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Béatrice Karas

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55 posts on the Energy Cities Blog

 
 

Investing in solar energy: follow the unusual example of a Belgian cooperative

Meet Emmanuel Fontaine, one of its directors and an energy adviser to the municipality of Mouscron (58,000 inhabitants). In France and Germany, citizens are often behind the creation of energy cooperatives. How did you come up with the idea for (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 16 July 2018 | 09h35 | 568 visits
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Community voices in Luzy: village of the future, mates of the future

Flashback to an intense summer day! “This is Luzy in the Nièvre département, there will be a 2-minute stop”. Most of the project facilitation team, a few POTEs and guests invited to today’s meeting get off the train: local players, elected (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 11 July 2018 | 10h34 | 462 visits
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@assises_energie : Be part of the programme!

As in previous years, the event’s coorganisers – the urban community of Dunkirk, Bordeaux Métropole, Greater Geneva, and the ADEME – are calling for national and international contributions in order to build the schedule for the event. You want to (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 24 May 2018 | 11h48 | 543 visits
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Rennes Métropole takes up the challenge of a local ... and collective energy transition - Interview with Olivier Dehaese

Olivier Dehaese Vice-President of Rennes Métropole in charge of the Energy & Climate Plan http://metropole.rennes.fr/ Your council just adopted the new Climate Plan for Rennes Metropolitan Area. What are the Plan’s new directions ? The (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 5 April 2018 | 15h12 | 1032 visits
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Everybody to Switzerland!

Changing to manage change Indispensable for accelerating the energy and social transition, change management involves adopting new ways of working ranging from the community to individual levels. In collaboration with the Club Mobilisation (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 18 January 2018 | 16h15 | 1201 visits
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Happy holiday season!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season We’ll be happy to see you again in 2018 with lots of surprises!

By Béatrice Karas, on 21 December 2017 | 16h45 | 875 visits
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A new ecological and friendly park in Hadera, Israel

Built at the heart of a recent and developing neighbourhood, Hadera’s Eco Park is a unique ecological park covering 86,111 yards. Why "Eco Park" ? The park was built with a special focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, while (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 4 December 2017 | 14h41 | 1857 visits
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Greater Geneva : a cooperative cross-border area

Mr Crastes, running an ambitious energy policy in a single area or country is complicated enough by itself. Why have you decided to join forces with the Swiss section of the conurbation to implement the energy transition? The Greater Geneva (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 13 November 2017 | 16h42 | 1040 visits
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We are looking for a communications student - Join us !

We are looking for a communications student who loves to create engaging communications and who is at ease with writing journalistic style texts in English (French is a bonus). We’re sure you will enrich the communications team’s work with your (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 30 October 2017 | 15h33 | 1069 visits
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Smart Cities: Are they smart enough?

Smart cities, an opportunity for sustainable development! By Laurent Tonnerre, Deputy Mayor of the City of Lorient New digital tools and uses offer a wealth of opportunities, provided, of course, they are not imposed on cities and are (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 26 October 2017 | 12h05 | 966 visits
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Financing the energy renovation of buildings: when budgets are low, creativity rises!

Soft loans - Residential sector (private residential buildings, social housing) Home owners can borrow money to carry out energy-efficient renovation work in their homes for a lower interest rate than the standard market conditions. There (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 20 September 2017 | 15h00 | 1214 visits
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Smarter Together: Munich, when e-vehicles clean the streets!

The City of Munich’s Department of Construction has introduced two new electrically powered street cleaning vehicles. The two utility vehicles will be used to empty waste bins in and around the city-center pedestrian zone. They will also be (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 18 September 2017 | 11h34 | 1030 visits
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The commons transition: it's all about pooling resources

Mr Bauwens, since March 2017, you have been assisting the city of Ghent, Belgium, with a “commons transition” project. At a time when European towns and cities are working on their roadmaps towards a desirable future by 2050, what can you tell us (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 26 July 2017 | 09h30 | 1486 visits
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Stuttgart : towards a carbon neutral city thanks to a local energy ownership

The energy remunicipalisation initiative was immediately backed up with an ambitious energy transition and citizen engagement agenda and a highly symbolic partnership: the setting up of a green electricity and gas supplier jointly with (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 19 July 2017 | 10h00 | 1452 visits
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European Energy Transition Conference - CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

A major event of energy transition stakeholders, the European conference gathers each year over 3,000 participants during 3 days. The organisators - Greater Geneva, the Communauté urbaine de Dunkerque, Bordeaux Métropole and ADEME, in (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 11 July 2017 | 11h37 | 1327 visits
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How Bristol took back control of its energy

Not only has the city council set ambitious energy transition objectives – reducing energy use by 30% and CO2 emissions by 40% between 2005 and 2020 - but the first results are extremely encouraging, with a 20% drop in energy use and an 18% (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 20 June 2017 | 12h30 | 1476 visits
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Inventive measures and tools to accelerate cities' energy transition: Lisbon and Stuttgart in the spotlight!

