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25 November 2014

ICLEI member Rome opens new metro line

The first section of the Italian capital of Rome’s third metro line officially opened this month, comprising 15 stations along 12.5 km of track. Six new trains, capable of carrying up to 1,200 passengers, will run on the line. Each train is driverless, with an automated system controlling and guiding the carriages. The sophisticated software in charge is "among the most advanced in Europe," said Mayor Ignazio Marino.

The new route stretches from Monte Compatri in the south-east of Rome to Parco di Centocelle on the outskirts of the city centre. The line currently operates from 5.30 to 18.30 daily, with trains running every 12 minutes. Travelling the entire line takes about 30 minutes.

Plans are afoot to extend the route to tourist-friendly areas in the heart of Rome, such as Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum, with a tentative deadline of September 2020 set.

For more information, visit the Rail Journal website.

11 November 2014

How much information is enough? Mapping transition initiatives to be discussed in Milan

The ARTS Accelerating Transitions project will hold a side event dedicated to mapping transition initiatives (community-led projects that lead to positive change) at the Renaturing Cities conference in Milan (Italy) on 1 – 2 December 2014. The agenda will see participants, panelists and representatives of the ARTS consortium discuss what kind of information is needed to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable way of doing things in their communities and on the European level.

The main event, the European Conference on Renaturing Cities: Systemic Urban Governance for Social Cohesion, aims to inspire research and innovation policies on sustainable urban development by bringing together scientists, policy makers, the business sector and representatives of civil society. The focus of the agenda will be on multilevel governance for urban areas and urban pockets within rural regions, specifically on the relation between supranational, national and sub-national scales.

The European Conference on Renaturing Cities is co-organised with the Municipality of Milan and the Scientific Committee for Milan EXPO 2015, under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU. To register, return the registration form by 24 November. To register for the ARTS side event, contact

For more information, visit the ARTS Accelerating Transitions website.

10 November 2014

Local governments called upon to support community energy

The CO-POWER project, co-funded by Intelligent Energy Europe, is inviting local and regional governments to develop community-owned renewable energy across Europe. The project is seeking to build a broad coalition, and to speed up the transition to a sustainable and responsible energy landscape.

CO-POWER sees local governments as essential in achieving this goal, and calls upon them to improve local energy efficiency and independence by engaging in community energy. By joining forces with CO-POWER, local and regional governments can benefit from advice and support, and the numerous tools developed by the project.

The tools will help local governments to kick-off community energy projects both inside and outside of the target countries – Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Spain and the UK. So far the project has completed policy recommendations in several languages, model legal frameworks, and an expert report on financing. To view current and forthcoming advice from the project, visit the publications page.

For more information, visit the CO-POWER website or contact


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