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How cities can back renewables energy communities How cities can back renewables energy communities

Guidelines for local and regional policy makers
Cities and communities can cooperate through very innovative processes at various stages of the “energy value chain”, from energy production to distribution and supply, through energy savings, balancing and storage. In the below examples, we give a non-exhaustive outline of existing models and new trends of city-to-citizen cooperation across the various functions and components of the energy system and through different organisational structures.

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2019 EU elections - Our Manifesto ! 2019 EU elections - Our Manifesto !

Our demands to future EU leaders
The Energy Cities manifesto will be delivered to incoming MEPs after the May election with a series of demands on both a short timescale and a longer timescale.
These demands are ambitious but will deliver the changes cities and citizens need to develop sustainably.
Time is short. But the window for decisive action on climate change is still open. We need brave and bold EU leaders to heed our call and deliver a shared energy transition.

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Local investment needs for the local energy transition - April 2019 Local investment needs for the local energy transition - April 2019

Cities’ actions for the energy transition are essential to achieve the Paris Agreement’s objectives by 2050. Responsible for 80% of energy use and CO² emissions, local governments understand that they need to invest for a sustainable future on a liveable and healthy planet.
The European Commission has estimated that it would require EUR 175 to 290 billion per year more to turn the EU into a net-zero greenhouse gas economy in 2050. For example, the EU would need to invest an estimated EUR 8.5 trillion for implementing sustainable heating systems for the period 2012-2050. To decarbonise the building stock by 2050, a staggering EUR 4.25 trillion more than normal investments would be necessary.

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UNLEASHING THE POWER of community renewable energy UNLEASHING THE POWER of community renewable energy

Friends of the Earth Europe and its members in Spain and Hungary - December 2018
With contributions from Greenpeace EU, and Energy Cities

This booklet is mainly for national and local energy campaigners across Europe, municipal members, local environmental groups, members of planned or existing energy cooperatives, and active citizens.It aims to explain what the EU’s new renewable energy legislation means. Bringing examples from across Europe, it shows how the EU legislation can help to remove barriers to community and citizen renewable energy. Chapter 2 explains the provisions and new rights for community and citizen energy. Chapter 3 lays out the implications for national and local governments. Chapter 4 suggests practical steps and resources for action.

Other languages available : Spanish - French - German

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Energy Cities Report of Activites 2018 Energy Cities Report of Activites 2018

What you can find in this report ?
• What have we achieved by influencing decision-makers ?
• What have we tested, where is the latest exciting innovation ?
• Where can you find tools and inspiration ?
• How we do things : holacracy, who we are.
• Internal life of the organisation : who are our new members, our board members, a snapshot of our financial situation.
• What’s next ? Main milestones of the year to come and how you can get involved

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Climate-mainstreaming municipal budget - Summary Climate-mainstreaming municipal budget - Summary

January 2019
"Taking from a fossil fuel economy to reinvest in local sustainable communities"
How can local authorities align their finances with a 2°C scenario ?
This guidebook contains a collection of case studies, best practices and tools that can help local authorities align their spending and investments with the Paris Agreement objective of limiting global warming well below 2°C, by fully integrating energy and climate issues into their budgetary and financial planning.

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Climate-mainstreaming municipal budgets Climate-mainstreaming municipal budgets

January 2019
"Taking from a fossil fuel economy to reinvest in local sustainable communities"
The importance of sub-national governments in achieving international and European climate goals in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement has been highlighted countless times, showing that “over a third of the EU’s 2020 emission reduction target will be delivered by cities”1, to give just one example. But despite the high degree of awareness regarding their role in meeting the environmental challenges among local authorities themselves, the responsibility for achieving their energy and climate targets still lies overwhelmingly on the shoulders of the Energy and Climate Departments of the cities’ administrations.

