• Creation of a new city partnership in Greece and Cyprus for future smart city developments

    Energy Cities was invited to participate to a networking meeting last March in Athens between the Municipalities of Aradippou (Cyprus) and Nafplio, Elefsina and Rafina-Pikermi (Greece).
    The aim of the meeting - at the initiative of our member city Aradippou - was the creation of an inter-municipal partnership enabling the participating Municipalities to develop as Smart Cities within the wider region of Greece-Cyprus at the Southeastern corner of Europe.
    The Municipalities presented their (...)
  • Wish the Covenant of Mayors could do more for you? Take the survey, you may win a journey to the EUSEW in Brussels!

    The Covenant of Mayors Office, on behalf of the European Commission and with the support of the Committee of the Regions, is conducting a survey to collect local and regional authorities' expectations towards capacity-building activities offered by the initiative.
    This survey offers EU local and regional authorities the opportunity to have their say and tell us about the type of assistance they need to receive to develop and implement their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans, or to (...
  • Natural Power adds to Heat Network Consultant status

    Natural Power’s Senior Renewable Heat Engineer, Guy Milligan, has joined the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Certification Register of Heat Network Consultants following his training and exam success. He joins his colleague, Steve Smith, who was officially accepted as the first Scottish-based CIBSE registered Heat Network Consultant last year. Guy said: “We expect Scotland to increase its involvement in district heating networks as a key area of focus to
  • Prysmian to add offshore cable capabilities to UK factory in Wrexham

    Move comes to support increased demand for UK and European offshore wind farmsSouthampton, 20 April 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announces the capability of its UK production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms. The new product line will enable the linking and collecting of power produced by offshore...Source: RealWire
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  • The Union of Communities of Armenia joins Energy Cities !

    We are very happy to welcome the Union of Communities of Armenia (UCA) as a new collective member of Energy Cities. The Union, established in 1997, represents the unified voice of the local self-governmental (LSG) bodies of Armenia and gathers all the municipalities of the Country.
    The main objectives of UCA are to strengthen local democracy in Armenia, advocate the interests of local self-governmental bodies (LSG), implement the “European Charter of Local Self-Government” in Armenia
  • Prysmian: contract to supply optical fibre to Tratos Cavi SPA, a manufacturer of telecom, energy and special cables

    Milan, 18 April, 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, and Tratos, Italy’s number one manufacturer of fibre optic and copper telecom cables and energy and special cables, have signed a contract for the annual supply of Prysmian’s standard and special optical fibre to Tratos. The fibre will be manufactured at Prysmian’s FOS — Fibre Ottiche Sud plant in Battipaglia, which every year produces 9 of the approximately...Source: Re
  • Co-designing 2050 with citizens at #Stuttgart2017

    Every year, energy transitioners from both the public and the private sector meet at Energy Cities' Annual Conference to build a community around energy democracy, devolution and divestment. This year, hosted by the German city of Stuttgart, the conference will feature a special peer-to-peer debate on community participation and stakeholder mobilisation.
    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 (...)
  • Viridian Works With 1st Touch On Digital First Mobile App

    Viridian Housing is running a 1st Touch mobile working app to make their Housing Officers lives easier by reducing administration and cutting out the use of paper. The innovative app forms part of Viridian’s Digital First initiative led by its IT and Research & Innovation teams. Viridian’s Digital First strategy aims to radically improve services for both customers and colleagues by developing their digital offering. Viridian is a social housing provider to over 30,000 residents.
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  • Two Energy Cities' members take home sustainable mobility awards !

    On March 20th 2017, the European Commission awarded our Swedish member Malmö with the European Mobility Week Award and the conglomeration of Brussels-Capital with the 5th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning for its urban freight policy.
    Two awards, two outstanding strategies
    The European Mobility Week Award was designed for local authorities to highlight what have they done best to raise awareness on sustainable mobility. The city of Malmö was honored for its promotion of act
  • Prysmian Group publishes its 2016 Sustainability Report

    €1,710 million of economic value generated (+8%)Emissions of ozone-depleting substances decreased by 6%Human Rights Policy and whistleblowing programme launchedStrategy redefined according to the UN sustainable development goalsScorecard setting 16 sustainability targets for 2020 preparedMilan, 11 April 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has published its Sustainability Report for 2016. Among the main results achieved, mention should be mad
  • Conference countdown : Last week to register for #stuttgart2017 !

