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[Event] Bordeaux European Energy Transition Conference: Discover the SCbF’s Highlights

The 24th edition of the European Energy Transition Conference was held from May 23rd to 25th 2023 in Bordeaux. 

The theme for this year’s edition was “Acting together towards carbon neutrality by 2050”, featuring debates, workshops, roundtables, interviews, testimonials, and site visits. 

Some 3500 participants – including local authorities, scientists, experts in ecological transition, economic actors, and associations – were expected at the Palais des Congrès in Bordeaux for this edition of the European Energy Transition Conference. 

Sustainable City by France led the workshop “Reducing Energy and Environmental Costs: Tools and Solutions for Local Resilience.” 

With the participation of: 

  • Patrice VERGRIETE, Mayor of Dunkirk, President of the Urban Community of Dunkirk, President of Sustainable City by France 
  • Olivier ROLAND, Director of EDF Commerce South-West 
  • Frédéric LEVEILLE, Mayor of Argentan, President of Argentan Intercom 
  • Cédric CARLES, Director of Atelier 21 

The workshop was moderated by Sébastien MAIRE, General Delegate of Sustainable City by France. 

The surge in electricity and gas prices, linked to the post-Covid recovery and the war in Ukraine, is heavily impacting the finances of local communities and to some extent undermining local public services. 

In response to the increase in energy bills, Sustainable City by France is mobilizing for local communities and proposes to host a workshop dedicated to tools and solutions that can help local authorities overcome this situation. 

What measures are being taken to support the budgets of local communities, and what other avenues can be explored to reduce the energy bill? What concrete and efficient solutions are within the reach of local elected officials? And what are the lessons learned from previous experiences? Lastly, how can we turn this crisis into an opportunity to drastically review our energy model and consumption habits for greater efficiency? 

The speakers attempted to provide practical answers, supported by proven examples, to these major questions that currently concern elected officials and service leaders in the territories. 

About Solène

Mission Officer, Working Group, and Projects. Student at the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris, focusing on the ecological transition of cities.

About Quentin

Motivated by climate issues and planetary boundaries, Quentin decided to study land use planning at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His experience in associative field at the Fresque du Climat, helped him to better understand the stakes of the ecological bifurcation. Between his native Haute-Savoie and his home town Rennes, where he gained expertise in mobility and sustainable agriculture, he is now based in Paris to deploy the Sustainable City by France’s territorial workshops throughout the country.

About Alice

After five years’ study at Sciences Po Lyon, with a specialization in territorial transitions, Alice joined Sustainable City by France (France Villes et territoires Durables). She actively contributes to the deployment of the association’s territorial workshops and working groups.
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Currently studying as a second-year Master’s student in International Relations at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree from INALCO, with a double-major in Hindi language, and International relations / Environmental studies. Her work with us is in line with her former experiences at UNESCO and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, thus deepening her professional expertise in the field of environmental diplomacy and international cooperation for sustainable development.

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She holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Relations and Action Abroad at the same university. She approaches the problems of sustainable cities and territories through these different perspectives and her international experiences.

About Isabelana

Isabelana is a Mexican journalist who holds a Master’s degree in Digital Communication and Data Analysis from the Sorbonne University. She previously worked in communication and press relations in the cultural sector in France and Mexico. Today, she is interested in ecological actions and solutions to preserve the environment and the biodiversity.

About Camille

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With a background in social sciences, art history and architecture, Camille has worked in communication within the VINCI group: from major international projects to La Fabrique de la Cité, a think tank dedicated to urban foresight.

About Alexandra

A geographer by training (Saint Petersburg State University), she started as a geographer and economist at the Academy of Agricultural Economics (Russia), before pursuing her career in France as an administrative and accounting assistant (Air Liquide, Association TGV Provence Côte d’Azur, COFHUAT, Groupe Hervé)

About Marion

Trained in international and European affairs between England and France as part of a double degree at Sciences-Po Lille / University of Kent, Marion started her career in advocacy and institutional relations of non-governmental organisations, in the fair trade sector (Max Havelaar France label). Her experiences are also linked to territories, with a passage in decentralised cooperation at the level of a departmental council.

About Sébastien

Before joining the SCbF team, he held several positions in local government management. From elected official and deputy mayor of his native city Besançon, in charge of university relations and international cooperation, to Director of Economic Development of the City of Pantin, to Chief of staff in Montreuil – where he notably piloted the in-depth redesign of the urban project towards more ecology and sustainable development – he continued his career as Senior Resilience Officer of the City of Paris.
He promotes a holistic and systemic vision of sustainable development and brings his expertise in territorial resilience, ecological and social transition.