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Can Cities Be Guardians of Digital Rights?

Can Cities Be Guardians of Digital Rights? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Everybody who’s professionally involved in technology in cities and communities agrees that the debate on digital rights has moved beyond the implementation of smart technologies. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) turned ‘Privacy’ into a hot topic, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal catapulted the debate on ethical use of data high up the political agenda.
As a result of this global politicisation of digital affairs, local councils are increasingly becoming aware of their political power to decide and shape the digital development of their cities. For example, 5G infrastructures are not a matter of ‘neutral smart city efficiency’; city councils across the world – the closest democratic representatives of citizens – have a choice how and which data can be collected and by whom.

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À partir d’une fresque du XIVe siècle, il imagine la ville idéale de demain

À partir d’une fresque du XIVe siècle, il imagine la ville idéale de demain | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
À quoi devrait ressembler la ville durable du futur ? L'expert en neutralité carbone Julien Dossier répond en transposant la célèbre fresque de Lorenzetti dans notre monde. Voici le résultat, enrichi des explications audio de l'auteur à We Demain.
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Europan, le concours d'urbanisme le plus discret (et le plus intelligent) - Libération

Europan, le concours d'urbanisme le plus discret (et le plus intelligent) - Libération | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Chaque semaine, une histoire de villes, de villages et d'enjeux urbains. Aujourd'hui, un documentaire réalisé pour les 30 ans d'une consultation qui réunit les architectes et les élus autour de sites à problèmes. A l'échelle européenne, de surcroît.
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Croatia’s Geo Power Zagocha plans to build 20 MW geothermal power plant

Croatia’s Geo Power Zagocha plans to build 20 MW geothermal power plant | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Croatia’s Geo Power Zagocha intends to build 20 MW geothermal power plant in the Slatina region, according to an application submitted to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

The plant will use Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system to produce electricity, which will be delivered to the distribution network of HEP ODS, Croatia’s state power grid operator, reads the application for determining the need for an environmental impact assessment.
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The proposals of 5 think tanks to meet the energy and climate challenge in Europe

Almost four years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, the European Union (EU) must quickly raise its ambition in the fight against climate change if it wants to maintain its leadership on climate change and encourage other countries in the world to do the same. To limit global warming to 1.5 or 2°C, much remains to be done at EU level.

With the European elections on 26 May 2019, five French and European think tanks joined forces to make proposals and thus feed the work programme of the future Parliament and the future Commission.
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Netherlands ready to start taxing air travel

Netherlands ready to start taxing air travel | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The Dutch government will introduce a €7 levy per air passenger in 2021 if the EU does not manage to set up a pan-European tax, as momentum builds behind calls to crack down on aviation’s environmental impact.
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Il y a 30 ans nous aurions pu sauver la Terre : voici pourquoi nous ne l’avons pas fait

Il y a 30 ans nous aurions pu sauver la Terre : voici pourquoi nous ne l’avons pas fait | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Perdre la Terre, livre tiré de l’article-fleuve de Nathaniel Rich paru dans le New York Times en août 2018, retrace avec précision, à la manière d'un roman à suspense, la genèse de cet échec. Issu d’un travail de deux ans et de plus de cent interviews avec les protagonistes de ce drame existentiel (scientifiques, politiciens, militants…), il questionne gravement sur notre incapacité à agir pour éviter la catastrophe climatique. Car dans les années 1980, contrairement à ce qu’on pourrait penser, nous touchions au but. Le consensus scientifique était acquis ; la presse sonnait l’alarme ; les plaidoyers en faveur d’un traité international juridiquement contraignant s’enchaînaient au Congrès américain ; et même des grandes entreprises pétrolières comme Exxon et Shell ont sérieusement envisagé “une transition très raisonnable et progressive des combustibles fossiles vers les énergies renouvelables” (pour reprendre les mots d'Henry Shaw, chercheur à Exxon)... L’humanité était mûre. “Nous avons été près, en tant que civilisation, de rompre le pacte suicidaire qui nous lie aux combustibles fossiles”, signale Nathaniel Rich.

Ce que raconte Perdre la Terre, c’est un fulgurant backlash. Un pas en arrière soudain, une reculade brutale, un réveil enragé des forces conservatrices, savamment maîtrisé par des experts en communication.
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[VIDÉO] Europe, terre de résonance ?

[VIDÉO] Europe, terre de résonance ? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
À l'occasion de la publication de son dernier essai « Résonance. Une sociologie de la relation au monde », la Revue Projet a rencontré le sociologue et philosophe alleman
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Germany, Poland snub EU appeal for greater climate ambition – EURACTIV.com

Germany, Poland snub EU appeal for greater climate ambition – EURACTIV.com | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The governments of France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg have launched an appeal to boost EU climate action ahead of a major summit on the future of Europe taking place in Romania next Thursday (9 May).
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Making Europe Visible: Why the European elections need a Spitzenkandidaten TV debate during prime time

Making Europe Visible: Why the European elections need a Spitzenkandidaten TV debate during prime time | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
It's election time this May. But the candidates standing in these elections remain unknown to many citizens. JEF Germany started the campaign #EuropaMachen for a better European Union. The…
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IEA: Renewables growth worldwide is stalling

IEA: Renewables growth worldwide is stalling | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
It’s bad enough that 2018 net capacity additions did not exceed 2017’s after two decades of strong growth. It is far more troubling that nobody saw it coming, says the IEA, who have laid out the data and main cause: stop-go policies. 2018’s 180 GW is only 60% of what needs to be added each …
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Cutting cities' emissions does have economic benefits – and these ultimately outweigh the costs

Cutting cities' emissions does have economic benefits – and these ultimately outweigh the costs | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The debate about the transition away from fossil fuels has focused on costs, but right here in Australia we have examples of the benefits of sustainable new energy sources for our cities.
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Blockchain Is The Next Big Thing For Renewable Energy

Blockchain Is The Next Big Thing For Renewable Energy | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Blockchain has been touted as the next big technological advance affecting everything from currency to electrical grids, but what does it mean for clean energy? This article explores some of the implications of blockchain and cryptocurrency
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Are we living in a Suburban Planet?

