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What is Agroecology?  | REVOLVE

What is Agroecology?  | REVOLVE | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
At the origin of agroecology is the recognition that agriculture is deeply interconnected with the environment. By understanding and consider agriculture as a natural ecosystem, agroecologists aim to maximize the benefits of ecological processes while minimizing negative impacts on the environment. This involves 3 main points focusing in: promoting biodiversity, enhancing soil health and conserving water resources.
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These child-friendly mobility devices are all the rage in Finnish cities | TheMayor.EU

Muksubussi are becoming increasingly popular in Finnish kindergartens as a mode of transportation for nature-based and healthy habit-forming activities.
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New tool empowers regions in their energy transition across Europe – Energy in Demand – Sustainable Energy – Rod Janssen

New tool empowers regions in their energy transition across Europe – Energy in Demand – Sustainable Energy – Rod Janssen | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The REGIO1st Planning Framework provides a comprehensive, structured approach for regional energy planners in Europe to develop and implement sustainable, cost-effective energy strategies in line with the Energy Efficiency First (EE1st) principle.

Regions and cities play a key role in the energy transition across Europe, as they are the main channel for the implementation of the Green Deal1, and of its climate and energy objectives. They are the main players involved in energy transition on-site being in direct contact with the reality and challenges on the ground.
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AVIS de l'ADEME - La transition juste

AVIS de l'ADEME - La transition juste | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Il y a beaucoup plus à perdre qu'à gagner à l'inaction climatique en France et dans le monde. La notion de " transition juste ", inscrite au préambule de l'accord de Paris, ne dit pas autre chose. Il s'agit bien, en premier, de faire la transition car c'est un objectif d'intérêt général majeur, qui conditionne à terme, tous les autres.

La transition juste est une transition :
- qui accompagne la cessation ou la mutation des activités brunes et le développement des activités vertes …
- tout en tenant compte des vulnérabilités propres aux différentes composantes de nos sociétés et de nos économies.
- et qui soit élaborée le plus démocratiquement possible par l'ensemble des parties prenantes, dont les citoyens, les ONG, les syndicats, les entreprises et les collectivités, aux différentes échelles territoriales.

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The climate clock ticks: Europe’s circular response to an urgent crisis

The Green Deal represents a program for the structural transformation of the European economy based on significant investment programs. As President von der Leyen stated in the European Parliament on December 11, 2019, “The European Green Deal is not just about emissions. It is about boosting innovation, ensuring quality food, and modernizing mobility. It will create new businesses and new markets across Europe.”

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Why has the ‘15-minute city’ taken off in Paris but become a controversial idea in the UK? | Cities | The Guardian

Why has the ‘15-minute city’ taken off in Paris but become a controversial idea in the UK? | Cities | The Guardian | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Urbanist Carlos Moreno on how his concept is transforming French life and what is hindering change across the Channel
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Should Cooperatives Aim for Growth?

Cooperatives and social enterprises represent an alternative to capitalist profit-seeking in times of ecosocial crisis. But how can the social and solidarity economy scale up and go mainstream without reproducing unsustainable models of infinite growth?

Despite the social and solidarity economy (SSE)’s emphasis on social and environmental objectives, those of us who identify with it still form part of a capitalist, growth-obsessed society.1 There seems to be no limit to how much bigger things can get, and the word “enough” has apparently all but disappeared from our vocabulary. Capitalism and growth, after all, are inseparable – the accumulation of capital is a process of infinite growth.
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Clean heat standards handbook

Clean heat standards handbook | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Policymakers across the globe are searching for solutions to reduce the use of fossil fuels and their associated climate impacts. Attention has focused on For policymakers seeking solutions to reduce fossil fuel use and their associated climate impacts, RAP offers a clean heat standard handbook.
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Home renovations for Europe’s low-income families get a boost | TheMayor.EU

In the northeastern Italian city of Trieste, a construction project intended as a model for Europe is getting underway. On the southeastern outskirts of the city, eight buildings with social housing dating from the early 1950s will be demolished and replaced by energy-efficient apartments.

What’s more, green spaces will be created and existing ones improved around the new homes to enhance the attractiveness of the area and foster outdoor activity and social interaction.
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Does the European Union have the resources to match its ambitions? | Euronews

Does the European Union have the resources to match its ambitions? | Euronews | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Calls to reform the institutions to make the EU more efficient, more democratic and better adapted to contemporary challenges are growing.
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5 things we learned from the EU’s big (and first) climate risk report - POLITICO Pro

5 things we learned from the EU’s big (and first) climate risk report - POLITICO Pro | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

5 things we learned from the EU’s big (and first) climate risk report
Farming must change. Diets must evolve. Southern Europe is at risk. And disaster looms if EU leaders don’t act after June’s election.

