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The citizens of Differdange have spoken

The citizens of Differdange have spoken | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

We launched an action to gather feedback and ideas from the citizens of Differdange. We sent them a postcard, which was featured in the monthly magazine of the city. Next to the postcard, the magazine also included an article dedicated to FUSILLI, which was a great opportunity to explain the project to the citizens of Differdange.
With the postcard, we want the citizens to send us their ideas. The citizens could return their answers online or bring the postcard to the cultural centre.

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Resilient urban and peri-urban agriculture

Resilient urban and peri-urban agriculture | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The City of Rome developed a participatory urban gardening project. The aim of the project is two-fold: it fights social exclusion and poverty and allows brownfield recovery.
Working with NGOs, citizens, disadvantaged people and minorities, the city uses the urban and suburban agriculture as a means to improve governance processes. Alongside employment policy, social and intercultural dialogue has a pre-eminent role to play. The importance of other factors such as housing, health, culture and communication should also be acknowledged.
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Experts on wheels: Vienna’s Climate Tour will spread awareness of climate action | TheMayor.EU

Experts on wheels: Vienna’s Climate Tour will spread awareness of climate action | TheMayor.EU | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The tour aims to act as an ambassador to Vienna’s comprehensive climate plan, with the goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2040. In that sense, according to the city, the tour would function as a multifunctional information carrier, that wants to draw attention. They want citizens to be enticed by the presentation and discover the climate measures for themselves.

The experts, that will staff the bikes, on the other hand, will provide all the necessary information about the city’s plans to tackle the issue and what individuals can do to help themselves. Also, people would be able to try out the e-cargo bikes as an alternative to personal cars.
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Barcelona Prepares Climate Shelters to Keep Residents Cool During the Summer Months

Barcelona Prepares Climate Shelters to Keep Residents Cool During the Summer Months | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Around the world, cities are implementing measures to reduce or mitigate the effects of rising temperatures. To protect the most vulnerable groups of citizens, the City Council of Barcelona has decided to create a network of climate shelters. These are specially conditioned spaces kept at 26 degrees Celsius with good accessibility, rest, and water areas to ease the sensation of heat. Spaces across the city are adapted to serve as shelters, with local schools being one of the primary resources used in the program.
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Could Berlin become a car-free city in the next four years? | TheMayor.EU

Could Berlin become a car-free city in the next four years? | TheMayor.EU | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The Green party tried to push a bill to make the city centre of Berlin car-free, however, the Senate rejected the proposition. Despite the propositions merits of reducing traffic, emissions and pollut..
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UK government could tax energy suppliers in face of soaring energy bills

UK government could tax energy suppliers in face of soaring energy bills | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
COLUMN. The measure comes against a background of skyrocketing inflation that has rekindled the debate on inequality in the United Kingdom, as journalist Jean-Michel Bezat explains.
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Solidarity City

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Solidarity City is a media project of Cooperative City Magazine to promote and strengthen social and solidarity economy practices throughout Europe. Taking Vienna as its starting point, the project aims at mapping initiatives that focus on social inclusion, fair employment, participation, sustainable food systems, ethical consumption and responsible tourism, and exploring their achievements and challenges, as well as telling their stories and helping them gain visibility.


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Sustainable diets: a new perspective to include the less affluent

Sustainable diets: a new perspective to include the less affluent | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Based on a literature review on low-income people (defined here as the poorest 40% in terms of standard of living) food diets, this Issue Brief presents key elements on the practices and the relationship that this category of population has with sustainable food. The objective is to better qualify their food behaviors and aspirations, particularly with respect to the rest of the population, in order to characterize the participation of this social group in the transition to sustainable food. Finally, it is a question of identifying the conditions for a true co-construction of sustainable food paradigms, in a food justice perspective.
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Public Policies & Governance for Territorial Food Systems

Public Policies & Governance for Territorial Food Systems | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

The transition towards territorial food systems requires new public policies that consider innovative and effective formulas for participatory governance, among other facilitating elements. Food democracy impacts citizen empowerment when it comes to bringing together actors for this necessary action for change. The local perspective and the consolidation of participatory structures can be nurtured through networks such as those promoted by the URBACT Programme through Local Action Groups.