Are we living in a Suburban Planet? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
This book focuses on the process that creates the global urban periphery, namely suburbanization, as well as the ways of life, suburbanisms, that are encountered there. Inspired by Henri Lefebvre&#…
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A Bratislava, la ville se redessine face au changement climatique - Libération

A Bratislava, la ville se redessine face au changement climatique - Libération | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Dans la capitale slovaque, l'urbaniste Zuzana Hudekova pilote un projet de rénovation urbaine ambitieuse dont le but est d'adapter les immeubles aux extrêmes climatiques.
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Livestream  EU Citizens' Consultations - What's next?

Livestream  EU Citizens' Consultations - What's next? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

In December 2018, a new concept of permanent structured dialogue mechanism was proposed for discussion by the presidents of the CoR and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The call for a reinforced link between the EU and its citizens was reaffirmed by the Declaration of the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities in March this year. The CoR is thus in the process of designing its "European Citizens’ Consultations" model; a more permanent and structured format, combined with a feedback mechanism aiming to better include the local level in the EU decision-making process. In order to prepare for this new model, the fifth of a series of lunchtime seminars will be held in the European Committee of the Regions on the 7th of May. Ms Claudia Chwalisz, Policy Analyst, Open Government Unit, OECD, Ms Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst, Head of Programme, EPC and Mr Dominik Hierlemann, Bertelsmann Foundation, Gütersloh/Brussels, Belgium will present the academic point of view on citizen engagement.

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Bulgaria to launch EUR 33 million renewables, energy efficiency, energy security program

Bulgaria to launch EUR 33 million renewables, energy efficiency, energy security program | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Bulgaria is preparing to launch its Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Energy Security Program, with an estimated EUR 33 million budget to finance street lighting, geothermal and hydropower utilization, energy efficiency in buildings, and other projects, the Ministry of Energy has said on its website.
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EU countries still have a chance to improve their climate plans

EU countries still have a chance to improve their climate plans | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
This assessment finds that, while the draft national climate plans indicate countries are taking steps towards climate action by 2030, they do not yet live up to the ambitions set by EU legislators and the Paris Agreement. Recurrent problems include limited plans for phase-out of coal and fossil fuel subsidies, few indications on the needed investments, too much use of unsustainable biomass, inadequate public consultation, and lack of explicit effort to back-cast plans from the 2050 goal.

The report identifies several good practices across the draft plans that national and EU policy-makers can take inspiration from and replicate.
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Media Release: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ | IPBES

Media Release: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ | IPBES | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’
Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’
Current global response insufficient;
‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;
Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
1,000,000 species threatened with extinction
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BIOCANTEENS: How one city went 100% organic without spending any more | URBACT

BIOCANTEENS: How one city went 100% organic without spending any more | URBACT | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
For those familiar with Asterix comics, Mouans-Sartoux (FR) could be compared to a small sustainable city, surrounded by the rather unsustainable French Riviera, where it’s all about real estate interest, high pressure on land use and mass tourism.

At the core of the city’s sustainable food project Good Practice, is a canteen serving one thousand 100% organic (and mostly local meals) daily, with no cost increase.

The scheme is based on a 80% food waste reduction, the introduction of plant proteins in menus, educating children and families to healthy sustainable food and the positive effects on local agriculture.
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Technology at scale is key to decarbonised heating and cooling - FORESIGHT

Technology at scale is key to decarbonised heating and cooling - FORESIGHT | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Research from Heat Roadmap Europe and others shows the path ahead to bring the heating and cooling sector in line with the commitments of the Paris climate agreement
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Is it enough just going passive?

Is it enough just going passive? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Is it enough just going passive?
What is an energy sufficient building? How far from this are the buildings we currently live and work in? How can we encourage more sufficient buildings that enable us to live better? Our report explores these questions and offers suggestions for the way forward.
There are many ways to move towards greater energy sufficiency in our buildings.  We can choose to use less space.  We can also choose to use our space more effectively, constructing more flexible buildings that can be used differently as our needs change.  This Concept Paper examines the types of building we need to build, and also the way we build them, the equipment we use to heat them and our behaviour as we use them.
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UK’s net-zero ambition: counting all emissions, not just in-country

The UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has advised its government to go zero-carbon by 2050. But, say Joe Blakey and Marc Hudson of the University of Manchester, counting all emissions means counting the carbon footprint of imports too. Including these (and excluding emissions from exports) the UK’s footprint is 70% higher than the figure …
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Wales's past was in coal but its future is in carbon farming

Wales's past was in coal but its future is in carbon farming | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
To hit emissions targets, Wales will need to drastically reassess how 90% of its landscape is used.
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A New World – The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation

A New World – The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Geopolitics of the energy transformation. An energy transformation driven by renewables will alter the global distribution of power, relations between states, the risk of conflict, and the social, economic and environmental drivers of geopolitical instability.
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Climate Changes Politics

Climate Changes Politics | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
It no can longer be denied that we live in the ruins of capitalism, observes Bruno Latour. The French philosopher’s latest work, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime (Où atterrir?), argues that the ecological disaster that is both the present and near future shapes today’s politics, forcing people to drastically reassess their outlooks on the world. For Latour, the populist ‘conservative revolution’ caters, through denial and rejection, to political questions posed by climate change and ecosystem breakdown. If the European Greens start asking the right questions, he argues, they too are well placed to offer a positive response.
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