#AssisesTE – You were not in Geneva last week? We tell you everything!

By David Donnerer, Laura Guérin on 8 February 2018

The 19th edition of the European Energy Transition Conference was in full swing from 30th January to 1st February. Organised for the first time in Greater Geneva, this annual meeting of local authorities broke its attendance record with over 4,000 conference-goers and visitors.

“The transition is about the environment; but it is first and foremost about social and territorial cohesion” Cédric van Styvendael, president of Housing Europe stated. With “Cooperate for success” as its leitmotiv, this Conference debated solutions for a more inclusive society, such as the proposal by Sophie Swaton from Lausanne University to introduce an ecological transition revenue to promote and support ecologically-oriented activities among civil society.

The power of storytelling to transform society and open up opportunities was emphasised by Cyril Dion, the co-director of “Tomorrow”, a documentary which inspired new local initiatives like the Demain Genève association. It is also the key message delivered by the City of Leuven with its radical citizen participation programme Leuven 2030, which brings together municipal representatives, citizens, businesses and research institutes into several panels whose long-term decisions are binding on the City council.

A vast debating platform, the Conference also gave a prominent place to co-creation. With new workshop formats set up for this edition, the participants were given the opportunity to test out various participative methods like SPEED-DATING for networking and CHALLENGE for developing collective solutions to a given problem. The collège des transitions sociétales, ADEME Pays de la Loire and Energy Cities called on the creative force of the participants to collect ideas about how to set up a community of energy transition transmitters and ensure its long-term self-sufficiency.

The eagerly-awaited debates on the storage revolution highlighted the interest of local authorities in exploring these new solutions in a context where self-consumption communities are gaining ground. Blockchains will be on the agenda of our next annual conference to better understand their impacts and opportunities for cities.
For further information, here is our feedback about these three days filled with discussions, meetings, inspiration, Swiss fondue and chocolates!

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Sustainable City Network (GR) Greece | CEDEF-Central European Development Forum (RS) Serbia | Albertville France | Union of Communities of Armenia (AM) Armenia | Agencia de Energia & Ambiente da Arrabida - Energy agency Portugal
Events to come
Rencontres des villes du transport gratuit - Cities Meeting on Free Public Transport
From 3 to 4 September

Behave 2018 conference
From 5 to 7 September

Conférence sur les territoires pionniers de la transition énergétique en France et en Allemagne
From 5 to 6 September

"Dealing with the past & Planning for the future - turning urban brownfields into possibilities" Baltic Urban Lab final conference
From 6 to 7 September

URBACT City Festival
From 13 to 14 September

Mix and Move! European Mobility Week 2018
From 16 to 22 September

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