    There is only this week left to register for Energy Cities' Conference taking place from 26-28 April in Stuttgart, Germany ! This year's event reminds us that "2050 STARTS TODAY" : The choices we make today must be based on no-regret trajectories. As we, cities, embrace this exercise, we should leave our comfort zone, and encourage all local stakeholders to join the challenge.
    The 2017 conference promises to be a great look into local strategies and methods for pushing democracy, devolution (...
  • Prysmian Group announces creation of a new regional Centre of Excellence in Brazil with investments of €45 million

    Once fully operational, it will be a competitive hub to serve the local wire and cable market, and will increase product exports in the regionMilan and São Paulo, 10 April 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announces the creation of its new global Centre of Excellence for Latin America. The project, launched worldwide this month and involving a total investment of €45 million, is the confirmation of...Source: RealWire
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  • Prysmian to develop IFA2, the new France-UK electricity interconnector

    The project worth around €350M has been awarded to Prysmian by a joint venture between French RTE and UK National Grid IFA2 Ltd240 km of HVDC 320 kV submarine cable system will allow up to 1000 MW to be transmitted between the countriesMilan, 7 April 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has secured a contract worth around €350 million with IFA2 SAS, a joint venture between National...Source: RealWire
  • Aspect Named #1 Cloud CTRM Solution In Energy Risk Software Rankings Report

    The annual Energy Risk Software Rankings Report announced its findings from its annual survey of top energy and commodity trading and risk management software and data management vendors, naming Aspect number one for cloud-based ETRM and CTRM software solutions globally. Aspect was also ranked second for ease of implementation, and among the top five for oil trading systems.The past three years have been record years for Aspect, as it has become a disrupter in an...Source: RealWire
  • Local energy ownership in Europe: An exploratory study

    Across Europe, a growing number of local authorities are eager to regain control over energy systems on a wide range of scales and modalities. Through an exploratory study authored by Andreas Rüdinger and funded by the French Agency for Energy Management (ADEME), Energy Cities decided to shed light on the various nuances surrounding this phenomenon of local reclaim over energy systems and offer new perspectives to cities wishing to replicate successful initiatives. This European overview (.
  • #Stuttgart2017 Final programme online !

    Hundreds of energy transitionners will gather in Stuttgart on 26-28 April for the most important event of the year of our network. Will you be part of the Energy Cities' Annual Conference ?
    Have a look at the final programme and register before 14th April !
    40 INTERACTIVE SESSIONSto question, debate and learn from peers
    2 INSPIRING TALKSto think big
    1 PLENARY DEBATEfocusing on The Energiewende : export hit or slow seller ?
    KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER FROM STUTTGARTStorytelling by Lord (...)
  • #Stuttgart2017 Final programme online!

    Hundreds of energy transitionners will gather in Stuttgart on 26-28 April for the most important event of the year of our network. Will you be part of the Energy Cities' Annual Conference?
    Have a look at the final programme and register before 14th April!
    40 INTERACTIVE SESSIONSto question, debate and learn from peers
    2 INSPIRING TALKSto think big
    1 PLENARY DEBATEfocusing on The Energiewende: export hit or slow seller?
    KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER FROM STUTTGARTStorytelling by Lord Mayor (...)
  • IEC calls on disruptive technology for universal energy access

    Announcing the LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access, 22-23 May 2017, in NairobiGeneva, Switzerland, 2017-03-30 –The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is stepping up efforts to bring electrical energy to the 1,3 billion people who have no access to electricity, via a disruptive technology – low voltage direct current (LVDC). The IEC is hosting the inaugural LVDC Conference on Sustainable Electricity Access, in Nairobi, Kenya, on 22 and 23 May 2017, in partne
  • #100%RES - Recommendation 4: Engaging local stakeholders

    Whether the impetus for setting a 100% renewable energy target comes from the public authority, elected representatives, private players, community organisations, farmers or citizens, it is of key importance to get all stakeholders on board. It is a prerequisite for obtaining significant, sustainable results. Each category of stakeholders brings its own complexity, but also reinforces the process with its own interests and skills.
    And because many aspects of everyday life will be impacted (...)
  • SKF invests in expanding production capacity in Malaysia

    Gothenburg, 30 March 2017:SKF is investing SEK 45 million in expandingits spherical roller bearing (SRB) capacity in Nilai, Malaysia.This investment will further improve utilisation of the Group’smanufacturing capacity.Luc Graux, President, Bearing Operations, says:“By investing in increased capacity and flexibility we can swiftlyimprove our ability to meet the demands of our customers, on aregional and global level.”“The new channel will include the latest ininternally d
  • How to apply our 3D vision to Europe's energy and climate policies?