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Fabrique de transition démocratique - Implication des citoyens dans la transition énergétique en Europe Fabrique de transition démocratique - Implication des citoyens dans la transition énergétique en Europe

Étude Exploratoire - Décembre 2018
Fin 2015, les États du monde entier se réunissaient à Paris. Ils affirmaient leur volonté commune d’empêcher la hausse des températures par rapport à l’ère pré-industrielle et de tout faire pour la limiter à 1,5°C. Pourtant en 2017, après trois années de stagnation, les émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre sont reparties à la hausse. Le dernier rapport du GIEC confirme que les engagements pris pendant la COP21 seront particulièrement difficiles à atteindre et appelle à un sursaut international : faire plonger les émissions de CO2 de toute urgence.
Dans ce contexte, les villes ont un rôle très important à jouer. Elles sont en effet des acteurs incontournables de la mise en place des politiques publiques de transition énergétique au niveau local, à l’échelle des bassins de vie des citoyens.
Leurs actions s’inscrivent dans les territoires et visent à fédérer l’ensemble des parties prenantes pour la mise en place d’une réelle transition énergétique. Cependant, à l’heure où la société se trouve face à une forte crise démocratique, les villes doivent aussi réinventer leurs façons d’agir.

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Local energy & climate roadmaps : 5 city visions for 2050 Local energy & climate roadmaps : 5 city visions for 2050

The EU is currently designing a new 2050 strategy for reducing its GHG emissions, which should be compatible with the Paris climate agreement. On the surface, it appears as an exercise to design climate action policies, but in fact, it is much more than that. Thinking about 2050 today leads us to ask ourselves : how should our (urban) societies look like in 2050 ? How can we achieve a high quality of life while respecting our planet’s resources ? How will we share responsibilities and benefits in a transformed energy and mobility landscape ?
Many European cities have already engaged in the long-term planning for the mid-century mark. By developing their 2050 roadmaps, these cities are designing clear pathways to transform their societies to become resilient and resource-efficient, running entirely on clean energy sources and providing social and economic wellbeing to their citizens.

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From citizen engagement to citizen ownership : A guidebook for municipalities From citizen engagement to citizen ownership : A guidebook for municipalities

Today, European cities face challenges in urban planning and other societal issues, such as job creation, climate change, land use, immigration and so on, but are also the best placed to find solutions. At the same time local authorities are no longer perceived to be the only actor to solve complex issues faced in cities. Local authorities, businesses and residents more than ever need each other to find creative solutions to challenge their way of thinking, acting and learning. We believe that in every city there are many people from different backgrounds, from companies, local associations and municipalities ready to join forces and search for these solutions. Through the Living Streets we bring the energy and creativity of people together and are making the city of tomorrow visible today.

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Blockchain and Energy Transition : What challenges for cities ? Blockchain and Energy Transition : What challenges for cities ?

In this study “Blockchain and Energy Transition – What challenges for cities ?”, co-funded by the French national energy agency ADEME, Energy Cities deciphers the potential role of blockchain in the local energy transition. How does it work and what does it impact concretely ? How can it be applied in local energy systems ? What are the opportunities and threats associated with this new technology that local governments should know about ? Can it strengthen cities’ role in the energy market or will it entrench the reign of the dinosaur utilities ? These questions are explored in this study, and a comprehensive overview of ongoing relevant blockchain energy projects for cities is given.

See the summary

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The Energy Atlas
Facts and figures about renewables in Europe

Friends of the Earth Europe, April 2018
With the contribution of Alix Bolle, EU Affairs and campaigns, Energy Cities
Revealing the dramatic advance of renewable energy and the future shape of energy in Europe, the ’Energy Atlas’ shows how technology now available makes a 100% renewable energy system viable. It is published with the European Renewable Energies Federation, Green European Foundation (GEF), and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Green city vibes - Successful renewable energy strategies & policies Green city vibes - Successful renewable energy strategies & policies

Going 100% green : latest trends at local level
There is no winning recipe, but various possible ingredients to becoming a climate neutral, fossil fuel-free or more specifically 100% renewable-powered city. Thousands of European local authorities have already made ambitious climate pledges through the EU Covenant of Mayors initiative.
More have decided to go the extra mile after committing to even bolder visions.

Created in the framework of the Renewables Networking Platform

Available in : Czech, Dutch, English, French, Polish, Slovak, Spanish

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Events to come
GMF’s Brussels Forum
From 27 to 29 June

LIFE PlanUp webinar: Involving stakeholders and the public in national energy and climate planning - good practices from across Europe
Thursday 27 June 10:00-11:30

Webinar - Innovative financing through peer learning: Province of Girona’s experience in PROSPECT
Wednesday 3 July 10:30-11:30

17th European Week of Regions and Cities
From 7 to 10 October

Polis annual conference.
From 27 to 28 November

Smart and sustainable planning for cities and regions
From 9 to 13 December

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