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Cities to unveil new ways to plan for climate change at Brussels conference

4 September 2018

Cities to unveil new ways to plan for climate change at Brussels conference

How do you plan for the unknown? Cities are one of the top contributors to climate change worldwide, and they are also the areas hit hardest by the extreme weather, pressure on infrastructure and unpredictable disasters triggered by the changing climate.

Four cities, Bilbao (Spain), Bratislava (Slovakia), Greater Manchester (United Kingdom) and ICLEI Member Paris (France), have been working with researchers and ICLEI Europe since 2015 to develop new methods to adapt to climate change. These cities have gone beyond reacting to the effects that we are seeing across Europe: brown parks, water shortages and shocking storms, and are planning for long-term uncertainty decades in advance.

At “Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures 2018”, which will take place 9 October 2018 in Brussels (Belgium), the cities will share the results of their brand new co-developed tools, including an e-Guide to adaptation strategy development, a methodology for vulnerability and risk assessment, a map-based typology of climate risk in European regions and a library of adaptation options.

“The Adaptation Options Library is an easy-to-use and educational tool for both developing an adaptation strategy and implementing it. On the one hand, it can be used by practitioners such as architects and landscape planners for different small-scale projects (at the building level), and on the other, by urban planners and resilience officers to design an adaptation strategy and select the right measures,” said Eva Streberova (City of Bratislava). Ingrid Konrad, Bratislava’s Chief Architect, will speak about the city’s climate adaptation progress through the RESIN project.

Interactive sessions will guide local governments to forge new partnerships based on common climate risk characteristics, and will offer research scientists a space to plan future research into climate change adaptation.

The conference is co-organised by the RESCCUE project and will feature project coordinator Pere Malgrat (Aquatec - SUEZ Advanced Solutions). A closing panel including Aleksandra Kazmierczak (European Environment Agency) and Roger Street (Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford) will consider the policy implications of cities’ need for meaningful climate adaptation action.

The conference is free of charge and registration is open until 2 October 2018. For more information, click here.

Heat Roadmap Europe 4 workshop at DecarbHeat Conference

4 May 2017

Heat Roadmap Europe 4 workshop at DecarbHeat Conference

Don't miss the next Heat Roadmap Europe 4 (HRE) workshop, which will take place during the EHPA DecarbHeat Forum, on 11-12 May in Brussels (Blegium) at the BEL. The session, titled “DecarbCities: addressing the renovation challenge”, taking place on 11 May, 14.00 – 15.30, will discuss solutions for turning cities into sustainable living areas using a combination of building renovations, best available heating and cooling technologies and low carbon energy sources.

As one of the keynote speakers, HRE project leader Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen will highlight the importance of energy planning for connecting electric and thermal infrastructures and using energy most efficiently in future cities. Session speakers, joined by ICLEI's Carsten Rothballer, will sit on a panel to discuss the best way to help local authorities making informed decisions on how to exploit the available heat sources and reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption in their cities.

#DecarbHeat 2017 will collect ideas from energy stakeholders on the next steps towards the vision of a 100 percent decarbonised heating and cooling sector by 2050 (80 percent by 2040). The conference addresses the future of heating and cooling policy and will explore scientists and policy makers' visions for a 2050 energy system, including what cities can do to help, the effects of digitalisation on the heating and cooling industry, and perspectives from the industrial sector. The Heat Pump City of the Year Award, for which ICLEI is a jury member, will be awarded at the event.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Sustainable Cities: Transformative Action Award - apply now!

28 April 2017

Sustainable Cities: Transformative Action Award - apply now!

Applicants are being sought for the Transformative Action Award, which rewards initiatives which address the goals of the Basque Declaration including the use of public procurement to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities.

Initiatives which involve a high level of innovation, for example in terms of social innovation and civic economy, that inspire others to replicate the action elsewhere in Europe are invited from local and regional authorities, and civil society organisations. Actions are preferably part of a local strategy or vision rather than standalone and must be in place for at least three months and less than 5 years at the time of application.

