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.
The opportunities and potential issues of blockchain technology for local authorities will be addressed. We will also look ahead to determine whether and when mass use of this technology at the local level could be viable.
Acting as an advising tutor, the city of Stuttgart has contributed its experience of more than two decades in managing/implementing an Internal Contracting scheme. The municipalities of Almada (Portugal), Águeda (Portugal), Koprivnica (Croatia), and Udine (Italy) have taken part as learning authorities with the objective of setting up their own Internal Contracting scheme.
Among the front-runners, seven Energy Cities’ members have developed innovative financing schemes, business models, organisational structures and partnerships to accelerate the energy retrofitting of their housing stock.
The guidebook is intended for all organisations and actors who could be interested in replicating these financing schemes or who could support cities and regions in doing so.
Energy Cities prepared a review of projects undertaken in the cities of Paris, Malmö, Barcelona, Bristol and Brussels-Capital that received support from the ELENA-EIB facility. The aim of this study is to identify the ways in which technical assistance programmes such as ELENA-EIB can help unlock investment in cities. The projects we reviewed cover a wide array of sectors, from public building refurbishment to public transport or renewable energy production.
Between March 2014 and February 2017, eleven Energy Cities’ members carry out peer coaching activities aiming at developing the expertise of local staff and at replicating two proved financing schemes tested by the cities of Stuttgart (DE) and Delft (NL) in learning local authorities.
This financing scheme « Intracting » makes it possible to implement cost-effective energy saving measures regardless of the municipality’s budget ary constraints, therefore contributing to improving the municipality’s financial situation.
The Display Campaign is the first and most widespread European Campaign to encourage municipalities to publicly display environmental performances of their municipal buildings. More than 13,000 buildings are labelled with the Display poster showing their energy and water performances as well as green house gas emissions.
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.