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Cost Study of the Building Decarbonization Code

Cost Study of the Building Decarbonization Code | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

This “Cost Study of the Building Decarbonization Code” analyzes the incremental first cost and life cycle cost of two common building types that follow the code language in NBI’s Building Decarbonization Code. The study, which was supported by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), analyzes first costs for both all-electric and mixed-fuel paths for single-family and medium office prototypes. It also includes life cycle cost analysis for the single-family scenario. Ultimately, the cost study found that all-electric homes achieve construction savings and mixed-fuel buildings households are only nominally more expensive. It also found marginal additional first costs for property owners of the all-electric medium office building prototype, with most of those attributed to electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Additionally, researchers determined that life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) for the single-family prototypes produced both economic and societal benefits. Researchers used cost data from New York State, a relatively expensive market, in colder Climate Zone 5A.

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Towards multifunctionality: adaptation beyond the nature–society dichotomy

Towards multifunctionality: adaptation beyond the nature–society dichotomy | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

The framing of nature as separate from culture impacts our notion of landscapes and the functions, infrastructures and activities deemed appropriate within these, where natural landscapes are associated with nature conservation, and the built environment with human activity. In this paper, we propose bridging this nature–society dichotomy through a multifunctional perspective as a way to adopt a more systemic view of space in relation to landscape traits as well as material artefacts.

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"EU missions will tackle pressing global challenges"

"EU missions will tackle pressing global challenges" | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Markku Markkula (FI/EPP), member of Espoo City Council and President of the Helsinki Region, has drafted the European Committee of the Regions' opinion on European missions. The opinion was adopted at the CoR plenary session on 27-28 April. In this interview, Markkula explains how the missions can contribute to the EU's efforts to accelerate the green and digital transitions and move towards climate neutrality.

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Germany to introduce 9-euro month pass for all public transport | TheMayor.EU

Germany to introduce 9-euro month pass for all public transport | TheMayor.EU | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Germany will introduce a monthly pass, at the price of just 9 euros, that will be valid for all public transport, including trains, subway and buses. The decision came as a response to rising fuel pri..

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Turin: from sectoral actions to a strategic approach

Turin: from sectoral actions to a strategic approach | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The City of Turin has established an interdepartmental and intersectoral coordination on food policies that include and represent all offices dealing with it and encourage a shift from sectoral actions to more strategic approaches.

The goal is to improve the governance process in which all components of the city administration participate.
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Germany's GIZ to help Serbia make renewables available to everyone

Germany's GIZ to help Serbia make renewables available to everyone | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Minister Zorana Mihajlović signed an agreement with GIZ on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Serbia.
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The need for a socially-just European Green Deal

The need for a socially-just European Green Deal | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

This policy paper by the Jacques Delors Institute, aims at drawing lessons from the French movement of the Yellow Vests for EU climate policy. It argues that Yellow Vests were not against the carbon price or climate action per se, they were against socially-unfair climate policy. The overall legitimacy and efficiency of the EU Green Deal would be strengthened if the polluter-pays principle is applied consistently, and if climate policies take into account people’s differentiated capabilities and responsibilities in the face of the climate crisis. The just transition is a narrow path that jointly addresses the climate and social emergencies and calls for renewed governance to better take into account daily realities of all citizens. If an EU carbon price on heating and road transport is eventually charged on EU citizens, mitigating risks of social backlash would require the adoption of : socially-fair price signals (e.g. remove exemptions for businesses, industry or aviation), more ambitious regulations (high Minimum Energy Performance Standards for existing buildings and CO2 standards for cars), adequate financing and technical assistance (sufficiently funded and frontloaded Social Climate Fund), and a more inclusive governance (mandate and support involvement of all stakeholders in the energy transition decision-making, include strong multi-level governance in the Social Climate Fund). These recommendations hold with or without ETS2 but become all the more important if ETS2 is adopted. Beyond the need to avoid social unrest, the “Fit for 55” climate package is above all a unique opportunity to implement a socially-just transition that would alleviate existing carbon inequalities, hence strengthening the EU social cohesion and future resilience.

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Citizen participation? Hell no! (EN) – SDS LAB SHOP

Citizen participation? Hell no! (EN) – SDS LAB SHOP | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Citizen participation? Hell no! is a game created originally by Christophe Gouache for the Active Citizens’ URBACT action planning network. The game was created based on the long experience of Strategic Design Scenarios on citizen participation, forms of participatory approaches, social innovation and design for policy projects, initiatives, action-research processes, etc. SDS has worked for more than 10 years together with elected officials and civil servants, hearing a lot of comments, arguments, explanations from some people which justify their non-engagement towards more participatory processes…
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Without adequate funding, meeting Britain’s net zero target is doomed – Energy in Demand – Sustainable Energy – Rod Janssen

Without adequate funding, meeting Britain’s net zero target is doomed – Energy in Demand – Sustainable Energy – Rod Janssen | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Climate change: UK’s net zero target is under threat because there’s no plan to pay for it

The UK government’s plan for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is at a serious risk of sinking before it’s been fully launched. With the Treasury having rejected a request by MPs to come up with a “clear funding plan”, there’s now every chance that an already bad plan will turn into no plan at all.
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Lyon Politiques : 2030: Lyon Ville climatiquement neutre ?

