Béatrice Karas

Information Manager

64 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


Innovating financing : 5 handbooks to help cities improve energy performance

It helps local and regional authorities to benefit from the lessons learnt and the experience of their peers in order to launch their own investment programme. To complement their peer-learning initiative, the PROSPECT programme has released 5 (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 17 April 2019 | 09h15 | 954 visits


Do you want to divest from fossil fuels ? This publication will help you!

"Taking from a fossil fuel economy to reinvest in local sustainable communities" The importance of sub-national governments in achieving international and European climate goals in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement has been highlighted (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 5 April 2019 | 14h32 | 747 visits


Grenoble, a laboratory for citizen participation

In the face of energy and climate challenges, the city of Grenoble is implementing various tools aimed at kick-starting the environmental transition. Several ideas are currently being tested: Supporting citizen initiatives To this end, the city (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 18 March 2019 | 11h00 | 507 visits


Solar panel rental: Lorient offers an innovative financing model

Oncimé is a joint-stock company, with more than 100 citizen-shareholders, dedicated to developing renewable energy sources. Through its actions, it aims to contribute to tackling global warming and directly or indirectly create non-relocatable (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 26 February 2019 | 08h43 | 635 visits


My first time at the Assises !

For my first time, snow made an appearance… as well as François de Rugy, the French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition. Half-hearted applause Coolly received by an audience sympathetic to the claims of the “yellow vests” (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 1er février 2019 | 10h22 | 123 visits


Two new publications out!

Climate-mainstreaming municipal budgets This guidebook contains a collection of case studies, best practices and tools that can help local authorities align their spending and investments with the Paris Agreement objective of limiting global (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 17 January 2019 | 14h22 | 689 visits


How can local Franco-German cooperation accelerate the energy transition?

Implementation of the German ‘Energiewende’ and the French ‘transition énergétique’ is making slow progress. Some years ago, France and Germany adopted ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction programmes. Although both countries would like to take (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 10 October 2018 | 09h00 | 941 visits


What “Mix and Move” means in the mobility field in Europe!

Since 2002, the European Mobility Week has been seeking to improve public health and quality of life by promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport. The campaign provides people with an opportunity to explore the function of their (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 21 septembre 2018 | 11h53 | 482 visits


19 cities and community organisations distinguished for the Franco-German Energy Transition Week

The winners will receive between €750 and €6,000 to develop and implement these actions during the Franco-German Energy Transition Week in late January 2019. There are lots of fresh ideas : an Escape Game on the Energy-Climate theme devised by (...)

By Béatrice Karas, on 20 septembre 2018 | 11h29 | 622 visits
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By Christiane Maurer, on 20 septembre 2018 | 11h29 | 622 visits


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 | 1152 visits


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 | 675 visits


@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 | 687 visits


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 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 | 1212 visits


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 | 1362 visits


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 | 1014 visits


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 | 2075 visits


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 | 1191 visits


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 | 1393 visits


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 | 1105 visits


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 | 1374 visits


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 | 1163 visits


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 | 1737 visits


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 | 1608 visits


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 | 1449 visits


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 | 1928 visits


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 | 1509 visits


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 | 1274 visits


#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 | 1023 visits


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 | 1258 visits


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 | 890 visits


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Events to come
Capacity-building workshop - Providing energy retrofit packages to private homeowners – business models and project implementation
Wednesday 19 June

10 years of ELENA - Supporting investments in energy efficiency and sustainable transport
Thursday 20 June 15:30-18:30

Designing smart and efficient energy policies with citizens
Friday 21 June 13:30-16:30

Rénovation énergétique des bâtiments et ensembles d’immeubles - Voyage d’étude, région de Lille
From 25 to 26 June

GMF’s Brussels Forum
From 27 to 29 June

LIFE PlanUp webinar: Involving stakeholders and the public in national energy and climate planning - good practices from across Europe
Thursday 27 June 10:00-11:30

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