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National Energy and Climate Plans fail to acknowledge cities’ leading role in the European energy transition

- 2019

This report intends to present the results of an analysis led in order to determine to which extent European cities were involved in the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) drafting process and local energy and climate actions are taken into consideration by Member States in their NECPs.

How cities can back renewable energy communities

Guidelines for local and regional policy makers - 2019

Community energy can encompass a number of different aspects and activities. Attempts to define the concept have been made. by various organisations, which defines it as “the economic and operational participation and/or ownership by citizens or members of a defined community in a renewable energy project.”.

Investment needs for the local energy transition

The case of five european cities: Ghent, Frederikshavn, Bordeaux-Métropole, Sevilla and Tallinn - 2019

This publication is relying on five examples of European cities,that are frontrunners in the local energy transition and which have put a number on their investment needs by 2050 in order to succeed in their transition. Through our case studies of the cities Ghent, Frederikshavn, Bordeaux-Métropole, Sevilla and Tallinn, all signatories of the Covenant of Mayors-Europe initiative, we have identified the local investment needs for the energy transition in different geographical, socio-economic and sectorial circumstances.

Energy Cities’ Manifesto

Time is short but the window for quick, decisive actions is open. We must seize this moment - 2019

How a shared energy transition can transform Europe’s energy landscape and tackle the root causes of strife in Europe today

Report of activities 2018

An overview of what was done in 2018, who Energy Cities are, how we operate and what is coming next - 2019

What you can find in this report ?
• What have we achieved by influencing decision-makers?
• What have we tested, where is the latest exciting innovation?
• Where can you find tools and inspiration?
• How we do things: holacracy, who we are.
• Internal life of the organisation: who are our new members, our board members, a snapshot of our financial situation.
• What’s next? Main milestones of the year to come and how you can get involved.

Unleashing the power of community renewable energy

How the EU legislation can help to remove barriers to community and citizen renewable energy? - 2019

Community energy production in Europe has huge potential. A recent study found that half of EU citizens – including local communities, schools and hospitals – could be producing their own renewable electricity by 2050, meeting 45% of their energy demand.1 Now, building on new EU community and citizen energy rights, the potential must be fully unleashed, to put Europe on the path to the needed energy transformation.

Democratic transition factory

Involving citizens in Europe's energy transition - 2019

In this study, we identified cities with pioneering participatory initiatives. The objective is to highlight innovative practices to understand the evolution of the role of cities and the modifications of the dynamics between players. Similarly, we seek to understand what implications these new practices have for energy transition policies and what lessons can be learned from them.

Climate-mainstreaming municipal budgets

Taking from fossil fuel economy to reinvest in local sustainable communities - 2018

This guidebook aims to address the lack of awareness of the role of public finance in the energy transition within municipal administrations. It does so in anticipation of declining local budgets, raising the question of how cities can efficiently channel finances to achieve their climate goals.
It contains a collection of examples and tools, which can help local authorities align their expenditure and investments with the Paris Agreement objective.

Local energy and climate roadmaps

Five city vision for 2050 - 2018

Planning for 2050 is happening now in European cities. These examples show how cities are redefining urban climate and energy governance and citizen participation in designing an ambitious mid-century future, and will hopefully inspire European leaders to design together with their citizens Europe’s Paris-proof energy transformation by 2050.

Living streets, from citizen engagement to citizen ownership

A guidebook for municipalities - 2018

Living Streets is a real-life experiment whereby residents can temporarily transform their street into the sustainble place they have always dream of.
A Living Street allows to set the imagination free to find alternatives that transform the public space and strengthen the collective dynamic. It is an urban laboratory tackling diverse issues such as mobility, urban agriculture, local economy, solidarity, social cohesion, culture, leisure, sport and health.

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Our network’s know-how is meant to be spread and shared with those who do, like us, aim for a radical shift in the energy system. In this section we have gathered free studies, reports and recommendations that we have authored or co-authored. Each publication will inspire and guide you in your energy transition work.