Miriam Eisermann

28 posts on the Energy Cities Blog


Spain is reforming its Energy and Climate Policy. A ray of hope?

An opinion piece by Fernando Ferrando Vitales, President of Fundación Renovables Last February we discovered some of the concrete measures included in the Spanish Government’s Energy and Climate Change Package – a bill on Climate Change and (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 21 mars 2019 | 17h01 | 563 visits


Transatlantic city exchange on energy democracy: citizens should not be in the background - We tell you everything!

You never know the outcome when you assemble 14 people who don’t know each other and who, in addition, are coming from very different professional backgrounds : city administrations, energy cooperatives, utilities or environmental justice (...)

By Ian Turner, on 30 novembre 2018 | 14h29 | 995 visits
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By Miriam Eisermann, on 30 novembre 2018 | 14h29 | 995 visits


Spain: new policy, new energy for cities

In this guest article, Fernando Ferrando, president of the Fundación Renovables – a Spanish foundation that advocates for a renewables-based energy paradigm – discusses the role of cities in Spain’s energy transition. At Fundación Renovables, we (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 19 July 2018 | 08h53 | 987 visits


Blockchain: bringing cooperation to the energy market

What makes the blockchain so fascinating and revolutionary for our energy system? Blockchain emerges at a moment when more and more new players enter the energy market, from renewable companies to cities and citizens. We see the unstoppable (...)

By David Donnerer, on 29 May 2018 | 15h39 | 914 visits
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By Miriam Eisermann, on 29 May 2018 | 15h39 | 914 visits


EPC and why public authorities shouldn't shy away from it - New Guide on EPC Accounting Rules released

Download the guide. EPC and why public authorities still shy away from it EPC stand for Energy Performance Contracting, which is an attractive financing model that uses cost savings from the project to finance the construction work, sometimes (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 14 mai 2018 | 14h43 | 842 visits


#rennes2018 conference about sharing responsibilities in a radically new energy system

The most valuable outcomes as identified by participants Critical discussions of new technologies and business models (Blockchain) Questioning and sharing the potential of collective initiatives (Urban Commons, urban-rural cooperation, (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 25 avril 2018 | 11h47 | 1424 visits


Interview: Is the energy transition still making the Franco-German heart leap?

In January, resolutions were adopted by both the French National Assembly and the German Bundestag on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. Back in 1963, the energy transition, and even more so energy transition partnerships (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 12 February 2018 | 09h21 | 1192 visits


COP23: Cities keen on shoulder-to-shoulder climate action

Increasing ambition becomes easier if local and regional governments play a key role in energy and climate governance. The "IN" in INDC (jargon for the countries’ contribution to global emissions reduction) should not stand for INaction or (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 23 November 2017 | 16h17 | 1430 visits


Cities need support for clean air measures: Energy Cities President meets German chancellor Merkel

Ahead of the meeting, Würzner recalled cities’ priorities for improving local transport through better urban planning and public transport: "It is not enough to talk about emission limits for combustion engines. We must tackle mobility as a whole. (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 4 September 2017 | 09h39 | 2082 visits


Just a second...what about the just transition for coal communities?

There is no doubt that the coal era will have to end. Coal regions and industries all around Europe will have to deal with new realities. The “movement for a just transition” tries to provide the affected stakeholders with the right change of (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 29 June 2017 | 12h43 | 2125 visits


Mr Trump, cities won't change their course! #makeourplanetgreatagain

He said: "It is immeasurably disappointing and incomprehensible that the United States wishes to withdraw from this urgently required treaty. I deem it important that the United States, as one of the largest producers of climate-damaging (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 2 June 2017 | 09h20 | 1894 visits


Co-designing 2050 with citizens at #Stuttgart2017

In the afternoon of conference day 2 (27th April, 14h45), we will have an exciting large-scale peer-to-peer session around how to design energy strategies for a city by involving all local players. We’ll take a closer look at the experience of (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 14 avril 2017 | 11h27 | 1594 visits


Conference countdown: Last week to register for #stuttgart2017!

