Energy policy and climate protection are issues that are addressed at global level, and particularly at European level.
In the field of energy, two countries have become driving forces for the energy transition in Europe by engaging in similar processes: Germany with its “Energiewende”, and France with its “Transition énergétique”.
This handbook is aimed at decision makers in European local authorities searching for new ways to work towards achieving low energy cities. It is intended to give inspiration and practical advice to elected political leaders as well as civil servants to run their own energy transition process at the local level.
In 2012, Energy Cities initiated a collective process aimed at making proposals to accelerate the energy transition of European territories. The 30 Proposals in your hands are the result of part of this collective work.
What makes these Proposals new? These Proposals are based on the observation and analysis of hundreds of practical examples, all stemming from existing practices. Our intention is to make these practices “talk”, to convey their meaning and to show the path they are pointing at, sometimes without us being aware of it.
The political impact of the Covenant of Mayors in the municipality remains the uncontested positive aspect. The Covenant objectives provide a clear goal for local energy and climate policy and help to create awareness on the importance of integrated energy strategies and climate change mitigation.
Municipal actors can refer to the commitments made in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors to push certain actions forward and to not lose track.
The “factor 4” by 2050 city will of course be quite different from the city as we know it today, not necessarily in terms of its physical aspect –
because of the inertia of property and street networks – but more in the way people live and use the city.
Imagine, life is great! We have created resilient cities independent of fossil fuel that are vibrant, prosperous places to live, work and grow. Everyday people walk or bike safely to their jobs and have access within walking distance to all their daily needs because we have built human-scale neighbourhoods.
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.