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A Political Board of Cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors

A Political Board of Cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors

The European Commission’s Covenant of Mayors held its first political board meeting on Friday 10 February 2017 in Brussels. “Mayors in Europe have been committing […]

Democracy, Decentralisation, Divestment: ‘3D screening’ of the EU Energy Package

Democracy, Decentralisation, Divestment: ‘3D screening’ of the EU Energy Package

How “3D compatible” is the newly released, 1200-page strong “clean energy for all Europeans” package released today by the European Commission? How much does it […]

Guest Article – “Energising the Sustainable Economy”, by Andrea Crump (London Borough of Sutton)

Guest Article – “Energising the Sustainable Economy”, by Andrea Crump (London Borough of Sutton)

As populations continue to rise and public purse strings tighten, local authorities are having to balance ever-increasing demands on services with fewer and fewer resources […]

People powered cities: from the UN climate talks to energy democracy

People powered cities: from the UN climate talks to energy democracy

Developing real solutions to climate and energy challenges will require imagination, determination and inspiration. Inspiration may come from the many cities, communities and even countries […]

On the way to energy democracy

On the way to energy democracy

On the road away from Paris, the urge to accelerate the green transition of our energy system is no longer disputed. The technology is ready […]

#Democracy – Making the city “an open transformation platform”

#Democracy – Making the city “an open transformation platform”

Interview of Carlos Moreno, a Franco-Colombian university professor.This humanist-scientist is renowned for his expertise of the “human smart city” concept. Energy Cities is promoting a […]

#Bornova2016 – Remunicipalising energy services: why and how?

#Bornova2016 – Remunicipalising energy services: why and how?

Over the last 15 years, 235 cities in 37 countries have brought water services back under public control benefiting 100 million people. Paris, Naples, Berlin, […]

Pamplona heading towards energy self-sufficiency

Pamplona heading towards energy self-sufficiency

The traditional large utility companies may well look at what is happening in the city of Pamplona with suspicion. In this city of 196,000 inhabitants […]

UK cities react against the government attack on their freedom to divest

UK cities react against the government attack on their freedom to divest

Several UK cities, including Energy Cities’ member Milton Keynes, have spoken up against controversial plans from the national government to put restrictions on their freedom […]

Towards Energy Democracy? Our 4 Recommendations for the revised Renewables Directive!

Towards Energy Democracy? Our 4 Recommendations for the revised Renewables Directive!

The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has provided a crucial framework and impetus for Member States to enact ambitious national programmes and support schemes for […]

What we achieved in 2015

What we achieved in 2015

The UN climate summit in Paris was a milestone in a long year of silent revolutions: 2015 is a turning point for empowering territories in […]

Local governance from A to Z: Energy Cities releases Positive Glossary of the Energy Transition during COP21

Local governance from A to Z: Energy Cities releases Positive Glossary of the Energy Transition during COP21

As Energy Cities held a workshop on local governance in the framework of COP21 just yesterday, the European association of local authorities in energy transition […]

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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