The 2017 conference promises to be a great look into local strategies and methods for pushing democracy, devolution and divestment. With study tours, side-events, over 40 interactive sessions, a large-scale peer-to-peer exchange and numerous (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 10 avril 2017 | 16h54 | 1837 visits


Launch of the Efficient Buildings thematic community 'MEDNICE'

The Horizontal Project MEDNICE, co-funded by the Interreg Mediterranean programme, aims at setting up a MED community of building experts and practitioners in order to share common public building challenges and solutions. Covering 13 countries, (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 16 March 2017 | 17h41 | 1246 visits


Registration open for Energy Cities' Conference : 26-28 April in Stuttgart

CLICK TO REGISTER! Our team is in the starting blocks to welcome you in the German city of Stuttgart (Germany) from 26-28 April 2017. Stuttgart is well-known both for its industrial activity as well as for its foresighted climate and energy (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 16 February 2017 | 11h54 | 1304 visits


Boosting cooperation between cities: #Bornova 2016 conference success

Representatives of more than sixty cities from Europe and around the Mediterranean coast gathered in Bornova, a Turkish district of Izmir, one of the cities of the CITyFiED cluster. They took part in the annual conference of Energy Cities, the (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 14 juin 2016 | 16h03 | 1155 visits


Try new DDDelicious local flavours in new issue of Energy Cities INFO

Our freshly-released Energy Cities INFO magazine gives you clues as to how to scale up the energy transition thanks to empowered cities, increased citizen participation and redirection of money flows. This 2016 issue features interviews, local (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 2 June 2016 | 09h49 | 1235 visits


Polish-German city cooperation: promoting low emission actions on a local level

Decentralized solutions, verified and successfully implemented by cities and their stakeholders, play a key role in boosting the energy transition on a European scale. Though each local authority is different - having its own history and (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 27 mai 2016 | 12h07 | 1163 visits


The EU in Dutch hands: A semester of opportunities!

Following-up on the COP21 process and making progress on reforming the EU Emissions Trading scheme are amongst the priorities set by the Dutch presidents. Already during the climate summit, by committing to achieve 100% renewables by 2050, (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 26 January 2016 | 10h14 | 1903 visits


Be part of Energy Cities’ biggest Annual event: 1-3 June 2016

Stunning examples from European and Turkish cities will demonstrate innovative steps towards a new energy market: on that is decentralized, with a horizontal supply chain and where benefits are widely distributed among new actors and (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 22 January 2016 | 12h31 | 916 visits


Tbilisi (Georgia): energy policy for the people

Photo credit : Clémentine Cisterne & Chloé Gossart In order to increase the quality of life for its residents, the City council of the Georgian capital (1.2 million inhabitants) decided to join the "Covenant of Mayors" in 2010. Tbilisi’s (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 15 January 2016 | 11h11 | 1325 visits


Paris climate agreement: Words needing strong action

31 pages and then? It is, indeed, a premiere and a diplomatic success that 195 States adopt a global agreement on climate governance. Never before, such a big number of high-level policy-makers had been backcasting their post-carbon future and (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 15 December 2015 | 17h47 | 1352 visits


Bielsko-Biala : Where Poland shows that "low-carbon" is possible

The City Council of Bielsko-Biała is one of them. Last August, it unanimously approved the city’s "Low Carbon Economy (LCE) Plan and Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP)", reaffirming its intention for switching to new forms of energy. (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 12 November 2015 | 14h35 | 1259 visits


The new EU Energy Market Design: how local authorities could get better access

Energy Cities welcomes the Commission’s initiative to launch a public consultation process on a new energy market design, notably as it aims at establishing a market that can fully integrate the increasing share of local renewable energy. A new (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 8 October 2015 | 11h29 | 1306 visits


EU after-summer policy wrap-up

Under pressure: EU leadership in a transit zone? The current humanitarian crisis both revitalises citizens’ sense for solidarity while putting Europe’s cohesion at stake. Already since the beginning of this year, a number of European (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 5 October 2015 | 09h35 | 1311 visits


Växjö urges Swedish Government to become the world’s first fossil-fuel free nation

This pre-COP21 initiative of the "greenest city in Europe", signatory to the Covenant of Mayors and pioneer in a number of energy fields, once again demonstrates the city’s high environmental ambitions. Energy Cities’ Executive Director Claire (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 25 March 2015 | 12h06 | 2215 visits


We express our deepest solidarity...

By Miriam Eisermann, on 8 January 2015 | 11h06 | 1139 visits


The « Energy Union » should be grounded in today’s reality

Energy Cities believes the debate about renewing the Energy policy governance for 2030 should take into account the role of sub-national levels. The ongoing transformation of the European energy sector has been overwhelmingly carried by cities (...)

By Miriam Eisermann, on 5 January 2015 | 09h57 | 1669 visits

Map of members
Vilvoorde Belgium | Wien Austria | Krizevci Croatia | Sustainable City Network (GR) Greece | CEDEF-Central European Development Forum (RS) Serbia
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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