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

EU Green Week calls for green cities for a greener future

Cities across Europe are committed to the transition to a greener, more sustainable and inclusive future by working with citizens and collaborating in partnerships.

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publication date: 23-05-2018

  •  environment

EURACTIV: Green cities for a greener future

On issues such as providing cleaner air, reducing noise pollution, establishing cleaner water and tackling waste, cities are at the forefront of change, writes Anna Lisa Boni.

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publication date: 23-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Green EUROCITIES for a greener future

Find our special EU Green Week 2018 publication below

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publication date: 22-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Europe on the Move: Safe, connected and clean mobility

On 17 May, the European Commission released its third and final set of legislative proposals for mobility. Transport is now the largest source of emissions in the EU, and accounts for 25,000 road fatalities per year and contributes to 400,000 premature deaths from air pollution.

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publication date: 17-05-2018

  •  environment

The City Finance Lab - boosting innovation in climate finance for cities on May 25, 2018

On May, 25 Climate-KIC is organising a webinar on: The City Finance Lab - boosting innovation in climate finance for cities

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start date: 25-05-2018
end date: 25-05-2018

  •  environment

Workshop: The road to Urban Bioeconomy: Barriers and Solutions to Closing the Loops of Bio-Resources

On May 28 the City of Oslo, ECN, Eurocities, MWE, Urban Agenda for the EU are jointly organising a Workshop in Brussels on the topic: 'The road to Urban Bioeconomy: Barriers and Solutions to Closing the Loops of Bio-Resources'

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start date: 28-05-2018
end date: 28-05-2018

  •  environment

Conference "Renewable energy developments and the EU Nature Legislation", 13 June 2018 Brussels

The European Committee of the Regions in partnership with the European Commission, under the Joint Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment, is organising a conference on "Renewable energy developments and the EU Nature Legislation" on 13 June 2018, in Brussels.

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start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 13-06-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES Enviornment Forum meeting - Tampere, Finland - 17-19 October 2018

The autumn EUROCITIES Environment forum will take place in Tampere, Finland from 17 to 19 October 2018. The focus will be on clean air and clear skies.

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start date: 17-10-2018
end date: 19-10-2018

  •  mobility

EUROCITIES Statement on the Clean Mobility Package

Clean mobility is a priority for European cities. The impact of transport on urban air quality and the climate has direct consequences on the health of citizens and strength of our cities. The Clean Mobility Package aims to stimulate the market uptake of low- and zero-emission vehicles and strengthen the deployment ambition of alternative fuels infrastructure. Ambition and a recognition of the local dimension are a necessary starting point to harness the potential of cities and support...

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publication date: 03-05-2018

  •  environment

Ghent and Vaasa twinning - European and local ecosystems against climate change

Cities are taking a determined stand against climate change, but for good climate policy to take effect, the private sector must be on board. In Vaasa, the local government has a stake in the 140-company strong ‘Energy Vaasa’, and is cooperating with private enterprises to make its ambitious climate targets – becoming carbon neutral by 2035 – become a reality.

news

publication date: 03-05-2018