Climate district Waldsee

A pilot district-approach to climate protection in Freiburg

The infinite energy …of people

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

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Etienne Vignali

“Smart, yes, but there is a huge challenge related to data quality.”

Interview with Etienne Vignali, SPL Lyon Confluence

What once was a logistics and industrial site with a rather bad reputation has become one of Europe’s biggest urban renewal projects. Create thriving places without overshooting the ecological ceiling: how far is Confluence today from meeting this objective?

Stephan Hartmann

“Urban renewal is a very cooperative process, which has to be done together with the people.”

Interview with Stephan Hartmann, City of Vienna

Stephan takes us behind the scenes of an ambitious demonstration project in Vienna’s low-income district of Simmering. How is smartness being used to give more weight to the voices and interests of a city’s residents?

Donna Gartland

“It’s about understanding what’s important to citizens in Dublin.”

Interview with Donna Gartland, CEO of CODEMA

In this episode Donna Gartland explains what changes can be expected in the city and describes how she and her team trigger conversations with citizens around very abstract topics such as district heating using waste heat from data centres.

From citizen engagement to citizen ownership – Living Street in Turin
Turin - Italy

From citizen engagement to citizen ownership – Living Street in Turin

Sustainable Building Facilitator
Brussels Capital Region - Belgium

Sustainable Building Facilitator

A powerful tool for the Region's 2050 Renovation Strategy

One-Stop-Shop for energy home renovation
Aradippou - Cyprus

One-Stop-Shop for energy home renovation

Involving and rewarding citizens

Local PACTs

Local PACTs

How municipalities create their own COP21

Local green deals vs local COPs: this could be a teaser for this publication… However, it would be too narrow in comparison to the overview […]

Vision Workshop Toolbox

Vision Workshop Toolbox

for Inspired Collaboration on Climate Neutrality

The ambition of the European Union (EU) to be climate neutral by 2050 is an important element of the EU’s climate policy and contribution to […]

The Final National Energy and Climate Plans

The Final National Energy and Climate Plans

EU countries still largely fail to acknowledge local authorities' key role

This report has verified to which extent the key role of local authorities was better reflected in the final National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), compared to the draft NECPs in 2019. We also provide recommendations on how EU countries should improve the acknowledgment of local authorities’ key role in their NECPs, in particular when updating their plans in 2023/24.

Renewable energy partnerships

Renewable energy partnerships

Renewable community energy engagement

Renewable energy partnerships

At present, many local governments in Europe are eager to support their citizens in getting renewable energy projects off the ground or in taking a […]

Zero Carbon Cities

Zero Carbon Cities

New climate change targets in line with the Paris Agreement

Zero Carbon Cities

The URBACT Zero Carbon Cities project, is led by Manchester. Seven European cities are involved in this project : Bistrita (RO) Frankfurt am Main (DE) […]

TOMORROW

TOMORROW

Leading the energy transition bottom-up

TOMORROW

What is TOMORROW? TOMORROW is a Horizon 2020 funded project, aiming at empowering local authorities to lead the transition towards low-carbon, resilient and more liveable […]