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Carmen Castells and Fernando González

Valencia aiming for 100 energy communities by 2030

Interview with Carmen Castells and Fernando Gonzalez

Until now, Valencia with its 800.000 inhabitants may be more known for its mild climate and lovely beaches than for its incredibly collaborative and forward-looking energy policy. In part 2 of our ECF collaboration lab series, we dive into Valencia’s impressive efforts to involve the local community in energy and climate matters.

C.Palma, V.Cammarota, L.Aquaviva

Energy community: each group has a different way to look at it.

Interview with public and civil activists in the Metropolitan Area of Naples

In the region of Naples, four small municipalities team up for the energy transition so as to make their place attractive for current and future generations. In this episode, we talked to three people who are very much pushing for collaborative actions between the 4 cities and civil society.

Prague’s first steps in energy community matters

Interview with Miloslav Franek (City of Prague) and Tereza Mc Laughlin Vanova (Local Energy Managers' Association)

How ready are the Czech Republic and its residents for this new type of energy generation? In this conversation,Tereza and Miloslav lead us through the complexity of decentralized and citizen-driven energy in Czech Republic.

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?

Listen to the three city interviews in full length:

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 […]