The annual Energy Cities Conference was held in Rennes (France) between 18- 20 April. The event was also attended by the representatives of the Healthy Cities office of the Czech Republic together with the Healthy Cities of Litomerice and Roznov pod Radhostem, including Slovak partners from the Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia and the city of Trnava. The main themes addressed were energy transition of municipalities to renewable energy, zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Covenant of Mayors initiative, sharing of successful projects among European cities and up-to-date information on the procedures and strategies coordinated by the European Commission.
The programme of the first day was dedicated to the mayors of European towns and cities and the representatives of international institutions who discussed the future EU energy strategy, legislative changes for the 2019-2024 period and the financial resources for the 2020 -2027 programming period. Furthermore, the Healthy Cities representatives took part in inspiring site visits and workshops which included, e.g., the retro-fitting – renovation projects of low energy social housing in block of flats and housing estates. The second day of the conference covered new possibilities for cross-sectoral financial cooperation in building capacities for the implementation of energy innovations in cities involving citizens and other stakeholders.