slow progress. Some years ago, France and Germany adopted ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction programmes. Although both countries would like to take the lead in meeting the goals of the (...)
Ready for a collaborative adventure in sustainable energy ?
by Tatjana Veith
9 Oct 2018 at 12:27am
Do you believe that participatory processes can help you achieve better outcomes and more effective sustainable energy policies ?
Then take a look at this game book ! Taking citizen participation to another level
Participatory processes are great. They allow us to overcome the challenges of modern democracy, such as the lack of trust and transparency, disconnectedness between citizens and their governments and political disenchantment. But they also share the work of energy (...)