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The SCALE initiative launched the Call for Experts!

The SCALE initiative launched the Call for Experts!

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The SCALE initiative (European Smart and Lighthouse Cities Amplified) , launched in September 2020 as a support initiative and secretariat to all  Horizon 2020 Smart […]

Summer is here!

Summer is here!

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

After months locked up due to the pandemic, we are finally back out in the world. With the joy of seeing public spaces come to […]

Reimagining public space with people at the centre

Reimagining public space with people at the centre

Barcelona’s new Superblock is co-designed with the local community

Back in 2016, our member Barcelona decided to launch “Superilles” – Catalan for Super Islands or Superblock – to reduce car and noise pollution for […]

What role for local authorities in the Recovery and the Renovation Wave?

What role for local authorities in the Recovery and the Renovation Wave?

Energy Cities’ analysis and suggestions for the next steps

Local authorities are essential actors of the Renovation Wave, a proper inclusion of the local level in the “Renovate” components of the National Recovery and […]

Understanding, planning and combating urban heat islands

Understanding, planning and combating urban heat islands

Cities are adapting to climate conditions and taking action to bring down local temperatures.

With summer approaching, we all remember the high temperatures that we have suffered in recent years. Energy Cities has tested several possible solutions: creating draught, […]

Energy Cities joins the New European Bauhaus initiative

Energy Cities joins the New European Bauhaus initiative

What opportunities for cities?

The European Commission’s President Initiative the New European Bauhaus (NEB) has been on everyone’s mouth in Brussels since its launch at the end of 2020. […]

Towards fossil-free districts and cities

Towards fossil-free districts and cities

Our virtual City Learning Labs inspires cities to phase out fossil fuels for heating & cooling

Burning things has been the go-to solution for thousands of years to keep our buildings warm. Now, faced with the immense challenge of becoming climate-neutral […]

Brest prepares the ground for collaborative climate action

Brest prepares the ground for collaborative climate action

TOMORROW project allows cities to involve different actors in the transition

During a virtual visit to Brest (France), TOMORROW’s partners were given a overview of the many activities the Metropolitan Governement is carrying out to allow […]

Energy Cities endorses Cities Manifesto for Fossil-Free Heating and Cooling

Energy Cities endorses Cities Manifesto for Fossil-Free Heating and Cooling

New European initiative calls on EU & Member States to put cities in the driving seat of a fossil-free heat transition

In mid-July, the EU will issue key proposals to address heat decarbonisation – the so-called “Fit for 55” package. It is a critical moment, as […]

Energy sufficiency, a political ghost

Energy sufficiency, a political ghost

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

Earlier this month, I saw an original advertisement published by a large French local authority to recruit an energy sufficiency advisor. The job description refers […]

Transforming an Economic Commercial Area into a Sustainable Commercial Area

Transforming an Economic Commercial Area into a Sustainable Commercial Area

Developing sufficiency within companies

In December 2015, the City of Frankfurt launched the ‘Sustainable Commercial Area’ project, involving over 400 companies in an area of 15 hectares. This model project received […]

Making community energy a reality in your city

Making community energy a reality in your city

Our Cooperation labs bring cities and citizens together

The second edition of Energy Cities’ European Cooperation Lab took place at the end of April with 3 city teams coming from Czech Republic, Italy […]

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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