EUROCITIES at the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017

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The 2017 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, which took place from 19-25 June, focused on the theme of 'Clean Energy for all Europeans'. EUROCITIES took active part in the event.

On 20 June, during the opening session of the policy conference, Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent, president of EUROCITIES and member of the European Covenant of Mayors Board, showcased the high commitment of the municipality of Ghent to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. Find out more in this interview!

Just after this conference, Mr Termont together with the European Covenant of Mayors Board met with Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete to discuss about the role of cities in EU energy policy. Find the Board Declaration here.

On 21 June, the chair of the EUROCITIES working group on air quality, climate change and energy efficiency Inge Van De Klundert, policy advisor for the city of Utrecht, took part in the session on “financing energy efficiency at the local level” and made some recommendations on how to develop financial instruments and tools for cities. Have a look at this article and at this joint declaration.

On the same day, the Smart Cities Information System organised a session on “sharing smart solutions and experiences”. Claire Baffert, project coordinator at EUROCITIES, announced the new call for applications to the city-twinning programme to be launched on 30 June by the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Keep posted! 

The session on “Data centres — nearly zero energy consumption” organised by DG Connect, focused on data centres’ energy efficiency. Laura Baracchi from Trust-IT Services, represented the platform and illustrated the self-assessment tool developed to raise awareness on the carbon footprint of digital service (SAT-S). 

During the session organised by DG ENER and the Covenant of Mayors on Local Energy Communities on 22 June, José Blanco López, Member of the European Parliament, made a keynote speech acknowledging the important role of LECs and stating that more efforts must be made to support them. Also Abdeluheb Choho, deputy mayor of Amsterdam and chair of the EUROCITIES Environment Forum, stressed the importance of empowering local communities with means and resources, to face the legal, technical, financial and social challenges linked to the energy transition process. Find out more about the event here!

On the same day, a policy breakfast on the Energy Union policy, co-organised by EUROCITIES, was hosted by MEPs Claude Turmes and Theresa Griffin. On that occasion, Mr Abdeluheb Choho recalled the role of cities in the implementation of climate goals and therefore called for cities to be better recognised as central actors in the energy framework. Read the article and joint statement and Mr Choho’s interview on the topic!

During the session “Smarter is cleaner”, the Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects were presented. Bernadett Köteles-Degrendele, EUROCITIES Smart Cities project coordinator, showcased the experiences of the cities of Milan, Lisbon and London and underlined the replication potential of these projects.