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Greece's Western Macedonia wants to halt all renewable energy projects

Greece's Western Macedonia wants to halt all renewable energy projects | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The Regional Council of Western Macedonia may propose to suspend all licensing of renewable energy projects and their implementation until spatial and sustainable development planning rules are adopted for the area. It is the most important province for the energy transition plans pushed by Greece’s government.

Following controversy regarding a floating solar power plant project on one of Greece’s biggest lakes, the majority in the Regional Council of Western Macedonia decided to demand the suspension of all licensing for green energy applications and works until the completion of the regional framework for spatial planning and sustainable development as well as for renewables.

Regional and municipal councils must get a decisive role in the sector so that they can contribute to the creation of green jobs and environmental protection while ensuring the priority for local investors in the segment of renewable energy, the draft document adds. The proposal was launched immediately after the local authorities stood up against covering up to a quarter of one of the country’s biggest lakes with solar power plants.
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The European Union (EU) has embarked on an ambitious ecological transition based on the European Green Deal, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. This Policy brief examines the environmental policies put in place by the von der Leyen Commission and analyzes their impact on the European economy and the different countries. The Green Deal includes measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote the circular economy and protect biodiversity.

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Climate Citizens’ Assemblies Spring to Life in Europe

In a world grappling with the climate crisis, social unrest, and polarisation undermining democracy, an oasis of ideas for a better future has bloomed. It happened in Milan during the Spring School on Climate Citizens’ Assemblies. The two-day event brought to the same room the instigators of the next wave of participatory democracy that looms on the horizon. Uncover their stories, insights, and dreams for a greener tomorrow for Europe.
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After Bonn and towards COP 29: the battle on finance and the role of financing plans for the transition

Climate negotiations started in Bonn last week with a straightforward message on the relevance of finance and the revised climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. During the opening ceremony of the sixtieth sessions of the subsidiary bodies (SB 60) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Simon Stiell –Executive Secretary– highlighted the need to “make serious progress on finance, the great enabler of climate action” and to aim for bolder, broader and inclusive third generation Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs 3.0) that “can serve as blueprints to propel economies and societies forward and drive more resilience”.
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Belgium to champion citizen energy at ministerial summit | Euronews

Belgium to champion citizen energy at ministerial summit | Euronews | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Speaking exclusively to Euronews, Belgium's energy minister Tinne Van der Straeten explains why she is pushing for governments to recognise the important contribution community electricity projects and cooperatives could make to Europe's energy transition.
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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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European Parliament inaugural plenary - Live insights and updates | Euronews

European Parliament inaugural plenary - Live insights and updates | Euronews | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
This week, Euronews takes you behind the scenes of a decisive plenary session establishing the new European leadership. Will MEPs reappoint Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission? Will Roberta Metsola remain President of the Parliament? Follow the latest political developments. #EuropeNews
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Cultivating Resilience: Urban and Guerrilla Gardening in Barcelona

Urban and guerrilla gardening can contribute to cooling cities while bringing people together, providing critical spaces for education and active citizenship.
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Experts: France will not submit its national energy and climate plan to Brussels on time – Euractiv

Experts: France will not submit its national energy and climate plan to Brussels on time – Euractiv | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The current political situation in France makes it almost impossible to send the EU Commission the French national energy-climate plan (NECP) by 30 June. 
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District heating: a European champion?

District heating: a European champion? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Heating is a complex part of the energy transition but district networks are a potentially powerful way to achieve widespread decarbonisation. Morgan Henley joins the Policy Dispatch to talk about how Central and Eastern Europe is feeling the benefit of its networks.
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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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