David Donnerer

EU Policy & Project Management

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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5 takeaways from the EIB’s new energy lending policy

5 takeaways from the EIB’s new energy lending policy

We won! After months of lobbying by Energy Cities and the Fossil Free EIB campaign, Europe’s public bank has adopted a new funding policy. It is good news! But what will it bring for cities’ energy transition?

9 country lessons + 10 recommendations = 1 effective National Energy and Climate Plan

9 country lessons + 10 recommendations = 1 effective National Energy and Climate Plan

With EU Member States set to submit their final national energy and climate plans (NECPs) by the end of the year, they should tap into the potential of their cities and citizens to design and deliver robust, ambitious and mutually beneficial plans.

Germany fails to regain climate leadership

Germany fails to regain climate leadership

It has been trumpeted as a “very powerful package” by the German government. The long-awaited draft of Germany’s first climate protection law, unveiled on September 20, is ultimately insufficient to catapult the so-called energy transition pioneer back into climate leadership.

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

National Energy and Climate Plans

Cities' leading role in the European energy transition not acknowledged

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.