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Verena Stoppel and Bernhard Klassen

Fearless innovation in Munich’s neighbourhoods

Interview with Verena Stoppel and Bernhard Klassen from City of Munich

Since 2016, Munich turned two of its neighbourhoods into a laboratory: over a bit more than 4 years, 20 million euros were invested in testing smart city solutions.

Etienne Vignali

“Smart, yes, but there is a huge challenge related to data quality.”

Interview with Etienne Vignali, SPL Lyon Confluence

What once was a logistics and industrial site with a rather bad reputation has become one of Europe’s biggest urban renewal projects. Create thriving places without overshooting the ecological ceiling: how far is Confluence today from meeting this objective?

Stephan Hartmann

“Urban renewal is a very cooperative process, which has to be done together with the people.”

Interview with Stephan Hartmann, City of Vienna

Stephan takes us behind the scenes of an ambitious demonstration project in Vienna’s low-income district of Simmering. How is smartness being used to give more weight to the voices and interests of a city’s residents?

Donna Gartland

“It’s about understanding what’s important to citizens in Dublin.”

Interview with Donna Gartland, CEO of CODEMA

In this episode Donna Gartland explains what changes can be expected in the city and describes how she and her team trigger conversations with citizens around very abstract topics such as district heating using waste heat from data centres.

Britt Jurgensen and Laura Williams

“For cities it can feel a bit of a lonely place to be responsible for all of these changes.”

Britt Jurgensen and Laura Williams from Carbon Co-op

The energy and climate challenge is so big that it requires everybody to be involved. New ways of communicating are needed. What are the best means to shape new narratives and, in the end, to make people want to engage in changing the energy system?

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Community energy from scratch

Voices from the ECF collaboration lab

2020 was a tough year and never before has the need for local resilience and solidarity been stronger. One extraordinary means for increasing solidarity while […]

Sara Capuzzo and Claudia Carani

It’s all in the mix…of consumers.

Claudia Carani (AESS) and Sara Capuzzo (enostra)

We have interviewed two amazing women and we have talked with them about the right political triggers for renewables in Italy, about the place of […]

Javier Zardoya and Juan Eguidazu

“There is a kind of movement that cannot be stopped.”

Juan Eguidazu (E+P Cooperativa) and Javier Zardoya Pamplona (Municipal Energy Agency of Pamplona)

Since almost 20 years the region of Navarra in the North of Spain pioneers with wind and more and more with solar energy. Now, building […]

Jacqui Cullen and Gerard Pol Gili

Strasburg’s first energy community: a long exciting ride

Interview with Jacqui Cullen and Gerard Pol Gili

In this episode we want to understand how a very young energy community in Strasburg, in the North-East of France, came into being. Where did […]

Dimos Ispikoudis

Planting the seeds for citizen energy in difficult times

Interview with Dimos Ispikoudis, City of Komotini

Since 2018, a new Greek legislation allows local authorities to be an energy producer. In this episode, we’ll have a look at how much this […]