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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.

Climate and Energy: Shift in national policies well underway
by Claire Roumet
13 Oct 2017 at 7:03am

?The grownups have finally won? analyses The Guardian at the announcement of the UK's new climate strategy. Called the ?clean growth strategy' and published on October 12th, it echoes the choices made two days before by the new Dutch government to in essence revolutionize the Dutch energy system.
Time to be bold, time to clearly set the direction, and there is no ambiguity in the message passed: it is the end of fossil fuels. The centre right coalition which will now govern the country has (...)

How to finance your SECAP : Join the PROSPECT EU-wide peer-to-peer learning p...
by Blandine Pidoux
4 Oct 2017 at 2:48am

Securing financing for sustainable energy projects remains a great challenge for most EU local authorities. Energy Cities is a partner of the new European H2020 PROSPECT project that aims at boosting cities and regions' skills and expertise through the development and implementation of an ambitious European-wide peer-to-peer learning programme. Financing sustainable energy and climate projects : a challenge for cities and regions
A growing number of European cities and regions have engaged (...)

Lisbon : City administration and citizens working together to improve life in...
by Floriane Cappelletti
26 Sep 2017 at 8:54am

Several years ago, the City of Lisbon launched the BIP/ZIP strategy, aiming to promote social and territorial cohesion, active citizenship, self-organisation and community participation.
The starting point for developing this strategy was the acknowledgement that Lisbon, as most cities and towns in the world, was suffering from fractures due to social, urban or environmental issues. The municipality started with identifying the city's neigbourhoods that were lacking the "minimum level of (...)

New EU decision lifts key barrier to investing in energy efficiency projects
by David Donnerer
21 Sep 2017 at 7:26am

On the 19th of September, the EU statistical service Eurostat published a new guidance note on how to classify Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) in government accounts. This new guidance note, effective immediately, clarifies and makes it easier for public authorities to finance energy efficiency projects of their buildings and infrastructure. The new rules allow for accounting energy efficiency investments off the balance sheets, thereby not contributing to government deficit and debt. (...)

Financing the energy renovation of buildings : when budgets are low, creativi...
by Béatrice Alcaraz
20 Sep 2017 at 6:00am

While 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 innovative financing schemes... and it works ! 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 (...)

United in Diversity? What Europe can do with its energy policy
by Alix Bolle
20 Sep 2017 at 12:46am

By Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan
Republished from Euractiv - 13 sept. 2017 As the energy market is being shaken up by the arrival of new local players, one crucial objective should be to guarantee diversity in the governance representation, write Claire Roumet and Dirk Vansintjan, respectively Directors of Energy Cities and
Today, President Juncker delivers his yearly State of the Union speech. On the agenda will be yet another tireless attempt of addressing the ?what (...)

Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independant citizens' commissio...
by Blandine Pidoux
19 Sep 2017 at 7:16am

The results of Nantes' Great Debate on the energy transition, the only one of its kind in France - and possibly in Europe - by its scope and the diversity of the measures taken, have been presented on September 12th, one year after its launch.
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 of (...)

Smarter Together: Munich, when e-vehicles clean the streets!
by Béatrice Alcaraz
18 Sep 2017 at 2:34am

SMARTER TOGETHER is a joint project that aims to improve citizen's quality of life in nowadays transforming cities. Three lighthouse cities will implement the main demonstration activities in specific districts, monitor the results and upscale solutions at local level.
FOCUS ON MUNICH and its e-vehicles!
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 (...)

Apply to the European Commission's international city-to-city cooperation pro...
by Floriane Cappelletti
14 Sep 2017 at 8:30am

Cities in the member states of the European Union who wish to exchange with a city facing similar challenges in another global region are encouraged to apply for the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) city-to-city cooperation programme on sustainable urban development.
The programme aims to foster links between EU cities (in particular those with more than 50,000 inhabitants) and those in Latin America and the Caribbean, India, Japan, North America, and Asia. Through the programme, (...)

Electric car sharing scheme is coming to Christchurch
by Floriane Cappelletti
13 Sep 2017 at 3:05am

A reduction in emissions, more efficient use of vehicles and publically available car sharing will be delivered as part of a 100% battery electric car sharing service that will be launched in Christchurch (New Zealand) in November.
?An electric car sharing scheme is an exciting initiative for our city,? says Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel. ?The fleet will deliver improved environmental and health outcomes and we are proud to be the first city in New Zealand, and one of the few cities (...)

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