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NUMERO 2 - 17/01/2018

 Sustainable development and local governments

The energy challenge that the world is facing requires energy transition processes to be implemented everywhere. In spite of their proximity to the territory and their potential role to locally develop energy policies, cities are however still disregarded by higher government levels and result ill-equipped to respond to this issue. Nonetheless, local authorities have decided to take the lead in implementing the energy transition, by the adoption of innovative regulations, the creation of networks and the stipulation of European-scale agreements. Cities are increasingly developing new governance models and are using resources and urban planning as tools to enhance sustainability. By focusing on the solutions implemented and on the public actions taken in and by different cities, the paper argues that local governments are influencing the architecture and the methods of public law, changing the dialectic among its actors, extending its traditional boundaries and enhancing its evolution... (segue)


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