BRUSSELS — Act now or climate change will wreak catastrophic damage on Europe.

That’s the blunt message scientists sent to the European Union’s leaders on Monday in the first-ever report on climate risks facing the bloc from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Socialising energy

Socialising energy | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
To regain lost momentum for an energy transition, climate and energy justice campaigners can learn from Berliners’ victorious referendum in support of a radical expropriation housing in 2021. This not only followed a strategy that put the costs on the corporations rather than people, it also goes beyond traditional public ownership to explore models of popular participation. 
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The Impact of Disinformation on Climate Action | TheMayor.EU

This article defines the actors that hide behind the climate change denial propaganda campaigns online and suggests possible avenues for counteraction to limit this phenomenon.
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The Oil Crash Is Coming Sooner Than We Think

The Oil Crash Is Coming Sooner Than We Think | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Low-energy is the future, either through choice or physics. We are running out of time to have a say.
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Equity in the boardroom

Equity in the boardroom | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
In the first series of Talking Transitions, we looked at how the transition to a decarbonised economy is inherently several different and varied transitions that span across sectors, geographies and timelines.
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How green are parties' manifestos vying in the European election? | Euronews

How green are parties' manifestos vying in the European election? | Euronews | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Some political forces present concrete pledges while others offer general commitments to preserve the environment, keep up with the energy transition and tackle chemical and plastic pollution.
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Exploring urban resilience — by Lauren Sorkin | 

Floods and droughts. Economic crises and unforeseen pandemics. Citizen data breaches and the obsolescence of digital infrastructure. Threats to public security and the uncertain future posed by climate change. As apocalyptic as it may seem, cities face interconnected challenges of great magnitude, and the need to continue providing responses to them to ensure the well-being of people. Faced with this daunting array, one term emerges as a solution umbrella: urban resilience.
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Belgium: School roof solar panels — initial results of an ambitious programme from SeGEC together with the EIB, ELENA and Belfius Banque

Belgium: School roof solar panels — initial results of an ambitious programme from SeGEC together with the EIB, ELENA and Belfius Banque | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
In late September 2022, Secrétariat général de l’enseignement catholique (SeGEC), Belfius Banque, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the DUSS consultancy launched a major project to equip private schools with solar panels. A year and a half later, all of the partners together with Reno.energy — the company that won the installation call for tenders in 2023 — have stated that the project has so far been a success.
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Contested EU green buildings law adopted  – Euractiv

Contested EU green buildings law adopted  – Euractiv | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The EU’s buildings directive has been adopted by EU countries, paving the way for national renovation plans amid cheer from the wider energy efficiency industry.
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Climate Justice is not a Commodity

A dominant view of climate justice advocates for richer nations to pay developing ones to do the work of “solving” climate change. But this renders climate justice a mere commodity.
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In focus: Energy efficient buildings - delivering energy and cost savings for EU citizens

In focus: Energy efficient buildings - delivering energy and cost savings for EU citizens | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Preventing the avoidable waste of energy significantly reduces the amount of energy we need, allowing us to replace the EU’s traditional dependency on fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources, more efficiently and at a lower cost.
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Urmas Klaas: Arts can and must give people the ability and courage to dream of a future | TheMayor.EU | Interview

Urmas Klaas: Arts can and must give people the ability and courage to dream of a future | TheMayor.EU | Interview | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Read this interview with Urmas Klaas, the mayor of Tartu, in which he shares more about the vision of the 2024 European Capital of Culture.
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We need to talk about heating and cooling

We need to talk about heating and cooling | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
When I was asked to lead the Cool Heating Coalition – a recently formed group of NGOs and think tanks advocating for renewable and affordable heating and cooling – I knew that this was an offer I could not refuse. My working life over the past thirty years has focused on climate and energy issues, stemming from my belief that climate change is the overarching challenge of our times. And with heating and cooling accounting for around half of energy consumption in the European Union, we simply can’t reach our climate targets without decarbonizing heating and cooling.
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Lobbyists fight to keep the EU’s 2035 gas car phase-out alive - POLITICO Pro

Lobbyists fight to keep the EU’s 2035 gas car phase-out alive - POLITICO Pro | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Ending the sale of new carbon dioxide-emitting cars is politically unpopular, but one green group says it’s needed for the EU’s climate goals.
The European Union’s green agenda is increasingly under fire, which is prompting backers of the idea of ending the sale of fossil fuel cars by 2035 to unleash campaigns aimed at ensuring no backsliding after June’s European election.

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Spain bans domestic flights if there’s a train route that travels as fast | TheMayor.EU

At the end of last week, it was announced that Spain will ban certain short-haul domestic flights as part of its 2050 climate action plan. The benchmark to decide which flights will be cancelled will depend mainly on whether there is a high-speed train route that can connect the same two points in less than two and a half hours.
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