    To know answers, rendez-vous in Stuttgart on wednesday 26 April for a two hours event!"A European energy system in 3D? Rethinking the EU's energy and climate policies through the lenses of democratization, decentralization and divestment"
    The European energy system will have to undergo a major shift in order to transform the EU into decarbonized, sustainable and resilient society. Business-as-usual energy and climate policies will not be sufficient to reach this ambitious goal. A new way (...)
  • Energy Renovation Match-making Forum in Paris

    A Match-making Forum on energy retrofitting was held on 27 February in Paris as part of the ACE-Retrofitting project. Here are some highlights of this main event for co-owners and professionals of the energy renovation sector.
    The Forum allowed over 420 visitors to find information, meet experts, attend conferences on energy renovation in condominiums. Key figures of the Forum 40 stands 420 participants 93 % of visitors would recommend the Forum to their peers 86 % found the information (...)
  • Thenue Housing Association Launches New “Self Service App”

    Thenue Housing has launched an exciting digital “app” which will provide a new way for customers to engage with the Association. The totally free Self-Service app uses the latest software from 1st Touch (www.1sttouch.com) to offer a range of services via phones or tablets. Thenue is hailing the app as “great digital advance” and says it is part of its Digital Strategy to ensure that people can contact the Association as easily as possible. Thenue...Source: RealWire
  • SKF bearings put Scuderia Ferrari in the driving seat

    Gothenburg, Sweden 22 March 2017: The 2017 Formula 1 season is almost upon us, and SKF is right at the heart of it again, extending its long association with Scuderia Ferrari. SKF will supply a range of specialist products as well as its design and validation expertise to the Italian motor racing giant.“We have had close and lasting technical cooperation with Scuderia Ferrari for 70 years,” says Jean-Sylvain Migliore, SKF Racing Unit Manager. “Our parts offer real technical adv
  • The high pollution levels that hit Europe in...

    The high pollution levels that hit Europe in January brought home the importance of promoting less polluting modes of transport and redesigning traffic flows to reduce congestion. Some cities have tackled the problem by implementing traffic-regulating schemes. Cities have a major part to play but asthe mayors of 20 European cities reminded the COP21 audience in Paris, measures also have to be taken at the European level, for example by tightening up the overly lax European standards on NOx (...)
  • A whiff of pure air : what measures can reduce traffic in cities ?

    The high pollution levels that hit Europe in January brought home the importance of promoting less polluting modes of transport and redesigning traffic flows to reduce congestion. Some cities have tackled the problem by implementing traffic-regulating schemes. Cities have a major part to play but asthe mayors of 20 European cities reminded the COP21 audience in Paris, measures also have to be taken at the European level, for example by tightening up the overly lax European standards on NOx (...)
  • A whiff of pure air: what measures can reduce traffic in cities?

    The high pollution levels that hit Europe in January brought home the importance of promoting less polluting modes of transport and redesigning traffic flows to reduce congestion. Some cities have tackled the problem by implementing traffic-regulating schemes. Cities have a major part to play but asthe mayors of 20 European cities reminded the COP21 audience in Paris, measures also have to be taken at the European level, for example by tightening up the overly lax European standards on NOx (...)
  • SKF helps the Ducati Team gear up for MotoGP 2017

    Gothenburg, Sweden 21 March 2017: SKF’s high performance parts and specialist technical knowledge are once again helping the Ducati Team prepare for success in this year’s MotoGP World Championship. The season starts on March 23 with the Grand Prix of Qatar on a track that last year saw the Italian motorcycle manufacturer not only place second thanks to Andrea Dovizioso but also claim the circuit’s top speed record with Andrea Iannone’s 351.2km/h. The 2017 Ducati Team lin
  • Launch of the Efficient Buildings thematic community 'MEDNICE'

    In the Mediterranean area cooling (and heating) as well as low building standards induce high consumption and expenses. And this, even though a wealth of natural resources and a conducive climate do provide excellent conditions for greening residential and public buildings.
    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 challenges and solutions in this (...)
  • Olygas Technology Joins Aspect Partner Network To Extend CTRM Capabilities

    Houston, TX March 15, 2017 – Aspect and Olygas Technology have entered into a premium partnership with a strategic vision to further expand Aspect’s cloud trade and risk management solution throughout the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Olygas Technology is a recognized consultancy in the region, unlocking actionable intelligence and opportunities for clients with local and global assets.Olisa Udezue, Chief Executive Officer at Olygas Technology says: “Working with Aspect f
  • SKF Enlight Centre redefines machine condition monitoring for the maritime sector

