THU.19APRIL 2018

FRI.20APRIL 2018

9:30-17:00 – Smart living or living smart ? From engagement to citizen ownership

Venue: Rennes Metropole Offices: 6 Avenue Henri Fréville, 35200 Rennes

How we can use public space to make our daily lives better, smarter, happier? Imagine streets with less cars. The freed space can easily be turned into places to meet, play or grow… places that benefit people, not machines. How can we co-create our neighbourhood with refurbished homes, urban living labs, district sharing boxes, civic crowdfunding for renewables and much more. So many real stories that make the city of tomorrow visible today and make us look differently at our city, our street and our job!


Description and speakers of parallel sessions





19:00 – Cocktail reception at City Hall

Venue: Hôtel de Ville, Place de la Mairie, 35000 Rennes

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

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

Organised  by Rennes Métropole

Venue: Couvent des Jacobins, 6, Rue d’échange 35 000 Rennes

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
  • Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner – Mayor, City of Heidelberg, President of Energy Cities

9:45-10:30 – Rennes Métropole storytelling

Emmanuel Couet – President, Rennes Métropole

Rennes Métropole will launch in 2018 its new Climate Action Plan. As an area with a strong demographic growth, a high quality of life and steady economic dynamism, Rennes Métropole takes up the challenge of an energy transition collectively carried by all local stakeholders. During this session, to which the municipalities of Rennes Métropole and many local actors are invited, Emmanuel Couet will present its energy-climate policy as well as its ambition of mobilizing around common objectives.

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!

Download the PPT presentation

12:30-14:00 – Buffet Lunch

Parallel sessions

Translation FR/EN

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

During two hours, Mayors and elected representatives will debate what EU policy, legal and financial framework we need for the next legislative period (2019 – 2024) and for the next financial programming period (2020-2027). Experts will present the EU context:

  • Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director, Solarpower Europe
  • Sebastien Occhipenti, European Commission, DG ENER, officer for the Covenant of Mayors
  • Nicolas Garnier, Director of AMORCE, French federation of local energy, waste, and heat services
  • Paul Voss, Managing Director, Euroheat and Power
  • Stephan Brandligt, Deputy Mayor of Delft and President of the KlimaatVerbond
  • Teresa Luis Ruiz, European representative, ENDESA

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 loans.
  • Barbara De Kezel, Energy House Antwerp (BE)
  • Béatrice Bienenfeld, Paris Climate Agency (FR)
  • Ilari Rautanen, City of Tampere (FI)
  • Eelko Steenhuis, Cities Northern Netherlands (NL)

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
  • Patrice Barbel, Responsible for Policy mission, DD&RSUniversity of Rennes 1 (FR)
  • Jan Johannson, Energy Manager, City of Växjö (SE)
  • Krushna Mahapatra, Professor, Linnaeus University (SE)
  • Márcia Valério, University of Lisbon (PT)

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

« Transition Management » is an innovation approach from the Netherlands. Formalised by the DRIFT laboratory of Rotterdam University, it has been tested out by a number of European local authorities. It is based on the idea that the creation and innovation momentum generated by networking local forerunners has huge potential to bring about ground-breaking changes as required to implement the energy and climate transition.

Discover this approach addressing also societal transitions and the results its implementation allowed to reach in a series of European territories.


  • Pepik Henneman, Mister Lion, Dutch Consultant on Transition management (NL)
  • Vincent Fristot, Deputy Mayor in charge of energy transition, Grenoble (FR)
  • Sven Cimmermans, Projectleader Maastricht – LAB, Gemeente Maastricht (NL)
  • Frédérique Colas, Vice-President in charge of ecological transition & environment, Bourgogne Franche-Comté Region (FR)
  • Hervé Maillot, POTE, co-creator of a market garden and urban agroecology (FR)


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

Discover the visits

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

Venue: Couvent des Jacobins, 6, Rue de l’échange 35 000 Rennes

8:45-9:00 – Welcome coffee

9:00-9:15 – Wake up! Welcome and ice breaker

9:15-10:15 – The role of blockchain in the energy transition of cities

This technology, known among financial professionals, is on the way to conquering other sectors, including the energy field. How does the Blockchain work and what is its impact? Which new opportunities does it bring? What can local authorities and their inhabitants expect? Let’s start by exploring some experiments that show how the Blockchain is used to facilitate energy data management, carbon offsetting, establish a local and regional renewable energy market or help citizen energy cooperatives to develop.

Download the study by Energy Cities
  • Rieul Techer, co-initiator and contributor de DAISEE (FR)
  • Thais Drozdowski, co-founder and CEO, I-nuk
  • Sören Högel, Strategy development Director, Stadtwerke Wuppertal (DE)
  • Markos A. Romanos, Energy & Sustainability Engineer, Pylon Network COO (ES)

10:15-11:30 – 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!

  • Cécile Kerebel, Project Advisor, Horizon 2020 Energy Unit, EASME
  • Edouard Gatineau, Project Officer, Urban Innovative Actions Programme
  • Delphine Gaudart, Project Officer, URBACT

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

Translation FR/EN

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.

  • Cheryl Jones Fur, Councillor, City of Växjö and Councillor in Kronoberg Region (SE)
  • Martine Bisauta, Deputy Mayor, City of Bayonne et Vice-President Agglomération Pays Basque in charge of energy and ecology transition (FR)
  • Christian Roger, Vice-President, BRUDED, Network Bretagne rurale et urbaine pour un développement durable (FR)
  • Laurence Ligneau, Energy and climate expert, Agriculture chamber of Brittany region (FR)

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.

  • Sébastien Douche, Project Manager, Metz Métropole (FR)
  • Iwona Korohoda, Communication Manager, Polish Network “Energie-Cités”(PNEC) (PL)
  • Michał Mroczkowski, Energy expert, City of Sztum (PL)
  • Mirosław Reczko, Mayor, City of Ciechanowiec (PL)

11:30-12:00 – Coffee break

12:00-13:00 – What’s next? Policy talk

Mayors will present and discuss their challenges to move forward the energy transition agenda with Members of European Parliament. The session will reflect on how European and national policies have helped territories to grasp the energy transition pathway. It will also highlight missing supporting measures and current policy gaps. To conclude, the French signatories of the Call for further energy decentralisation will hand over their proposals to the Minister for ecological and social transition.


  • Eloi Badia, Deputy Mayor, City of Barcelona (ES)
  • Célia Blauel, Deputy Mayor, City of Paris (FR)
  • Isabelle Thomas, Member of the European Parliament, rapporteur on future EU Multi-annual Financial Framework
  • Anne Walryck, Deputy Mayor, Bordeaux Métropole (FR)
  • Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Mayor, City of Heidelberg (DE), President of Energy Cities

Conclusion: Nicolas Hulot, French Minister for the ecological and social transition

13:00-13:15 – Closing session

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

Outlook of the 2019 Conference

13:15 – Lunch