After the adoption, in 2008, of the 2020 EU Climate and Energy Package, the European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors to endorse and support the efforts deployed by local authorities in the implementation of sustainable energy policies.
Smarter Together is a pilot project that aims at developing ICT solutions for the energy transition in urban areas. A special focus will be on residential housing renovation, production and consumption of renewable energy and mobility. Lyon, Munich and Vienna are the three leading cities in the Smarter Together project. Smarter Together is a Smart Cities project supported by the European Union in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme.
The overall aim of PROSPECT is to enable peer-to-peer learning in regional and local authorities in order to finance and implement their sustainable energy plans.
We are witnessing how local governments in the U.S. and Europe are rallying to respond to the climate challenge and are driving the transition to a sustainable low carbon future. Showing that citizen and business participation makes climate and energy policies more effective might inspire others to follow suit. That, in turn, could make it easier for national leaders to act more forcefully.
43% of the European population lives in condominiums/multi-occupancy apartment blocks, which are primarily of low energy performance. How can cities accelerate the energy retrofitting of these buildings?
When it comes to managing the energy transition the need for municipally-owned energy has never been clearer. In recent years we have seen some successes of local energy ownership. However, the sharing of these experiences has been limited, and they have tended to remain local and specific.
As a so-called “horizontal project”, MEDNICE will be the overarching intiative that bundles 10 (modular) projects funded in the framework of the same Interreg Mediterranean programme.
In the Mediterranean area cooling (and heating) as well as low building standards induce high consumption and expenses. And this, even though a wealth of natural resources and a conducive climate do provide excellent conditions for greening residential and public buildings.
The project Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON) is a multi-level governance project promoting climate action and facilitating an exchange between national networks and governments as well as municipalities and schools in Europe. It is financed via the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) a support programme of the German Ministry for the Environment (BMU).
The objective of this project is to strengthen the Franco-German collaboration on energy transition at local level and involve citizens in this process through a raising awareness campaign.
TANDEM – French-German cooperation for local energy transition (Deutsch-Französische Klimapartnerschaften für die locale Energiewende) Background The simultaneous implementation of the “Transition énergétique” process in France and of the “Energiewende” process in Germany has resulted in the (…)
Through projects Energy Cities challenge the way we deal with energy in all spheres of a city. They are a great opportunity to fund unheard-of urban practices and to experiment with other cities. The successful solutions that our projects produce are blueprints for peers facing similar challenges. Participation of cities in EU-funded projects is also essential to demonstrate policy-makers how the locally-based energy transition can be a reality.
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