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EU taking big step forward toward energy democracy

EU taking big step forward toward energy democracy

The agreement makes it easier for European citizens to set up their own renewable energy projects

Early this morning the European Parliament and the European Council reached an agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive: by 2030 the EU will have to […]

Air, Climate, Energy: all responsible

Air, Climate, Energy: all responsible

Policy brief by Claire Roumet A hotchpotch of players On 17th May, the cities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid lodged a complaint with the European Court […]

Cities: testbeds for energy innovation

Cities: testbeds for energy innovation

Energy Cities's contribution to the Energy Atlas 2018

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung, the German Green Political Foundation, recently released its Energy Atlas 2018 – Facts and Figures about Renewables in Europe. The Atlas […]

Like a too long winter

Like a too long winter

by Claire Roumet, Executive Director of Energy Cities The energy climate reminds me of the present weather conditions: a long, almost never-ending winter seems to […]

EU readies for the “money talk”: Quick overview of what the future could hold

EU readies for the “money talk”: Quick overview of what the future could hold

By next May, the European Commission should put on the table a proposal for the next EU budget, the so-called “Multi-annual Financial Framework” to put […]

Members of EU Parliament vote for cities to have voice in national energy planning

Members of EU Parliament vote for cities to have voice in national energy planning

Yesterday, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the energy and environment committees approved a report on the proposed governance of the Energy Union, including […]

COP23: Cities keen on shoulder-to-shoulder climate action

COP23: Cities keen on shoulder-to-shoulder climate action

Where has EU leadership in energy and climate issues gone? Mrs Merkel has been having a hard time defending her “climate chancellor” label, while we […]

Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independent citizens’ commission hands over its report to the metropolitan council

Energy transition and democracy in Nantes: an independent citizens’ commission hands over its report to the metropolitan council

The results of Nantes’ Great Debate on the energy transition, the only one of its kind in France – and possibly in Europe – by […]

Cities need support for clean air measures: Energy Cities President meets German chancellor Merkel

Cities need support for clean air measures: Energy Cities President meets German chancellor Merkel

Today, Energy Cities’ President and Mayor of Heidelberg, Dr. Eckart Würzner, meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel during the National Municipal Summit. During the event, […]

The commons transition: it’s all about pooling resources

The commons transition: it’s all about pooling resources

Interview with Michel Bauwens, President of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives Mr Bauwens, since March 2017, you have been assisting the city of Ghent, Belgium, with […]

Energy Cities President meets Members of European Parliament to discuss role of cities in EU Energy Union governance

Energy Cities President meets Members of European Parliament to discuss role of cities in EU Energy Union governance

On July 6th, on the occasion of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, Energy Cities’ President and Lord Mayor of Heidelberg, Eckart Würzner, compared […]

Mr Trump, cities won’t change their course! #makeourplanetgreatagain

Mr Trump, cities won’t change their course! #makeourplanetgreatagain

What cast a cloud since the last US Presidential elections, has become real yesterday evening: Donald Trump officially announced his decision to withdraw from the […]

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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