Transformative actions combine various pathways and address one or more agendas of the Basque Declaration. They should achieve a comprehensive transformation with a positive local or regional impact. Winners will be rewarded with free entry and a presentation at the next European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns taking place in 2019 and publicity through the Sustainable Cities Platform, ICLEI online platforms and publications and a promotional video. The deadline for applications is 18 June 2017.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.

Urban transport roadmaps: a web-based tool to help cities develop sustainable mobility strategies

27 April 2017

Urban transport roadmaps: a web-based tool to help cities develop sustainable mobility strategies

The urban transport roadmaps tool, developed for DG Move, European Commission, by Ricardo Energy & Environment and Trasporti e Territorio, is a web-based tool to help city authorities develop urban transport roadmaps that address the most pressing environmental, social and economic issues faced by their transportation systems between now and 2030.

The tool provides cities with the ability to identify, develop, screen and assess different transport policies and measures. In particular, it helps cities to quickly and easily assess the likely costs and impacts of measures that could help them improve the sustainability of their transport systems. Cities can explore combinations of different policy scenarios and assess the impacts of these scenarios on the environment, safety, mobility, the economy and the city’s transport system. This type of scenario analysis helps cities to rapidly identify which policy measures are likely to be useful in supporting their own urban transport sustainability goals.

A key benefit of the tool is that users do not need any prior experience in transport modelling. The tool is user-friendly, and has a simple and intuitive graphical user interface.

For more information, visit

CIVITAS SUMPs-Up launches call for mobility planning authorities

21 April 2017

CIVITAS SUMPs-Up launches call for mobility planning authorities

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project has launched a call for applications for its Innovation Pilot Pool (IPP), a select group of transport and urban planning practitioners who will develop tools and services to help SUMP development in European cities. IPP participants will receive SUMPS-Up funding and participate in learning activities known as SUMP Learning Programmes (SLPs) to test and apply SUMP approaches, tools and methodologies under real conditions.

CIVITAS SUMPs-Up is an EU-funded project with a focus on helping cities develop Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) - strategic long-term planning documents that integrate all transport modes and balance environmental, social and economic factors. The project assists mobility planning authorities, especially in countries where there are few SUMPs, to overcome the barriers that stop or make it difficult for them to implement the plans.

The current call for applications seeks to fill 40 slots in the Expert Group, who will participate for six months, and 10 slots in the Leadership Group, who will participate for three years. The remaining 50 slots in the IPP scheme will be selected via similar calls for applications opening in 2018 and 2019.

For more information and to submit an application, visit

Basque Declaration presented at European Parliament meeting of European Greens

6 April 2017

Basque Declaration presented at European Parliament meeting of European Greens

ICLEI colleagues outlined the key messages included in the Basque Declaration at a recent stakeholder meeting convened by the European Greens, attended by a select group of MEPs, NGO representatives, and others working in the field of urban sustainability policy.

Austrian MEP Monika Vana, a Member of the Greens/European Free Alliance parliamentary group, moderated the informal meeting. Former ICLEI Regional Executive Committee member Evelyne Huytebroeck, now a member of the European Green Party Committee, provided the opening welcome to participants.

Head of the ICLEI Brussels Office Peter Defranceschi and Coordinator Giorgia Rambelli gave a succinct presentation, providing information on the background of the urban sustainability movement, the launch of the Basque Declaration at the 2016 Sustainable Cities and Towns campaign in the Basque Country, and the role of local governments in meeting transnational agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Urban Agenda.

“Everybody is aware that there is an urgent need to transform our societies. The Basque Declaration is really about seeing the local level as agents of change, and empowering civil society to have an active role and responsibility in bringing about this change,” said Mr Defranceschi.

A networking session followed the presentation, in which representatives from the European Greens asked follow up questions about ICLEI’s vision for urban sustainability and transformative actions by cities.

For more information, contact

European Commission offers cities a say in Urban Water Agenda 2030

28 March 2017

European Commission offers cities a say in Urban Water Agenda 2030

The European Commission’s DG Environment is looking for cities willing to contribute to the strategy development of the upcoming Urban Water Agenda 2030 (UWA2030). Through the UWA2030 initiative, cities will gain visibility for their commitment to sustainable urban water management and readiness to apply innovative solutions in the field of water resources, systems and services.

