climate

Despite efforts to limit the impact of climate change, it is clear that global warming cannot be completely avoided. Rising sea levels, extreme weather phenomena with heavier rainfall and wind, more floods and more droughts will be a reality to which Europe will need to adapt.

Cities are a particular case for climate adaptation. They have a high population density, with 75% of Europe’s population living in cities. They will also have to deal with specific issues, such as urban ‘heat island’ effects and exacerbated risk of flooding due to less permeable surfaces.

While cities may have common issues, each needs to find its own strategy that takes into account many different factors: geographical situations and climatic conditions vary widely, as do the population and historical makeup of cities. The development of new neighbourhoods will also have to take into account climate adaptation.

We are well aware of the challenge. A number of our member cities already have climate adaptation strategies in place that involve relevant policies and issues, including water management, green infrastructure for climate adaptation, and many more.

We support the exchange of best practice between more advanced cities and cities that do not yet have a complete strategy. We also help coordinate adaptation strategies at different levels of government by giving cities a channel to the EU institutions.

Following input to the European Commission’s white paper on climate adaptation, we have participated in initiatives such as the European Commission’s adaptation steering group and the ClimSave FP7 stakeholder panel on climate adaptation.

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start date: 20-06-2017
end date: 20-06-2017

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start date: 21-06-2017
end date: 21-06-2017

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start date: 22-06-2017
end date: 22-06-2017

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How can we unlock energy investment opportunities at the local level? Lesson learnt from Bristol use of ELENA

In the framework of the Covenant of Mayors webinar of last 27 April on “ELENA - European Local Energy Assistance: Inspiration from successful projects” Mareike Schmidt, Service Manager for Energy at Bristol City Council has identified a series of useful lessons learnt from their use of the EIB technical assistance.

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publication date: 10-05-2017

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Last places available to join the first CIVITAS study visit in Zagreb

Are you interested in learning more about successful cycling projects? Do you want to share your experience on car-independent lifestyles? Hurry up, few places are still available to join the first CIVITAS study visit in Zagreb!

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publication date: 05-05-2017

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Green Digital Charter signatories showcased at SMARTGREENS conference in Porto

Between 22 and 24 April, Porto hosted the SMARTGREENS international conference on smart cities and green ICT systems. The event gathered researchers, developers, companies and projects representatives interested in green ICT solutions, and sustainable energy-aware systems and technologies for smart cities.

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publication date: 04-05-2017

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EUROCITIES Environment Forum on energy transition in cities

On 15-17 March, 145 participants from 57 cities attended the EUROCITIES Environment Forum in Antwerp, which focused on energy transition in cities.

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publication date: 27-04-2017

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Movin’On 2017: From Ambition to Action

Smart and sustainable urban mobility for all

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start date: 13-06-2017
end date: 15-06-2017

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Revision of Clean Vehicles Directive: EUROCITIES responds to EU consultation

The EU has launched a review of Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road vehicles (Clean Vehicles Directive).

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publication date: 27-04-2017

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The first CIVITAS SUMPs-Up call for planning authorities is open

Is your city in the process of initiating, developing or implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)? Is your city advanced and you want to take part in the uptake of SUMPs in European cities?

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publication date: 25-04-2017