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Munich Re boss wants higher carbon emission costs

Munich Re boss wants higher carbon emission costs | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The world’s largest reinsurer Munich Re is urging European policymakers to increase the cost of emitting carbon fivefold in the region to tackle climate change.
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Rebel Cities: These Community Wind Farms in Denmark and Scotland are Decentralising Power to the People

Rebel Cities: These Community Wind Farms in Denmark and Scotland are Decentralising Power to the People | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
A decentralised wind power revolution is already happening in Denmark and Scotland, where community ownership is delivering power to the people.
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In Norway, Oslo leaders are creating a ‘car-free city center.’ Could Boston be next?

In Norway, Oslo leaders are creating a ‘car-free city center.’ Could Boston be next? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
“When you have limited space, who should that be for? We want to prioritize people over cars,” an Oslo official said.
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Member States' National Energy and Climate Plans & energy communities

Member States' National Energy and Climate Plans & energy communities | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
We have undertook the effort to assess the treatment of energy communities in the 28 draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), independently of a pre-existing national frame
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When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg: 'Hope is contagious' | Environment | The Guardian

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg: 'Hope is contagious' | Environment | The Guardian | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
One is America’s youngest-ever congresswoman, the other a Swedish schoolgirl. Two of the most powerful voices on the climate speak for the first time
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These are the 5 most exciting cycling projects in the world

These are the 5 most exciting cycling projects in the world | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The second Bicycle Architecture Biennale showcases some of the innovative ways cities are encouraging bike use in urban areas.
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Lancement de l’observatoire national de l’artificialisation des sols

Lancement de l’observatoire national de l’artificialisation des sols | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
L’État a demandé à trois établissements publics, Cerema, IGN et IRSTEA, de travailler en synergie à la mise en œuvre de cet observatoire qui permettra d’établir des orientations opérationnelles efficaces pour contraindre l’artificialisation des sols.
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Une forêt urbaine, une rue piétonne et des immeubles en bois au cœur du futur quartier Montparnasse

Une forêt urbaine, une rue piétonne et des immeubles en bois au cœur du futur quartier Montparnasse | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Au pied de la tour Montparnasse métamorphosée s’étire une rue centrale bordée de bâtiments en bois hébergeant commerces, bureaux, hôtel, logements, restaurants et équipements culturels. Tout autour, des espaces piétons se mêlent à une de ces « forêts urbaines » dont la maire (PS) de Paris, Anne Hidalgo, a fait l’un des étendards de sa fin de mandat. Le futur visage du quartier Montparnasse a été dévoilé, jeudi 11 juillet : c’est le projet concocté par l’équipe de la star britannique de l’architecture, Sir Richard Rogers, qui a remporté la consultation, lancée en 2018 et qui promet de rendre méconnaissable ce secteur parmi les plus emblématiques et les moins aimés de Paris.
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Social housing could be the first sector to decarbonize

Social housing could be the first sector to decarbonize | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Drastically lowering energy consumption in buildings – and indeed, developing nearly-zero energy buildings (nZEBs) and positive-energy (or ‘smart’) buildings that can interact with the grid – is a cornerstone of Europe’s climate and energy policy.
However, according to European Commission estimates, almost 75% of Europe’s building stock is currently energy inefficient, and the renovation rate ranges from just 0.4 to 1.2%, depending on the country.
Now a Horizon 2020 project, HEART (Holistic Energy and Architectural Retrofit Toolkit), aims to tackle some of the well-documented barriers – including access to finance and the perceived risks of renovation – and equip the social housing sector to lead in mass-scale retrofit.

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The American Green New Deal: from local debates to (inter)national ambition

The American Green New Deal: from local debates to (inter)national ambition | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
On June 18, Donald Trump launched his campaign for the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, targeting a potential second consecutive term that would be rooted, among other things, in the United States' effective withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement the day after the election. At the same time, some Democrats propose to found a Green New Deal (GND), a major economic and environmental project inspired by the investment plan put in place in the aftermath of the Great Depression. In this post, IDDRI deciphers both the national political issues specific to the United States associated with this political project and its possible implications in terms of international climate and environmental governance.
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Time to Rebel: Civil Disobedience for the Planet

Time to Rebel: Civil Disobedience for the Planet | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement has grabbed headlines since late 2018 with its repertoire of non-violent but disruptive tactics to raise climate awareness and protest government inaction on impending ecological collapse. The UK-born phenomenon has transformed into an international movement which continues to gather momentum. We spoke to XR activist Jayne Forbes on her experiences in the London blockades and citizen’s assemblies as well as the wider movement’s demands and strategy.
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Paul Depla, mayor of Breda : We cherish our talent and want to distinguish ourselves from the rest | TheMayor EU

Paul Depla, mayor of Breda : We cherish our talent and want to distinguish ourselves from the rest | TheMayor EU | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
We have several good practices of inhabitants defining new business models in the sharing economy. We, for example, clean our neighbourhoods together and we have a local farm, owned by our inhabitants themselves. The biggest privately owned solar power field in the Netherlands (6.700 solar panels) was realized in Breda. We also have a digital platform for creative ideas in our city, so we can develop innovations faster. In this way we share public tasks and learn from it.
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Local Energy Communities and Distributed Generation: Contrasting Perspectives, and Inevitable Policy Trade-Offs, beyond the Apparent Global Consensus

