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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A wake up call for those who care about Europe

It is a critical time for Europe, ahead of the European elections. The success or failure of the European project will be decided in and by our cities’ ability to shape and implement policy locally.

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publication date: 21-03-2019

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EUROCITIES position on EU 2050 climate ambition

In a letter addressed to the President of the European Council, the EU Heads of State, EC Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, EUROCITIES President Anna König Jerlmyr pointed out EUROCITIES position on the EU 2050 climate ambition. She calls on EU leaders to commit to the target of net zero emissions by 2050 as it is the only pathway that will deliver on citizens’ expectations and minimise negative future impacts.

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publication date: 21-03-2019

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Open letter from the Coalition for Higher Ambition

In an open letter addressed to the EU Heads of State and Government, the President Juncker and the EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, the Coalition for Higher Ambition, an alliance of European businesses, associations, investor groups, trade unions, local and regional authorities and civil society organisations, called on the EU to review its 2030 contribution to the Paris Agreement and to endorse the objective of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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publication date: 21-03-2019

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Highlights from the Mobility Forum in Karlsruhe (13-15 March 2019) Focus on decarbonisation

“Cities are often the frontrunners in the implementation of sustainable mobility measures, acting as a driving force for higher climate ambition at national and EU level.” Mark Major, SLoCaT.

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publication date: 19-03-2019

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Unique coalition calls upon EU to ramp up climate action

“We believe it is high time for European leaders to rise up to the challenge of climate action. We need Europe to transition to a sustainable society and economy as soon as possible.”

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publication date: 19-03-2019

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CoMo case study Turin: Energy efficiency interventions for public buildings and lighting systems

The municipality has undertaken a fruitful collaboration with the University Politecnico of Turin to collect data on energy consumption and costs for the city building stock, with the aim of making more efficient technical and policy decisions. Renovation of public buildings and substitution of public lighting bulbs with LEDs are among the first actions implemented.

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publication date: 14-03-2019

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PED Cities Workshop and a site visit on 3 and 4 April in Vienna

The Programme on Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods (PED) has the ambition to develop pathways towards implementation of 100 Positive Energy Districts in urban neighbourhoods across Europe by 2025. This is seen as an important contribution to current policies on achieving the goals of reducing Europe’s carbon footprint, managing the energy transition and to cities ambitions towards sustainable urban development. Solid understanding and consideration of cities’ experiences and...

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start date: 03-04-2019
end date: 04-04-2019

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Promote your event as an EU Green Week partner event

EUROCITIES members currently planning an event taking place between 13 April and 9 June 2019 still have the possibility to register it as an EU Green Week 2019 partner event. This year’s EU Green Week will take place between 13 May and 17 May 2019 and will examine the process of implementation of EU environmental laws.

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publication date: 14-03-2019