Lyon Politiques : 2030: Lyon Ville climatiquement neutre ? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Interview de Sylvain Godinot, 2eme adjoint au Maire de Lyon délégué à la transition écologique et au patrimoine.

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Podcast - Ni totem ni tabou : la sobriété, tout simplement

Podcast - Ni totem ni tabou : la sobriété, tout simplement | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Du Covid à la guerre en Ukraine, de l’alimentation à l’énergie, ces derniers mois, le mot sobriété a été brandi à tout bout de champ… Un quasi totem pour certains… Pourtant cette notion, déjà ancienne dans la sphère environnementale, est un véritable tabou pour d’autres. La sobriété nous fracturerait-elle ? Il va bien falloir s’en parler, et dépassionner le débat… Qu’est-ce que la sobriété ? Peut-elle faire reculer les inégalités ? Comment l’organiser collectivement ? Quel impact sur nos vies ? Mathieu Saujot répond aux questions de Sophie Larmoyer.
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Guide : "Vers la Résilience alimentaire, faire face aux menaces globales à l'échelle des territoires"

Guide : "Vers la Résilience alimentaire, faire face aux menaces globales à l'échelle des territoires" | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Cette publication inédite marque l’aboutissement d’un travail de recherche d’un an et demi, conduit par l’association Les Greniers d’Abondance et de nombreux partenaires scientifiques, experts et acteurs de terrain.
Il expose les vulnérabilités du système alimentaire contemporain face à différentes crises systémiques : changement climatique, épuisement des ressources, effondrement de la biodiversité…
Nous invitons les collectivités territoriales à se saisir de cet enjeu, en leur proposant un ensemble cohérent d’actions et de leviers à mettre en œuvre à leur échelle.

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Vienna launches its own line of organic produce

Vienna launches its own line of organic produce | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Wien Gusto’, as the brand is called, will source its produce from the nearly 2,000 hectares of farm land owned by the city
Yesterday, the city of Vienna announced that it will launch its own line of organic produce, which will be sold on the retail markets. The city owns around 2,000 hectares of arable land and vineyards, making it one of the largest organic farms in Austria.

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Bringing Energy Poverty Research into local practice - Exploring Subnational Scale Analyses

Bringing Energy Poverty Research into local practice - Exploring Subnational Scale Analyses | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Energy poverty requires holistic efforts at all levels of governance, from the European to the local level. This Energy Poverty Advisory Hub report conducts a thorough scientific literature review of studies that delve into energy poverty assessment and the identification and targeting of the energy-poor population at subnational spatial scales (smaller than national). This report aims to investigate, identify and analyse the variety of data sources, datasets, and methods used in the literature for assessing energy poverty at greater spatial resolution for specific contexts, territories, and populations. Ultimately, the goal is to collect helpful information and knowledge, and channel it in the direction of local governments and organisations to inform their local practice and initiatives. Frequently, local initiatives are supported by local datasets informally collected by local governments and providing a valuable contribution. By tapping into studies in academia, we complement and strengthen both the data resources available to local governments and the toolbox of methods to evaluate this issue and identify the different profiles of vulnerable people.
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RePowerEU: new mapping tool supports identification of go–to areas for renewables

RePowerEU: new mapping tool supports identification of go–to areas for renewables | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

In line with the REPowerEU communication and the revised EU rules on renewable energy published today, EU Member States are required to map suitable land and sea areas for renewable energy project. This means designating ‘renewables go-to’ areas, and avoiding environmentally valuable areas.
The Commission has made available relevant datasets in the Energy and Industry Geography LabSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN••• online platform to support Member States in identifying these go-to areas. This will help in the rapid deployment of new installations for the production of energy from wind and solar renewable sources.
The platform was developed by the Joint Research Centre and launched in December 2021. It brings together a wealth of information on relevant energy, industry and environmental factors to support infrastructure planning for the energy transition.

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Munich: If you sow cycle highways, you reap cyclists

Munich: If you sow cycle highways, you reap cyclists | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

The Bavarian capital wants to construct a massive, city-wide cycling expressway system by 2025.
Recently, the local government in Munich announced a new cycling infrastructure strategy, that will see the construction of six cycling expressways in the city, as well as a bicycle ring road around the centre. This massive expansion of the cycling infrastructure came after a 2019 citizen-led petition and a feasibility study from last year.

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