Transition cities: from black to green

Transition cities: from black to green

There is life after coal!

Energy transition in coal mining regions is not a new issue, but lately, it has come up often in my newsfeed. I am sure you […]

On the rise: 328 Mayors now calling for a peak in emissions next year

On the rise: 328 Mayors now calling for a peak in emissions next year

Joint letter against the background of discussions around a "net zero EU" by 2050

Momentum for a net zero EU by 2050 continues to grow. An incredible 328 mayors from across Europe have now signed the joint letter calling […]

New guidebook

New guidebook

How cities can unleash the power of community energy

The community energy landscape in Europe has been radically transformed by the Renewable Energy Directive. The new landscape will only be fully mapped as communities […]

New european landscape: “From progressive minority to critical mass”

New european landscape: “From progressive minority to critical mass”

Policy brief by Claire Roumet

Just after the European elections, this title could be confusing. Indeed, it does not refer to the new European Parliament, but to the legacy of […]

The 210 mayors’ letter

The 210 mayors’ letter

EU leaders Sefcovic and Arias Canete praise cities' "impressive" action for the energy transition

It was unprecedented in its breadth and ambition, more than 210 mayors from across the EU calling on EU leaders to chart a course for […]

EU Parliament elections

EU Parliament elections

The most important ever?

The European Parliamentary elections at the end of this month may be the most important ever. It’s not that the Parliament has gained any extraordinary […]

Unprecedented show of ambition from Mayors across Europe on a shared energy transition

Unprecedented show of ambition from Mayors across Europe on a shared energy transition

More than 200 cities asked EU leaders for far greater ambition in cutting carbon emissions

More than 50 Energy Cities members have signed a joint letter to EU leaders for far greater ambition in cutting carbon emissions. The letter calls […]

Policy brief: “Duty of care”

Policy brief: “Duty of care”

A government’s inaction against climate change is, as a matter of fact, a criminal offence.

Last week I found out that most court cases run by citizens against their governments in the world are based on this common law term […]

How the city of Bottrop is turning its back on coal

How the city of Bottrop is turning its back on coal

German city transitioning from a coal and steel center into an innovation hub

LESSONS LEARNTDecember 21st, 2018, Bottrop, Germany: An era comes to an end, with the extraction of the last piece of coal from the Prosper coal […]

San Sebastiàn’s 2050 roadmap

San Sebastiàn’s 2050 roadmap

A need for sweeping governance changes

With their “Plan de Acción Klima 2050 de Donostia / San Sebastián” that the Basque city of San Sebastián has published last year in order […]

My first time at the Assises !

My first time at the Assises !

Energy Cities has been taking part in the “Assises Européennes de la Transition Energétique” for 20 years. But for me, this year was the first […]

How Münster´s sufficiency strategy helped to overcome three universal challenges

How Münster´s sufficiency strategy helped to overcome three universal challenges

No transformation without a vision

The city of Münster has bold 2050 goals: being almost climate neutral while reducing their final energy consumption by 50% and their GHG emissions by […]

It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling.

Greta Thunberg, Climate activist

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