Archive for December, 2009
The Urban Community of Nantes (Nantes Métropole) is a young local administration, constituted in 2001, which groups 24 municipalities surrounding the city of Nantes. Among others, it has the responsibility for coordination, implementation and monitoring of climate change and energy policies. Nantes Métropole has been undertaking energy planning since the early 90’s, when it first [...]
The City of Helsinki has acquired throughout the years great expertise in energy planning. Already in 1974, the city administration created the Energy Savings Board. This public body is responsible for coordinating, supervising and steering the energy savings projects and initiatives developed in different city departments.
This case study looks in depth at energy planning in [...]
The www.smart2020.org website has been re-launched this week to track case studies of ICT-enabled low carbon solutions. Last year, The Climate Group, GeSI (Global e-sustainability Initiative) and McKinsey produced the SMART 2020 report which identified 7.8 Gt CO2e carbon emissions abatement potential by 2020 through ICT-enabled energy efficiency and dematerialization, or 15% [...]
Adrian Slatcher, from MDDA, is participating in the Green and Connected Cities conference in Strasbourg on December 10-11th 2009, and will be blogging about the conference here.
It can also be followed on Twitter: #gacc2009
The conference website is www.greenconnected.eu
Greater Manchester has been confirmed as the government’s 4th Low Carbon Economic Area, with the focus being on encouraging initiatives across “the built environment.”
Crain’s Manchester Business website reports that the new designation ” is expected to save 6 million tones of carbon, create an additional £650m to the economy and support 34,800 jobs.”
Homes and offices [...]
Manchester City Council last night launched Manchester: A Certain Future – our collective plan on climate change, before leaders from the council depart for Copenhagen as one of 100 cities presenting to the UN Climate Change forum.
Manchester plans to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 41 per cent by 2020 and has mapped out impressive [...]
Yesterday 56 newspapers, including the Guardian in the UK, printed the following shared editorial. Newspapers taking part can be found here.
“Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency.
Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate [...]
The launch this week of a 2nd Urban Ecomap (following on from San Franscisco) for Amsterdam is a good example of how digital technology can start to help “join up” initiatives within a municipality. For “energy planning” in an urban area, there are many stakeholders – including residents, workers and businesses, as well as government [...]
In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen (Dec 17-18th) we’ve updated the PEPESEC website to make it a more useful resource for anyone involved in energy planning to combat climate change in their own municipality.
New features on the site include -:
RSS feeds from COP15 site, the Guardian [...]