Energy Cities´Annual Rendezvous, 22 - 24 April 2015, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Cities eco-driving local development
Many European cities are facing globalisation and economic crisis while following the linear “take-make-consume and dispose” pattern of growth. What role can and do local authorities play in doing things differently to foster community resilience? Decentralised and municipally-owned energy, new production and consumption patterns, urban agriculture, local currencies, new forms of cooperation…the means are manifold and exciting.
In Aberdeen, European local authorities have shared examples of successful energy transition projects, the new business models they are based on and their positive impact on the local economy, the contribution of energy efficiency action and renewables on this issue. The energy sector has been driving Aberdeen’s economy for a long time shifting currently from oil to renewables and energy efficiency. This made it an inspiring place to invite political leaders and local representatives from all over Europe to meet and exchange.
The annual rendezvous was attended by up to 180 participants such as mayors, deputy mayors and city managers, municipalities’ technical department representatives and architects, metropolitan areas managers, local and regional and national energy management agencies, mobility and energy efficiency experts.
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