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3 August 2020

How to institutionalise social innovation in cities for a successful energy transition

Socially innovative policies can foster citizen inclusion and support sustainable urban changes. What sorts of policies can play this dual role? What do local actors need to keep in mind to be effective? An online seminar opened this discussion back in late-2019, exploring 'Local leadership, or fro...

28 July 2020

Learn from European Green Capital Network leaders how to improve your city’s environmental performance

Cities committed to improving their sustainability indicators and turning environmental challenges into opportunities are invited to participate in a new webinar series hosted by the European Green Capital Network (EGCN), taking place in September. The EGCN represents the former European Green Capi...

23 July 2020

How Mannheim takes transformation forward

From 30 September to 2 October the 9th European Conference for Sustainable Cities and Towns will convene online, co-hosted by ICLEI Member Mannheim (Germany). This ninth conference edition, also known as Mannheim2020, will address the substantial transformation needed across all aspects of society t...

22 July 2020

THERMOS to continue supporting local governments with low-carbon thermal energy network solutions

ICLEI Europe, together with THERMOS project partners, will continue working on speeding up the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector as part of the THERMOS project for an additional 9-month period. The project, which started in October 2016, developed a free online software to make heat...

21 July 2020

New publication examines the social side of energy transition

A new publication is now available for all those interested in learning more about the social dimension of energy transitions. The publication, referred to as an "Energy Read," introduces the concept of social innovation in energy transitions and shows how diverse these innovations are, going ...

20 July 2020

Tools for effective interdisciplinary discourse

Sustainability work is inherently interdisciplinary. This is one of the field's great strengths, but it also poses distinct challenges. As Jed Cohen, Senior Expert for Energy Economics at the Energy Institute at Johannes Kepler University in ICLEI Member Linz (Austria) explains: even the best-inten...

29 June 2020

Proposal for a holistic definition of Positive Energy Buildings

Forty percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of emissions come from buildings. But, this does not have to be the case: it is possible to not only build nearly-zero energy buildings, but even to transform them into positive energy buildings (PEBs). A new report takes the first step towards pro...

19 June 2020

Social innovation must be part of energy policy

"If there is anything to be learned from the 'Gilet Jaunes' protest in France, it is that social innovation should accompany environmental policymaking," wrote Nea Pakarinen, ICLEI Europe officer, in a recent article published in European Energy Innovation magazine. Throughout the piece, Nea m...

9 June 2020

Community-led renewable energy renaissance

The island of Samsø (Denmark) has reinvented itself over just ten years from relying on imported energy, into a self-sufficient exporter of green energy. The motivation to change was sparked in only a couple of islanders in 1997 and had electrified the whole island by 2007. This amazing tran...