David Donnerer

EU Policy & Communications

David speaks German, French, English, Spanish, Dutch


David joined Energy Cities in September 2015. Before that, he worked for six years as a freelance journalist for various Austrian and European media outlets. He is French-Austrian and holds a Master degree in International Studies from Aarhus University.

Being part of Energy Cities enables him to directly contribute to Europe’s energy transformation driven by local authorities. Curious about the potential of digital technologies for the local energy transition, he is Energy Cities’ go-to-person on blockchain, artificial intelligence and related areas.

Inside the office, he is a twitter geek (catch him on @daviddonnerer) and considered as the “hard-drive” of the organization. Outside the office, he is passionate about football, food and also music, being an avid piano player.

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European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

European Investment Bank vows to divest from fossil fuels

In its draft describing the new energy lending policy published today, the European Investment Bank takes a big step for climate action. Will it be able to stick to its promise?

New publication: Investment needs for the local energy transition

New publication: Investment needs for the local energy transition

The locally-driven energy transition is essential to achieve the Paris Agreement’s objectives by 2050. This report is showcasing five examples of European cities, that are […]

Four takeaways from the European Commission’s 2050 vision for a climate-neutral Europe

Four takeaways from the European Commission’s 2050 vision for a climate-neutral Europe

The EU executive has outlined today its bold vision for making Europe climate-neutral by 2050. The Commission’s landmark strategy aims to make the EU compatible […]

LIFE PlanUp report on good practices in energy and climate governance

LIFE PlanUp report on good practices in energy and climate governance

A guidebook on public participation in the EU national energy and climate plans

This new report from the LIFE PlanUp project provides guidance to national policymakers on how to involve cities, civil society, the public and other stakeholders in the design and delivery of EU national energy and climate plans.

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

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

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.

Investment needs for the local energy transition

Investment needs for the local energy transition

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

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.