Energy Cities’ 2022 Forum: Let’s Keep Our Links!

Brussels, Belgium - 21-22 April 2022


Energy Cities staff involved
Nathalie Moroge
Nathalie Moroge
Logistics & Membership
Funding program


Energy Cities

Inspiring speeches

Stéphanie Bouckaert – IEA , Head of demand side Unit, 2050 Net zero scenario

Energy price crisis: how to fix broken market and design policies to reach climate and social stability? How to prepare short-term, medium-term and long-term answers to fossil volatile market impacting every part of our society.

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Marcos Ros Sempere – Opening speech

No public presentation available.

Marcos Ros Sempere, Member of the European Parliament, rapporteur of the New European Bauhaus and shadow rapporteur for the opinion on the recast of Energy performance of buildings, will share his analysis of the current political momentum for Europe’s energy and regional cohesion challenges.

MEP Marcos Ros Sempere

François Gemenne – A geopolitical approach to climate change

No public presentation available.

Conflicts, migrations, relocation… Apprehend how climate change will impact our society, reflecting on the current migration crisis with François Gemenne, Director of the Migration, Environment and Politics Observatory of Liège University.

Pascal Smet – Concluding session

No public presentation available.

Pascal Smet, State Secretary for Urbanism and EU/international affairs from the Brussels Region will give an inspiring speech closing the first day of Energy Cities’ Forum.

Mayors’ Voice debates

During these sessions, Mayors will debate among themselves and with EU leaders about hot topics for which cities need stronger European policy support. Each debate will be introduced by some of our members to illustrate the issue, but all Mayors and Deputy Mayors will interact with the EU institutions’ representatives.

Create a meaningful local, social and climate contract

No public presentation available.

Called local COPs, local climate pacts or city climate contracts, these agreements are based on innovative, democratic forms of social and economic governance. Let’s dive into some of
the most inspiring examples to identify the key elements and challenges in setting up these
lively and organic tools that will steer the transition of our cities and towns towards
resilience and climate neutrality.

Moving forward with the decarbonisation of buildings and energy systems:
Innovative approaches

No public presentation available.

With the urgency to reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports, the questions of refurbishment and deep renovation have come first as EU answers to the energy crisis. The local level is called to play a bigger role, and this can be done through multiple solutions: decarbonising heating systems and buildings, especially public buildings, deploying renovation schemes for citizens’ homes, identifying real sufficiency potentials… But they will need a proper EU framework and support.


Yamina Saheb, Senior Energy Policy Analyst at OpenExp, lecturer at Sciences Po (Paris) and IPCC AR 6 Lead Author of the Building Chapter

The geostrategics of energy: What new trends in Europe? (Thu. 15:00-16:30)

No public presentation available.

What are the post-2020 trends and strategies cities and local communities are using to inaugurate a new era in the control and valorisation of energy systems?  How can energy security go hand in hand with citizen engagement and community power? Our panellists will present how they are reclaiming their own renewable energy potential and confront ideas and strategies with their peers.

Social cohesion, a sine qua non of the ecological and economic transition


Mathieu Saujot, IDDRI
Barbara Trachte, Secretary of State for the Brussels Capital Region in charge of Economic transition and Scientific research.

Download presentation from Mathieu Saujot, IDDRI [pdf.]

Cities have a key role to play in restoring a redistributive economy and ensuring that the transition makes sense for all. They must ensure that their economic and ecologic transition is creating positive, local and socially just added value. They have the power to engage citizens in the transition through democratic and pedagogical tools. This session will address the issues of desirable job creation, the importance of transition education, and redistributive local policies and economies.

Transition leaders’ programme

Within the limits of scarcity: Rethinking space, city and practices

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In a world of finite resources, how can local authorities rethink the notion of prosperity and growth? How can cities promote another way of living and better use of local resources? 

Co-designing energy services with – and for vulnerable communities

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Energy is a precious good that can’t be taken for granted by all of us. So how can we protect the most vulnerable and how can we shape a fair energy system? This session will focus on different ways to tackle energy poverty and to make sure energy services fit the needs of those who are often marginalized.

Systemic Changes in Governance – What do cities need to really do for being climate-neutral?

Session 5 – Thursday 21 April, 13:00-14:30

To succeed in climate neutrality, we need a different way of working to develop multi-disciplinary,
multi-level, multi-media governance, for which most cities are not yet equipped. In short: we need a
change in governance. In this session, we will share the preliminary results of a solution booklet that captures the systemic changes in governance, developed and tested by the 120 cities. Help us improve this toolkit for cities: Is it useful for you? What is missing?

Designing urban policies for future-proof food systems

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Food systems account for nearly one-third of global GHG emissions and have huge impact in terms of natural resource depletion, biodiversity loss and people’s health. Equally, food represents a key connecting element across and within different cultures: it is at the centre of our existence and plays a key role as a cultural, social, and economic pillar in society. In the framework of the Energy Cities’ Hub on Future-proof food systems and land policies, we will explore how an integrated and effective urban food governance can accelerate food systems transitions.

Positive Energy Districts: What and how in practice?

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Cities are increasingly exploring the possibility of creating Positive Energy Districts (PED). This session will focus on three frequent issues encountered on this path: What are the urban planning instruments that cities can mobilise? Which governance models exist to drive urban transformation? And what are the criteria to monitor and evaluate PED development? Insights from the EU-funded projects Cities4PEDs, DecarbCityPipes 2050, RESPONSE and Trans-PED will serve as the basis for lively discussions in smaller groups.