Lisbon’s 2050 roadmap Lisbon, together with seven other European cities, (Barcelona, Copenhagen & Malmö, Istanbul, Lisbon, Litomerice, Milan & Turin, Rostock & Zagreb) designed local 2050 “post-carbon” roadmaps in the framework of the (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 15 June 2017 | 16h32 | 1327 visits
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Carine Dartiguepeyrou: Accelerating the future

We are living in an era of rapidity and instantaneity. What is the impact of this acceleration on public action? Can a local government keep this “dictatorship of urgency” at bay? To my knowledge, no one has better explained this (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 29 May 2017 | 15h57 | 1117 visits
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#100%RES - Recommendation 4: Engaging local stakeholders

And because many aspects of everyday life will be impacted by this 100% renewable energy vision, including housing, lighting, mobility, new technologies and consumption, fully engaging citizens and the various local stakeholders from the urban, (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 30 March 2017 | 12h01 | 881 visits
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How to apply our 3D vision to Europe’s energy and climate policies?

The European energy system will have to undergo a major shift in order to transform the EU into decarbonized, sustainable and resilient society. Business-as-usual energy and climate policies will not be sufficient to reach this ambitious goal. A (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 28 March 2017 | 09h58 | 1105 visits
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New start for the European Energy Award®

The European Energy Award® was an initiative launched by Switzerland, Austria and Germany (Land NordrheinWestfalen) in 2003. It’s a programme for planning and implementing energy and climate protection policy goals and mesures in municipalities. (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 16 March 2017 | 14h00 | 750 visits
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100%RES - Recommendation 3 : Funding renewable energy production and energy efficiency

It also means that the local authority is involved in project governance and can ensure that the territory will benefit from the profits made. Opening capital up to citizen investment contributes to improving project acceptance. This is possible (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 7 March 2017 | 17h37 | 1225 visits
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Pamplona: How does the city take back control of its energy services?

In Pamplona, a city of 196,000 inhabitants located in north-eastern Spain, the shift to renewable and decentralised energy has become a clear political objective since the elections in 2015. Armando Cuenca is the Urban Ecology and Mobility (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 7 February 2017 | 16h21 | 1290 visits
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100%RES - Recommendation 2 : Creating new urban-rural partnerships

New economic models and new players will thereby be able to enter the energy market. Whereas cities and metropolitan areas have rarely kept themselves busy with their gas, electricity and fuel supplies in the past, the development of renewable (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 2 February 2017 | 13h53 | 1121 visits
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Devolve (to) : verb to be conjugated in the present to improve the future

[I devolve…] Devolution is the shift of competences for public services from central government to sub-national or quasi-independent organisations. These organisations enjoy varying degrees of autonomy and have their own budget. [You devolve…] (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 26 janvier 2017 | 15h38 | 951 visits
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#100%RES - Recommendation 1 : Giving long-term planning its rightful place

To be credible, this political message must be backed up with “no-regret” short-term measures and medium-term planning documents defining interim targets, for example a Territorial Climate, Air and Energy Plan or an energy masterplan. This entails (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 12 January 2017 | 14h26 | 1417 visits
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Cities heading towards 100% renewable energy

Five European champions are showing the way forward, all signatories to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, these five cities and regions aim to develop a coherent energy system based on energy efficiency and the optimum use of (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 6 December 2016 | 14h54 | 2060 visits
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Carbon credits: think local !

In most European countries, local authorities and their citizens have not seen a cent from the ETS revenues. Instead, many carbon intensive industries have benefited from the over-subsiding of carbon pollution through the ETS. This is the case (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 21 November 2016 | 11h53 | 931 visits
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#DIVEST - 3 steps to create your fossil-fuel free investment portfolio

A brief guide for cities 1- Identify where city money has been placed and shift it elsewhere Identify the stocks (pension funds etc.) your city owns (directly or indirectly) in fossil fuel holdings and sell them. End your administration’s (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 28 October 2016 | 10h03 | 913 visits
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First Net Zero Energy Buildings in Hadera (Israel), an example to follow

Hadera’s vision is to rais awareness amongst children about sustainability, energy efficiency and how they can protect the environment. The municipality is convinced that investing in education from preschool age will bear fruit. The NZEB (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 27 octobre 2016 | 12h16 | 1204 visits
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