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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Global standard for measuring city emissions announced

A new global standard for reporting cities’ greenhouse gas emissions inventories has been announced by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy during the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23, hosted by Bonn.

news

publication date: 15-11-2017

  •  environment

Discover the 28 cities running for the European Green Capital 2020 and European Green Leaf 2019 Awards!

28 towns and cities from across 21 European countries are officially competing to win the 2020 European Green Capital and 2019 European Green Leaf Awards. This is the highest number of countries entering the competition in the history of the two initiatives. With the 2020 title, the European Green Capital Award will be celebrating 10 years, as it first started in 2010, with Stockholm as a winner.

news

publication date: 10-11-2017

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A Digital Presidency. Takeaways from Estonia's programme for a Digital Europe (Brussels, 14 Dec 2017)

On 14 December, the Centre for European Studies and the Estonian Government will host a major event in Brussels to assess the progress of Estonian's programme for a digital Europe.

event

start date: 14-12-2017
end date: 14-12-2017

The power of innovative financing: renovating buildings for energy-efficient cities

The Covenant of Mayors and the Citynvest project will organise an event for local authorities on how to implement successful financial schemes for buildings renovation.

event

start date: 04-12-2017
end date: 05-12-2017

  •  environment

EUROCITIES in Bonn for the COP23 climate change summit

The COP23 climate change summit has kicked off today (6 November) in Bonn and will run for the next two weeks (6 - 17 November).

news

publication date: 06-11-2017

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  •  mobility

ERRIN Horizon 2020 Project Development Week (20-24 November 2017)

In light of the publication of the 2018-2020 Work Programme, ERRIN, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network, is organising an entire week of Horizon 2020 project development workshops from 20 November at multiple venues in Brussels.

event

start date: 20-11-2017
end date: 24-11-2017

  •  environment

EUBCE 2018 – 26th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 14th to 18th May 2018, Copenhagen

As one of the world’s leading R&D conference combined with an international exhibition, the EUBCE represents the leading platform for the collection, exchange and dissemination of scientific know-how in the field of biomass.

event

start date: 14-05-2018
end date: 18-05-2018

  •  environment

Presentations - Plenary Session - EEF Essen - 19-20 October 2017

Presentations - Plenary Session - EEF Essen - 19-20 October 2017

publication

publication date: 24-10-2017

  •  knowledge society

KSF - GDC conference: Imagine the Urban Future. Brussels, 23 January 2018

EUROCITIES Knowledge Society forum and the Green Digital Charter invite you to their annual event that looks to the trends, technologies and challenges that will shape the future European cities.

event

start date: 23-01-2018
end date: 23-01-2018