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.

  •  economy
  •  environment

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?

news

publication date: 17-01-2018

  •  environment

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

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

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: 15-01-2018

  •  environment

2018 EU Green Week: register now your partner event!

Your city is invited to submit partner events proposals in the framework of the 2018 EU Green Week. This year’s edition will take place from 21 to 25 May on the theme of ‘Green cities for a greener future’.

news

publication date: 12-01-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

news

publication date: 12-01-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES proposal for the directive of European Parliament and of the council amending on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast) (2016/0382(COD))

EUROCITIES proposal for the directive of European Parliament and of the council amending on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast) (2016/0382(COD))

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publication date: 08-01-2018

  •  environment

Recommendations for the vote in ITRE Committee, on the Energy Union directives and regulation

Recommendations for the vote in ITRE Committee, on the Energy Union directives and regulation

publication

publication date: 08-01-2018

  •  environment

Call for participation: join COLLECTOR's Regional Working Group!

COLLECTORS is a new Horizon 2020 project starting in December 2017 and focusing on good practices for the collection and sorting of three waste categories: packaging and paper waste, WEEE, and construction and demolition waste.

news

publication date: 05-01-2018

  •  cooperation

ESOF 2018, Toulouse - Sharing Science: towards new horizons

Created in 2004 by EuroScience, ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe and is a unique place to debate on science and innovation and their relations with society. After Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona, Torino, Dublin, Copenhagen and Manchester, Toulouse will host ESOF for its 8th edition under the motto “Sharing Science: towards new horizons” and will become the “European City of Science 2018”.

event

start date: 09-07-2018
end date: 14-07-2018

  •  knowledge society

Citizens and cities centre stage as EUROCITIES amplifies its members’ voices at the Barcelona Smart City Expo

Citizens are the brain of the city. The more control the brain has over the body, the more efficient and powerful the organism. It is for this reason that the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress, as the focus which united its 600 stands, had citizen engagement and empowerment towards building smart cities.

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publication date: 20-12-2017