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

Open Access Government: Cities are partners in a common future for Europe

Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, looks at some of the main challenges facing Europe and how cities can be part of the solution.

publication

publication date: 19-09-2019

  •  environment

Capacity-building workshop: The Covenant of Mayors in the era of Climate Crisis

Join the Covenant of Mayors Office and the Greek National Coordinator, the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), in Athens on 15 October.

event

start date: 15-10-2019
end date: 15-10-2019

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

What makes a city liveable?

EUROCITIES presents the world’s most liveable cities

news

publication date: 06-09-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Launch of the innovation fund, the fund for innovative low carbon technologies

The Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest funding programmes for demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies.

news

publication date: 22-08-2019

  •  environment

100% Renewable Heating & Cooling for a Sustainable Future

The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC ETIP) organises the event 100% RHC for a Sustainable Future, the opportunity for RHC experts to learn, network and present their RHC innovative projects.

event

start date: 28-10-2019
end date: 28-10-2019

  •  environment

news

publication date: 07-08-2019

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

EUROCITIES secretary general among the top experts selected to define Horizon Europe mission

Anna Lisa Boni has been selected as one of the 15 experts who will help define the objective the Horizon Europe mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities.

news

publication date: 31-07-2019

  •  mobility

Will your city host a CIVITAS peer-to-peer exchange in 2020?

Cities are invited to apply to host a CIVITAS exchange activity in 2020!

news

publication date: 23-07-2019

  •  environment

news

publication date: 25-06-2019