Local Energy Communities and Distributed Generation: Contrasting Perspectives, and Inevitable Policy Trade-Offs, beyond the Apparent Global Consensus | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Although a certain degree of consensus seems to pervade the ideas of “distributed energy systems” and “energy communities”, in truth, diverse views are involved. This article aims to shed light on the variety of interpretations of these two concepts. In particular, the article critically considers the answers to the following four questions: What exactly is meant by “distributed” in the expression “distributed energy generation”? Why is distributed generation (ethically) desirable? Why should people consider it a positive idea that “communities”—and not individuals or families—are invited to manage distributed generation systems? Lastly, can energy communities be considered different from standard state intervention and from market systems? Clearly defining these questions helps in emphasising crucial differences, and it is an important step toward achieving a critical understanding. The conclusion is that there is no single interpretation for either the idea of distributed energy or that of energy communities. Shifting emphasis from one feature to another can drastically affect what policies are required to foster the creation of such communities and of a distributed energy production scenario.
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La cooperativa madrileña La Corriente ya es comercializadora y llevará a sus socios la tecnología ‘blockchain’ para el intercambio de energía – El Periodico de la Energía | El Periodico de la Energ...

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World's major cities to face 'unknown' climate conditions by...

World's major cities to face 'unknown' climate conditions by... | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
London's climate in 2050 could be similar to Barcelona's current climate, with Madrid feeling more like Marrakesh and Seattle more like San Francisco
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In a moment of urgency, put energy efficiency first – EURACTIV.com

In a moment of urgency, put energy efficiency first – EURACTIV.com | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Steps can be taken to improve energy efficiency. This is the surest route to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, write Kim Fausing and Rachel Kyte.
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Cities are beginning to own up to the climate impacts of what they consume

Cities are beginning to own up to the climate impacts of what they consume | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Cities around the world are beginning to seriously grapple with the question of their consumption emissions — how to measure them, how to make policy to reduce them, and, perhaps most importantly, how to communicate about them.

These are politically explosive issues that bump up against personal choices about where and how we live, even who we are. There’s a reason climate policy has focused so exclusively on production emissions; it is safer ground.
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Slovak government approves Just Transition plan for Upper Nitra

Slovak government approves Just Transition plan for Upper Nitra | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The Slovak government is today approving a plan for Upper Nitra’s transition away from coal, which was created based on inputs from the local community.
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Study investigates roles of public and private parties in regard to MaaS

Study investigates roles of public and private parties in regard to MaaS | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The analysis reveals the legal framework and roles in the MaaS ecosystem, specifically the roles of private and public authorities and operators
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Bordeaux va planter 20 000 arbres d’ici 2025 - Aqui.fr

Bordeaux va planter 20 000 arbres d’ici 2025 - Aqui.fr | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Bordeaux s’engage dans une nouvelle dynamique en renforçant la place de l’arbre en ville. Le maire Nicolas Florian, avec Magali Fronzes, en charge de la nature en ville et des espaces verts, et Anne Walryck, en charge de la transition écologique, ont présenté ce matin le plan « Canopée », adopté lors du Conseil Municipal du 8 juillet. L’objectif est d’augmenter le patrimoine arboré de la ville, qui assure des services écologiques majeurs : constitution d’îlots de fraicheur, source de biodiversité, filtration des polluants atmosphériques et captation du carbone.
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How can we increase financial support for nature-based climate solutions?

How can we increase financial support for nature-based climate solutions? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Nature-based solutions (NBS) are receiving increased political attention. They will be the subject of much focus during the climate action summit organised by the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) in September 2019, and are at the heart of the Action Agenda for Biodiversity, launched in support of preparations for the COP 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, that will be held in China at the end of 2020. There are several focus groups associated with NBS implementation, including one that considers their rightful place within strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their real potential for climate change adaptation. The subject of the international financing of these actions is also central. Beyond injunctions or even the search for innovative funding, it is first necessary to understand what until now has represented an obstacle to a greater financing of NBS, and what solutions can be envisaged1.
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Experiences from Placemaking Week Europe 2019

Experiences from Placemaking Week Europe 2019 | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The purpose of placemaking is to improve place qualities in street spaces, parks and other public spaces through collaborating with citizens and capitalizing on the local identity. Focus is on developing public space design from the eye level. Placemaking Week Europe was hosted for the third time ever and this year’s topics had to do with placemaking for innovation, creative bureaucracy, open-source sharing from placemaking practice, future-proof cities and waterfront cities.
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What happened at the Bonn International Climate Meeting (UNFCCC-SB50)?

What happened at the Bonn International Climate Meeting (UNFCCC-SB50)? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The 15th meeting of the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Bonn from June, 17th to 27th.1 After the intense effort to negotiate the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted in Katowice (December 2018) at COP24, this session focused on a smaller number of technical issues and did not see any major progress, but revealed political issues and tensions that will be key to the success of the September Climate Summit in New York, hosted by the UN Secretary General, and of COP25, to be held in Chile two months later.
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Copenhagen launched a competition for picking up waste | TheMayor EU

Copenhagen launched a competition for picking up waste | TheMayor EU | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Copenhagen has launched initiative to encourage public rubbish collection, announced the Municipality. The city asks what would happen if all 626,350 Copenhageners gathered just one piece of garbage a day during the summer. People are encouraged to pick up waste in the Danish capital, take a selfie and post it on Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag, #takforskrald or join Snapchat and send snap to ‘kbhkommune’. The only condition of the competition is that people have to collect garbage only within Copenhagen. The competition runs until August 12 after which the city will draw a random winner for the prize, which is a cargo bike.
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Daniel Cueff, le maire breton qui invente le village de l’après-pétrole

Daniel Cueff, le maire breton qui invente le village de l’après-pétrole | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Comment vit-on lorsqu’on ne veut pas hypothéquer l’avenir des générations futures ? Dans le village breton de Langouët, un élu fait tout pour en faire un territoire 100 % écologique.
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