THU.19APRIL 2018

FRI.20APRIL 2018

9:30-16:30 – Smart living or living smart ? From engagement to citizen ownership

How can we use public space to make our daily lives better, smarter, happier? Imagine life with fewer cars. The space freed up can easily be turned into places to meet, play or grow. Places that benefit people, not machines. In this workshop you will discover real-life stories that make the city of tomorrow visible today! Cities involved in the LIFE Living Streets project will share their experience.

17:00-18:00 – Board meeting

19:00 – Cocktail reception at City Hall

Welcome with Daniel Guillotin, Councillor for urban ecology and energy transition

From 20:00 – “Rennes by night” walking tour

Organised  by Rennes Métropole

8:30-9:00 – Registation and coffee

9:00-9:10 – Conference launch and preview

9:10-9:45 – Official opening

  • Nathalie Appéré – Mayor, City of Rennes
  • Eckart Würzner – Mayor, City of Heidelberg, President of Energy Cities

9:45-10:30 – Rennes Métropole storytelling

Emmanuel Couet – President, Rennes Métropole

10:30-11:00 – Coffee break

11:00-12:30 – Urban commons: what are they and why are they so crucial for a social-ecological transition?

Urban commons activities are driven by people’s demands that everyone should have access to public spaces and city facilities. What can a city do to respond to these demands? What institutional changes do they require? This session will focus on the challenge of developing new partnerships with city residents, including grassroots initiatives, to drive urban commons transitions.

Let’s discuss this issue with two experts: Michel and Maïa!

12:30-14:00 – Buffet Lunch

Parallel sessions

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14:00-16:00 – Mayors’ voices: political peer-to-peer session

14:00-15:30 – Bleu-Blanc-Rouge: Choose your workshop!

Workshop Bleu: After effort comes comfort –solutions from cities and home owners on how to renovate multi-apartment blocks!

You, too, see energy retrofitting of privately-owned condominiums in your city as a challenge? In this workshop, discover three solutions tested by cities who act as facilitators between co-owners and building professionals:

  • Support the development of ambition renovation roadmaps – Meet Energy House Antwerp and Paris Climate Agency who are using a master plan audit: a guiding document for owners to federate professionals and increase the quality of the energy renovation work plans.
  • Empower co-owners to take action in their building – Get in touch with the city of Tampere which trains residents to become energy experts and supports the homeowner associations in pooling their energy renovation projects.
  • Finance retrofitting projects – Discover the Assen service costs-model that allows multi-apartment blocks to be renovated towards zero-on-the-meter without using personal
  • Barbara De Kezel, Energy House Antwerp (Belgium)
  • Béatrice Bienenfeld, Paris Climate Agency (France)
  • Ilari Rautanen, City of Tampere (Finland)
  • Eelko Steenhuis, Cities Northern Netherlands

This workshop is organised within the Interreg North-West Europe ACE-Retrofitting projectAccelerating Condominium Energy Retrofitting – and the INNOVATE project – Integrated solutioNs for ambitiOus energy refurbishment of priVATE housing financed by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission.

Workshop Blanc: Back to school, it’s cool! Partner your university to cut your CO2 emissions.

A University forms the urban landscape and shapes city life. They are pools of potentials: large employers, communities of creative and innovative minds and owners of vast building stocks. Through examples of successful cities-universities partnerships, discover how local authorities and universities can work hand in hand and share your own experience on these four topics:

  • a common sustainable mobility plan
  • universities: a market for local energy supply
  • financing the energy renovation of public buildings
  • cities as living labs for universities

Workshop Rouge: Accelerating local Energy Transition: counting on the pioneers to make the difference!

15:30-17:30 – Site visits: Seeing is believing. Take a walk on the wild side!

17:30-18:30 – Energy Cities’ Annual General Assembly

Open to members – other cities are welcome as observers

20:00 – Gala dinner at Couvent des Jacobins

8:15-8:45 – Welcome coffee

8:45-9:00 – Wake up! Welcome and ice breaker

9:00-10:00 – The role of blockchains in the energy transition of cities

This technology that has become popular in the financing sector is now on its way to conquering other areas such as energy. What new opportunities does it provide? How does it work and on what will it have an impact? What can local governments and their constituencies expect?

10:00-11:15 – Parallel sessions

Project idea lab: Create chemistry with other cities!

Come and share your ideas and network with potential partners. You implemented an outstanding initiative or project and want to share the outcomes or you have an exciting new project idea, this session is YOURS!

Workshop Noir: The town mouse and the country mouse, the urban-ural nexus is not a fable!

There is nothing new under the sun, cities need rural areas and vice versa…but this is even truer for the energy transition. This solidarity makes it possible to imagine new forms of partnerships between territories using renewable energies and territories producing them; promoting low-carbon practices in the building, transport and energy sectors. It is also a way of regaining local skills and developing job-creating activities.

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Workshop Blanc: A tale of two cities, partner up to double efficiency!

Come to this workshop with your twin city and discuss what collaboration you can start on energy efficiency and urban development issues. Be inspired by the experience of partner cities and twinning facilitators from cross-border projects such as the French-German “Tandem” and German-Polish Cooperation, or even cross-ocean projects! All of them aim at implement the energy transition through joint local authority projects involving local stakeholders (property developers, municipal companies, energy cooperatives, etc.) and businesses.

11:15-11:45 – Coffee break

11:45-12:50 – What’s next? Policy talk

12:45-12:50 – Closing session

  • Olivier Dehaese – Vice-President, Rennes Metropole
  • Eckart Würzner – Mayor, City of Heidelberg, President of Energy Cities

12:50-13:00 – Outlook of the 2019 Conference