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 15 March 2017: SKF Enlight Centre is a first-of-its-kind, asset based (as opposed to measurement focused) machine health monitoring system, featuring a radically simplified user interface, designed for use by engineers and managers throughout the marine sector.This new web based ‘software-as-a-service’ tool represents the first phase of a multi-segment software development strategy, from SKF’s machine health software team, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The go
  • New start for the European Energy Award®

    25 years of experience, 1,397 municipalities participating, total population of 46 million involved, and now the Association European Energy Award AISBL which will take over all international activites.
    The European Energy Award® was an initiative launched by Switzerland, Austria and Germany (Land NordrheinWestfalen) in 2003. It's a programme for planning and implementign energy and climate protection policy goals and mesures in municipalities.
    Created at the end of December 2016, the (...)
  • High performance seal option now available on an extended range of SKF Explorer deep groove ball bearings

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 13 March 2017: SKF is making its high performance RSH seal design available on a larger range of SKF Explorer deep groove ball bearings. The tried and tested RSH seal uses a highly optimised dual-lip configuration to provide additional protection in demanding environments. For users, the result is bearings that last longer, especially in wet, contaminated or dusty operating conditions, and that need to be replaced less frequently.A secondary lip on the seal withstands high pr
  • SKF renews partnership with Gothia Cup global youth football tournament

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 13 March, 2017: SKF will continue in its role as main partner to the Gothia Cup, the world’s largest youth football tournament. In addition, SKF will continue to run the ”Meet The World” qualifying tournaments held in around 25 countries globally.Following a ten-year partnership, SKF has extended its sponsorship agreement with Gothia Cup for a further three years, covering the tournaments to be held during 2017-2019.“Gothia Cup is our largest corporate
  • SKF consolidates organisational structure and Group Management

    Gothenburg, 13 March 2017:SKF today announces the following steps toconsolidate its organisational structure and Group Management. Thechanges will further simplify SKF’s technology developmentorganisation and accelerate customer-driven innovation.The Group Technology function will be combined withthe Business and Product Development function. Victoria Van Camp,previously President, Business and Product Development, will takeon responsibility for the combined organisation.Bernd Stephan, pre
  • Prysmian Strengthens Its Position In Offshore Wind

    Two new inter-array projects awarded in Germany and DenmarkFocus on product innovation and installation capabilities Milan, 10 March 2017. Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded two new contracts for offshore wind farms in Germany (Merkur OWF) and Denmark (Horns Rev 3 OWF). Both assignments are for the development of inter-array cable systems to link among the turbines composing the off-shore wind farms, a growing market segment...Source:
  • SKF offers new multipoint automatic lubricator

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 10 March 2017: SKF today announced the introduction of the SKF MultiPoint Automatic Lubricator TLMP series. Developed for industrial applications, as well as agricultural and off-road vehicles, this reliable unit facilitates proper lubrication essential for bearing life and supports improved safety for employees.The sturdy TLMP is packaged as a complete kit, including the lubricator, required tubing and connectors. Designed to supply from one to eighteen lubrication points, t
  • Join us in Stuttgart and learn from your peers in 40 interactive sessions !

    This year again, the Energy Cities annual conference will offer you a unique opportunity to exchange in lively group discussions with 40 experts and urban practitioners who deal with energy transition and climate protection in their everyday work at the local level.
    Come and find out how the 3D - Divestment, Democracy and Devolution - give impetus to new ideas on innovative energy and climate initiatives on the ground !
    Listen to the stories of the cities of Stuttgart, Lisbon, Utrecht, (...)
  • 100%RES - Recommendation 3 : Funding renewable energy production and energy efficiency

    For cities and metropolitan areas, embarking on a 100% renewable energy path involves changing scale and supporting the development of renewable energy production in their own and surrounding areas. This support requires new tools. Capital contributions to renewable energy production projects enable the local authority to improve project viability by increasing the amount of equity, depending on the investment resources available to it.
    It also means that the local authority is involved in (...)
  • SKF to highlight gearbox remanufacturing service at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 7 March 2017: Drawing on its expertise in bearings, gears, seals and lubrication, SKF will be demonstrating how its industrial gearbox remanufacturing service can deliver performance enhancements and extend the service life of obsolete or damaged gearboxes at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017.The service covers inspection and diagnosis at the customer's site, removal to one of SKF's accredited gearbox repair centres for reconditioning and/or upgrading, re-installation at the customer's si
  • SKF publishes 2016 Annual Report and launches new climate targets

