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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publication date: 08-02-2018

World Urban Forum is a chance to translate sustainability goals into reality

With around 20,000 participants expected over five days, the World Urban Forum 9, taking place in Kuala Lumpur from 7-13 February 2018 is the first major urban development conference since the adoption of the New Urban Agenda under Habitat III and the first conference dedicated to its implementation.

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publication date: 08-02-2018

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European Commission launches the EU Energy Poverty Observatory

29 January marked the launch of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory. The Observatory is an online platform that facilitates sharing knowledge and disseminating information on energy poverty in the EU. It is an instrument that offers guidance for policy makers by providing open-access resources and scientific data from across Europe. The platform also provides training resources and technical assistance to the interested parties.

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publication date: 02-02-2018

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How to adapt best practices for waste collection to local constraints

Is there such a thing as a “Best Practice” for waste collection? While several general principles – such as source separation, communication, incentives – are known to increase recycling rates, their concrete application might be challenging. Indeed, a practice that is successful in a territory might not produce the same high results when applied to a different context. For instance, civic amenity sites offer a compelling solution for source separation; however, their effectiveness is...

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start date: 22-03-2018
end date: 22-03-2018

  •  knowledge society

New publication: GDC 2017 collection of case-studies is out now!

Green Digital Charter collection of case studies 2017

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publication date: 30-01-2018

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Registration to the 2018 Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is open!

Since 2008, over 9,200 local authorities have taken action to reach their Covenant of Mayors targets and contribute to the EU climate and energy objectives.

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publication date: 29-01-2018

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start date: 22-02-2018
end date: 22-02-2018

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Time to apply innovative finance schemes in your city!

Does your city/region have ambitious energy and climate objectives? Are your local/regional strategies and action plans are ready? Is securing other finances without burdening the public budget a problem?

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publication date: 17-01-2018

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Time to apply innovative finance schemes in your city! Deadline to apply extended to 28 February!

Does your city/region have ambitious energy and climate objectives? Are your local/regional strategies and action plans are ready? Is securing other finances without burdening the public budget a problem?

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publication date: 17-01-2018

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European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2018

This year, the 3-day Policy Conference will take place between 5 June and 7 June 2018 in Brussels. The theme of EUSEW 2018 focuses on 'Clean Energy transition'.

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start date: 05-06-2018
end date: 07-06-2018