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17 January 2022

Welcome to Grenoble: European Green Capital 2022

On 15 January, the newest ICLEI Member Grenoble (France) hosted a handover ceremony to help officially kick-off its year as the 2022 European Green Capital.  Every year since 2010, the European Commission has awarded the highly prestigious title of European Green Capital to a city that has sho...

13 January 2022

Utrecht wins Fully Charged CITIES award 2021

Many cities worldwide are committing to creating healthier cities with creative and innovative approaches to green mobility. One such city is ICLEI Member Utrecht (the Netherlands), the winner of the Fully Charged CITIES award 2021, in recognition that the city “excels in the commitment to gre...

10 January 2022

The latest on community energy – things are moving, let’s speed up!

Community energy has come a long way in Europe and is promising to become the backbone for a more decentralised and flexible energy union, in which citizens increasingly turn into active (renewable) energy prosumers, participating in Europe’s decarbonisation process. A recent policy brief prov...

20 December 2021

Apply now to exchange with coal regions to push forward just transition together

Coal, lignite, peat and oil shale (“coal+”) regions in the EU are invited to join the exchangeEU programme to accelerate a just energy transition on-the-ground. The programme matches stakeholders from coal+ regions across the EU to connect and deepen their understanding of each other&rsq...

16 December 2021

‘It is clear that fossil fuels are not the future’

Giorgia Rambelli, Coordinator for Climate Policy and Energy Governance at ICLEI Europe, reflected on the recent global climate change negotiations (COP26) and the way forward for local governments to a more climate neutral, equitable and inclusive future. ICLEI is the official focal point of the Loc...

14 December 2021

Feed into dialogue and recommendations on considering social innovation in the

The European Union’s “Fit for 55” package puts in place a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe by 55 percent by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels). The plan includes measures related to transport and mobility, energy, emissions trading, and more. But how does social innova...

13 December 2021

ICLEI Europe submits feedback to the EU on its Fit for 55 package

The European Green Deal is a vision and growth plan for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and, in the interim, to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels). A package of legislative measures – know as the “Fit ...

24 November 2021

Learn from peer experiences, insights, recommendations for successful energy transition

Communities across Europe are pushing forward energy transition to forge a more sustainable future. This makes it critically important to learn from each others' experiences and apply the recommendations that arise from these various transition efforts. Two succinct and visual publications enable ju...

15 November 2021

Practical exercises to unlock the full power of social innovations

Energy transition – or the transformation of our energy systems to be more sustainable and just for all – is vital work being carried out across the world, by groups ranging form large governments to small, innovative projects. Regardless of how this work is approached, it is always stee...