    Gothenburg, 7 March 2017:SKF has today published its 2016 AnnualReport. The report is available for download atwww.skf.com. At year-end 2016, the Group concluded afour-year programme to address climate change, resulting in a 14%absolute reduction in energy usage in its own operations and a 31%reduction in goods transport emissions. In addition, sales of SKF’sBeyondZero customer solutions – products and solutions that bringsignificant environmental benefits to customers – r
  • SKF unveils new machinery health monitoring solutions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 6 March 2017: SKF will use CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, a major exhibition for the international construction and aggregates industries, to demonstrate its latest condition monitoring technologies. Taking center stage will be the SKF Multilog IMx machine health monitoring system, with the Multilog IMx-8 – an eight-channel version of this highly popular platform and SKF’s most compact, easy-to-use machine health tool to date - making its USA debut.At this year’s eve
  • SKF releases next-generation electromechanical linear actuators

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 3 March 2017: Making its debut at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, an efficient and powerful new range of electromechanical linear actuators from SKF is set to provide viable replacements for many more hydraulics applications in construction vehicles and agricultural machinery.SKF has substantially increased the thrust and holding force of its CAHB electro-mechanical linear actuators, as well as achieving a marked improvement in the sealing of these units, from IP66S to IP69K/66M (with
  • SKF highlights benefits of condition monitoring at Pump Centre Conference

    Pumps are the heart of the water supply and wastewater industries; keeping these critical assets running efficiently places considerable demands on maintenance resources. Therefore, SKF’s presence at this year’s Pump Centre Conference & Exhibition will focus on condition monitoring for pumps – and how machine health data can be exploited to achieve more closely tailored and economical maintenance planning and scheduling.SKF will bring a number of new innovations to the show
  • Prysmian ahead of schedule in the realisation of the Wikinger offshore wind farm in Germany

    Cable laying phase successfully completed, highlighting Prysmian’s capabilities in managing turnkey inter-array contracts for offshore windMilan, 02 March 2017. Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has successfully completed the laying phase for the Wikinger offshore wind farm ahead of schedule. Termination and testing works are currently in progress.“This milestone, which is quite uncommon in the offshore wind market, highlights the Group&rs
  • SKF custom machined seals raise the bar for reliability in chocolate manufacturing

    A major global confectionary manufacturer has called on specialist seal design and manufacturing expertise from SKF to solve a sticky issue in its global chocolate manufacturing operations. The solution – custom machined seals manufactured from SKF’s proprietary food grade H-Ecopur-95A-Blue material – has eliminated the frequent seal failures and resulting product leakage that were leading to costly machine stoppages and lost production.The company turned to SKF after facing re
  • SKF bearings ensure solid performance for offshore vessel

    SKF bearings with Solid Oil have helped an offshore engineering company to cut the cost of maintenance on specialist pipe-laying equipment.As well as improving safety and cleanliness – through the lack of liquid lubricant – the use of Solid Oil helped to boost operating efficiency, which is of critical importance to the UK oil and gas industry.The solution devised by SKF was used on a pipe tensioner that sits on the deck of a pipe-laying ship. The machine helps to control tension in
  • Health monitoring system keeps an eye on the fleet

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 28 February 2017: When you’re out at sea, the last thing you need is a major breakdown. In such a case, it would mean being towed back to dry dock for expensive repairs – and that’s something that hard-pressed shipping companies can do without.One way around this is to keep a constant watch over onboard assets condition, and SKF has helped one shipping customer to do this – introducing condition monitoring to its ship, with plans to extend the service
  • A step change in affordable machine health monitoring from SKF

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 28 February 2017: SKF has launched a compact 8-channel version of its highly popular IMx machine health monitoring platform. Initially targeted at the Offshore Wind and Marine sectors, this versatile system brings affordable machine health monitoring to a much wider industrial user base.The Multilog IMx-8 eight-channel unit provides an attractive option for users of mechanical and fluid power train applications, while the combination of an 'Event Capture' feature will appeal
  • SKF seizes counterfeit bearings in West Yorkshire raid

    A raid, led by members of the UK Trading Standards authority alongside staff from SKF's Brand Protection Team, has resulted in the seizure of counterfeit bearings which otherwise could have been sold on to unsuspecting industrial customers and end-users. Several thousands of bearings, of more than 170 different types and sizes were seized, with an estimated total weight of 1.5 tons. A wide range of products was seized, including items used in automotive applications as well as industrial machine

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