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.