Recognising the strengths of local action for sustainable urban water management, the European Commission seeks to engage cities in accelerating the implementation of EU water policies and legislation, in particular the EU Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive. This work will contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Access to Water and Sanitation, and 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Following a tender procedure, ICLEI and EUROCITIES were selected by the European Commission in February 2017 to prepare a strategy and work plan for the UWA2030. The European Commission is setting up a core group of cities that will be regularly consulted on these matters between April and October 2017.

By participating in the UWA2030 core group, cities gain a unique opportunity to have a say on the strategic direction of the UWA2030. The Terms of Reference outlines the expected role and contribution of core group members as well as the process for joining the group. Cites interested in becoming a member of the UWA2030 core group should express their interest by contacting by 7 April 2017.

For more information, download the terms of reference.

Be the Heat Pump City of the year

20 March 2017

Be the Heat Pump City of the year

The Heat Pump City of the Year Award recognises the most efficient, smart and sustainable heat pump project at the local level. In the context of its involvement in two low carbon heating and cooling projects (Heat Roadmap Europe 4 and THERMOS), ICLEI is well placed to lend its expertise as member of the jury.

Launched in 2011 by the European Heat Pump Association, the award aims to give visibility to cities active in decarbonising their heating and cooling sector and to put the spotlight on cities and regions that have implemented an energy efficient project incorporating a heat pump. The competition is calling for sustainable heat pump examples from single residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The level of integration in thermal grids and with other renewable technologies, such as solar panels, will be considered.

The competition is open to cities and regions, national associations, and individuals. The deadline for application is 7 April and the winner will be awarded during the DecarbHeat2017 event, which will take place in Brussels (Belgium) on 11-12 of May.

For more information about this year’s edition and details of how to apply, visit

Sustainable energy actions from planning to implementation

10 January 2017

Sustainable energy actions from planning to implementation

The Final Conference of the Intelligent Energy Europe funded projects Mayors in Action and BEAST will take place in Brussels (Belgium) on 8 February 2017. The projects will provide ideas on how to bridge the gap between planning and implementing a wide range of sustainable energy actions.

The event will bring together policy makers and technical staff from local and regional governments, signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, Covenant Supporters and Coordinators, energy agencies, the business sector, and energy stakeholders. In addition to a great line-up of speakers and experts, the free one-day workshop will be an opportunity to exchange and discuss about sustainable energy actions and replication possibilities.

The workshop will have a round of speed presentations to look at financing and implementing sustainable energy actions, followed by an interactive panel discussion. A “matchmaking lunch”, in which expert hosts facilitate the networking among participants in a series of topical roundtables, will conclude the event. Registration can be completed online.

For more information, click here.

Indian cities to take part in Urban-LEDS staff exchange in Zagreb

24 February 2016

Indian cities to take part in Urban-LEDS staff exchange in Zagreb

Delegates from the Indian Urban-LEDS model cities of Rajkot and Thane will visit Zagreb (Croatia) from 7-11 March 2016, where they will work alongside their Croatian peers to discover new ways to drive low-carbon development in their cities. Rajkot Municipality has implemented sustainable change during the Urban-LEDS project and has been declared a ‘Solar city’ by the Government of India. Last year, the City of Thane won two awards for its advancements in the areas of renewable energy, water and waste.

In Zagreb, the delegates will meet municipal staff experienced in implementing strategies their Indian peers would like to replicate. The first theme will be Energy Management and Stakeholder Involvement including a demonstration on Information Systems for Energy Management. The secondary focus will be on energy efficiency, covering sustainable urban mobility and sustainable building, as well as European intercity cooperation. This will be followed by study visits to the Vladimir Prelog Science School and a guided tour of the Zagreb waste water treatment plant.

For the second part of the programme, the delegates will participate in a centralised training for supporting structures as part of the Mayors in Action project. The two-day programme will include a study visit on the implementation of energy efficiency measures and encouraging sustainable development in the building sector, transport sector and street lighting. The event will introduce the delegates to international experts in the area and provide step-by-step training in planning, implementing and reporting on sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs). The Mayors in Action event from 10-11 March is open for registrations and further information is available online.

For more information, visit the Urban-LEDS website.

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