Cities learning for fair, clean & democratic energy

When it comes to managing the energy transition the need for municipal level innovation has never been clearer. In recent years we have seen some successes, where innovative ideas have led to more equitable, just and democratic energy policies. However, the sharing of these ideas has been limited, and they have tended to remain local and specific. To achieve large scale, replicable success we need a coordinated and integrated approach for collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Enter: mPOWER

The mPOWER project and consortium are funded by the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation programme and involves seven partner organizations. The project started in May 2018 and will last four years.

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The local energy agency and support for self-consumption drive energy transition in Pamplona

Pamplona is the capital of the autonomous province of Navarra in northern Spain. In recent years, the local government has made considerable efforts to phase out fossil fuels, extend renewable energy generation and increase energy efficiency.

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Frankfurt’s energy transition: Passive houses, a CO2 budget, and an app to collect residents’ ideas

Frankfurt am Main is one of the more densely built-up cities in Germany, known for its banking sector and home to one of Europe’s largest airports.

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Barcelona Energía: public power to tackle energy poverty


The Barcelona Energy Agency (AEB) is a public consortium that consists of a number of authorities that are directly involved in managing energy and the environment:

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The ‘smart’ transformation of a Black Sea metropolis


Burgas has recently been named the ‘Best city to live in Bulgaria’ – which ­may just have something to do with its strategy of transforming itself into a climate-friendly city without leaving any of its residents behind.

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Aradippou’s ambitious journey towards net carbon-neutrality


Aradippou is driving an ambitious local energy transition by engaging local actors as well as national and European partners.

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Amsterdam's citizens co-create a sustainable city of the future

The municipality of Amsterdam is looking for new ways to incorporate direct democracy into its fight to cut carbon emissions.

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Niš embarks on a democratic energy transition journey

The city of Niš recognises the potential that democratic decision-making has in terms of bringing about an ambitious energy transition focused on fighting energy poverty.

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The City of Zenica takes action: cleaner air, efficient heating, and more

The City of Zenica is a small town in central Bosnia and Herzegovina known for its heavy industry.

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of partners

mPOWER is run by a consortium composed of the University of Glasgow (UK), Platform (UK), Transnational Institute (Netherlands), Energy Cities (EU-wide), IPE (Croatia), University of the Basque Country (ES), and Carbon Co-op (UK).

University of GlasgowPlatform UKEnergy CitiesInstitute for Political Ecology CroatiaCarbon Co-op UK