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Geert Vanhorebeek

“The benefits of renewable energy should be harvested by everyone.”

Geert Vanhorebeek from Leuven, Belgium

Before Covid-19 turned our lives upside down, we met with Geert Vanhorebeek in the Belgium old university town of Leuven. Geert is the city’s sustainable […]

Pierre Larrouturou

EU Climate Law – Ensuring the Green Deal is not just green washing

Pierre Larrouturou, Member of the European Parliament

As the European Commission has released their proposal for a European Climate Law, in the view to “write into law the goal set out in […]

Lucija Topic and Zoran Kordic

Our crowdinvesting campaign was a springboard for a first-of-its kind community energy in Croatia.

Lucija Topic (City of Krizevci) and Zoran Kordic (ZEZ green energy cooperative)

For this episode, we have met two very committed people from Croatia: Zoran and Lucia. Zoran Kordic works for ZEZ, green energy cooperative in Croatia. […]

Alba del Campo

To reach the unusual suspects we have to design different ways of participation.

Alba del Campo, advisor to the City of Cadiz

In Cadiz, a new local government was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. Since then, the city opened the energy politics to its citizens. This was a first radical step. And there are many more to come. Alba explains why and how they managed to make affordable and sustainable energy such a key topic.

Jessica Grove-Smith

Climate protection begins at (the) home

How physicist Jessica Grove-Smith and the Passive House Institute are reducing carbon emissions one building and one city at a time

“Passive House has been around for more than 25 years and the market is changing. I feel that we are at a turning point where […]

Suvi Holm

How compatible is the Finnish soul with citizen participation?

Suvi Holm, City of Tampere

In this episode, we speak with Suvi Holm from the Finnish city of Tampere. Suvi is CEO of the non-profit environmental company Ekofellows (Ekokumppanit Oy). Ekofellows is owned by the municipality and advises citizens and companies on energy efficient measures and renewable energy.

Emmanuel Fontaine

“There were evenings when we almost gave up.”

Emmanuel Fontaine, City of Mouscron

Emmanuel Fontaine is both energy adviser at the City of Mouscron and one of the energy cooperative’s trustees. He told us about the long, but enriching process that led to the creation of this unique energy cooperative. According to this cheerful Belgian, with a clear passion for his work, such a project requires perseverance, tenacity and strong motivation.

Sofie Verhoeven

The magic of trial-and-error to empower citizens

Sofie Verhoeven, City of Ghent

Last December we have met Sofie Verhoeven in her office in the city hall of Ghent. Sofie is in charge of citizen participation in this beautiful and vibrant city in the Flemish part of Belgium. Ghent counts over 500 local initiatives, including one of the most pioneering renewable community neighbourhood.

Michèle Jacobs

Leuven Lessons: High hopes, high risk, and a medieval city as a modern construction site.

Michèle Jacobs, Stakeholders relations Leuven 2030

“I do it for my children and I want to be able to look them in the eye and tell them that I tried and that our family tried.” I am about halfway through the interview with Michèle Jacobs when she says this and it leaves me a bit stunned.

Julia Girardi-Hoog

“We need some really courageous goal setting. Cooperation helps.”

Julia Girardi-Hoog, City of Vienna Housing Department

Crowned the world’s most liveable city in 2018 it is easy to assume that when it comes to cooperation with other cities, it’s more about what they can learn from the Austrian capital than vice-versa – but that’s not the way Julia Girardi-Hoog describes things.