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Friday 23 March 2018

French cities call for decentralisation of energy policy
By Sara Giovannini | 197 visits
On March 22, the city of Paris, together with other 19 French cities, co-signed an open letter in Le Monde, asking to redirect part of the energy and climate tax’s increase towards local communities and calling for a law for the decentralization of the energy policy.


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Not just for techies: Blockchain - more power for cities or for big utilities?
By David Donnerer | 297 visits
You remember having heard about bitcoin, right? It is this virtual currency which has stirred up financial markets and is rapidly conquering the energy sector. And blockchain is the technology behind Bit what? Block what? We don’t want you to remain puzzled about how this will impact local energy.


Thursday 8 March 2018

EU readies for the “money talk”: Quick overview of what the future could hold
By Alix Bolle | 628 visits
By next May, the European Commission should put on the table a proposal for the next EU budget, the so-called “Multi-annual Financial Framework” to put it in EU jargon. Ahead of this important milestone, Energy Cities’ Board of Directors met with Isabelle Thomas, the European Parliament Member in charge of the file.


Friday 2 March 2018

Cities meet European decision makers to discuss EU’s future budget and energy policy
By Alix Bolle | 850 visits
On the occasion of the EU Covenant of Mayors Ceremony held on Thursday 22nd of February in Brussels, European mayors and elected representatives from Energy Cities’ Board of Directors met with decision makers in charge of key policy developments.


mardi 20 février 2018

Covenant of Mayors : A key instrument for the future EU budget

In its 10 year-existence, the European Covenant of Mayors has mobilised thousands of local governments to voluntarily implement and exceed EU climate and energy objectives. In order to further embed the initiative in EU policies, it has to become a key instrument for the future EU budget, write the local and regional leaders of the European Covenant of Mayors board.


Monday 12 February 2018

Interview: Is the energy transition still making the Franco-German heart leap?
By Miriam Eisermann | 844 visits
In the past, France and Germany made very different political choices. Today, however, a convergence of their objectives is giving new life to the Franco-German engine, according to Mr Pascal Gauthier, Economic, Transport, Energy and Environment Adviser at the French Embassy in Germany.


Thursday 8 February 2018

When the EIB is learning from cities: more EU money for local energy?
By David Donnerer | 1449 visits
On Monday, the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) admitted for the first time city delegates to its annual meeting with civil society. All ears, the EIB Board of Directors was listening to and debating with the locally experienced such as Energy Cities' president and Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Eckart Würzner. The bank is one of the world's largest lenders and only allowed to back projects that are in line with EU policy. So, in view of the EU’s ambitions to comply with the Paris Agreement, how can this supranational public bank better support cities in their energy transition?


Monday 5 February 2018

An EU budget to make energy citizens a reality
By David Donnerer | 984 visits
Where should the money go? Read Energy Cities and CEE Bankwatch network's proposal on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) post 2020.


Tuesday 30 January 2018

Destination 100% Renewable Energy: How far are cities?
By Alix Bolle | 1189 visits
The road to 100% renewable energy obviously passes through ambitious actions from cities. In the framework of the EU Renewables Networking Platform Project, Energy Cities sheds some light on where cities are in this transition process and what obstacles still remain.


Monday 22 January 2018

Innovative Financing in Cities and Regions: Join a unique EU-wide P2P learning programme!
By Blandine Pidoux | 1817 visits , By Jana Cicmanova | 1817 visits
The new Peer-to-Peer learning project PROSPECT H2020 has just launched its first call for applications! PROSPECT will offer you a total of 3 learning cycles on innovative financing schemes for your energy and climate actions, starting respectively in May 2018, September 2018 and March 2019. You can now apply online to take part the first P2P learning cycle starting in May 2018, either as a mentor or mentee city or region, and before the 28th February 2018.


Monday 22 January 2018

Financing local climate & energy actions: Get inspired by Covenant cities and regions!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 970 visits
Cities and regions of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy are taking action to mitigate climate change, adapt to its unavoidable consequences and provide their citizens with access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.


Thursday 18 January 2018

Everybody to Switzerland!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 1106 visits
Part of the team will move to Geneva for the European Energy Transition Conference, where you will have the opportunity to meet us at workshops or over a drink to discuss and share ideas. In Geneva, four INSPIRATION workshops will be organised by Energy Cities between 30th January and 1st February.


Wednesday 17 January 2018

What future for district heating in Eastern European countries? Possible anwsers with the case of Brasov, Romania
By Floriane Cappelletti | 966 visits
District heating in general is seen as an important opportunity to decarbonise the heating sector, especially in urban areas, and therefore important to reach European and global climate goals.


Tuesday 9 January 2018

Registration for the 2018 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is open!
By Floriane Cappelletti | 1199 visits
2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Covenant of Mayors initiative launched by the European Commission.


Wednesday 3 January 2018

New PUBLENEF toolbox supports policy makers in tackling energy efficiency challenges
By David Donnerer | 977 visits
The Horizon 2020 PUBLENEF project has developed a new toolbox, which seeks to provide local and regional policy makers with a set of adequate tools and resources to match their needs on energy efficiency policy.


Thursday 21 December 2017

Happy holiday season!
By Béatrice Alcaraz | 796 visits
The Energy Cities team is taking a well-deserved break!


Friday 15 December 2017

Believe it or not, there is a bright future for our homes!
By Kinga Kovacs | 889 visits
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 morning coffee. Mr Vinters sees his neighbour across the backyard and waves him a hand. On his way to the market he listens on his phone to the morning news where the journalist mentions that the living standards in Latvia have finally reached the highest level across Europe. And Mr Vinters thinks: what a great country to live in!


Friday 8 December 2017

Renewable energy directive vote: No binding targets, but a strong framework for citizen energy
By Alix Bolle | 796 visits
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.


Friday 8 December 2017

Members of EU Parliament vote for cities to have voice in national energy planning
By Alix Bolle | 1283 visits
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.


Thursday 7 December 2017

Encounter with our georgian member, Rustavi
By Christophe Fréring | 1093 visits
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.

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