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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Agile cities: how are cities adapting to the fourth industrial revolution?

In September 2018, the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization of the World Economic Forum has released a report on the adaptation of urban landscapes and administrations to the fourth industrial revolution.

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publication date: 17-10-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES statement on the LIFE programme 2021-2027

The EUROCITIES statement on the Commission proposal for a regulation on LIFE (2021-2027) is now out.

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publication date: 08-10-2018

  •  environment

Amsterdam commits to 55% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 at the ChangeNOW Summit

Amsterdam hereby renews its commitment under the Covenant of Mayors. By committing to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, it sets even more ambitious targets than the minimum Covenant requirements (40% emission reductions by 2030).

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publication date: 03-10-2018

Apply to be part of PROSPECT: energy efficiency finance peer learning project

The PROSPECT energy efficiency finance peer learning programme is now open for applications. Designed for both experienced practitioners and those wishing to learn, this second learning cycle will start in late 2018 — and applications close on 19 October.

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publication date: 02-10-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES partner of the European Green Capital Network pilot project

EUROCITIES, along with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), is to run a pilot project for the European Green Capital Network. As well as supporting the EU Commission in coordinating the work of the network of winners and finalists, we will also be involved in developing tools to share these cities' expertise with a wider audience.

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publication date: 02-10-2018

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Submit your project for the Energy Globe Award 2019: the largest environmental prize worldwide

Energy Globe Award supports most outstanding sustainable initiatives from all over the world and let them set an example for others.

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publication date: 26-09-2018

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Local climate action : several EUROCITIES members raise the bar

Several EUROCITIES members took ambitious commitments to become low-carbon at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on 14 September 2018.

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publication date: 20-09-2018

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#EUGreenWeek 2019 – call for proposals to organise the opening event is now open

Environmental laws have a huge impact on our life. They improve water and air quality, they protect nature, and they encourage recycling and waste management. But to really make an appreciable difference, these EU laws have to be properly implemented.

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publication date: 19-09-2018

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A Europe to believe in: EUROCITIES response to president Juncker's State of the Union

In response to European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address 2018, EUROCITIES secretary general, Anna Lisa Boni, shared the following thoughts:

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publication date: 12-09-2018