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.

  •  environment

Local government leaders urge MEPs to engage cities for successful EU energy transition

22 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium – Today, municipal representatives of five city networks met with Members of the European Parliament to drive home the importance of local level involvement in EU energy and climate policy. Known as the Urban 5, these networks point to the local level’s power to provide jobs, its proximity to the people and its swift ability to deliver change as essential components for energy transition success.

publication

publication date: 22-06-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Urban Innovative Action: topics for the third and fourth call announced!

The Urban Innovative Actions initiative unveils the topics selected for the third and fourth Call for Proposals to be respectively launched at the end of 2017 and 2018.

news

publication date: 22-06-2017

  •  environment

Survey for a better implementation of EU environment legislation

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is promoting a survey on improving multi-level environmental governance for better implementation of EU environment legislation.

news

publication date: 09-06-2017

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

PROSPECT project summary

The project will develop a peer-to-peer learning programme which will allow more than 180 local authorities, collaborating with their local energy agencies, to discuss and learn from each other on how to better finance the development of energy and climate project for buildings, mobility and lighting and more!

publication

publication date: 08-06-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

Cities Today: Cities ‘step up’ as Trump withdraws from Paris climate agreement

Following the decsion of the US president to remove his country from the Paris climate agreement, commentators around the world have reacted in consternation.

publication

publication date: 07-06-2017

  •  environment

Webinar- Financing Energy Efficiency: The Key Role of Standardisation & Benchmarking- 28 June

On 28 June, the European Commission in partnership with the UN Environment Finance Initiative is hosting a webinar on 'Financing Energy Efficiency: The Key Role of Standardisation & Benchmarking'.

event

start date: 28-06-2017
end date: 28-06-2017

  •  mobility

Register now for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2017

European cities promoting sustainable urban mobility during the week of 16 to 22 September can now register at www.mobilityweek.eu

news

publication date: 31-05-2017

  •  mobility

CIVITAS SUMPs-Up call for planning authorities - deadline extended

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?

news

publication date: 30-05-2017

  •  environment
  •  mobility

event

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

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

event

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