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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Climate adaptation webinar series #1: risks and vulnerabilities

The Covenant of Mayors is starting a webinar series on climate adaptation. Webinar #1 taking place on 7 March 2019 11:00-12:45 CET, will be on assessing risks and vulnerabilities.

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start date: 07-03-2019
end date: 07-03-2019

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Genoa calls on cities to sign the Covenant of Mayors 2030 targets

Genoa calls on cities to join them at the next EUROCITIES Environment Forum to sign the Covenant of Mayors 2030 emission reduction target. Signatory cities pledge action to support implementation of the EU 40% greenhouse gas-reduction target by 2030 and the adoption of a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

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publication date: 14-02-2019

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  •  environment

Ghent citizens panel on social rights and the environment issues three recommendations

The city of Ghent invited citizens to discuss the future of Europe on two specific topics - social rights and the environment and climate - in an open debate on 12 February.

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publication date: 14-02-2019

  •  environment

Covenant of Mayors - Leaflet Energy Poverty

The Covenant of Mayors has just released a new publication on energy poverty entitled 'How to alleviate energy poverty at the local level?'. Get inspired by the Covenant of Mayors cities and regions!

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publication date: 06-02-2019

  •  environment

Covenant of Mayors Europe - 2018 Annual Report

The Covenant of Mayor Europe had just released its Annual Report for 2018.

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publication date: 06-02-2019

  •  environment

EUROCITIES policy statement on climate change ambition

EUROCITIES policy statement on climate change ambition is now out.

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publication date: 31-01-2019

  •  environment

WG AQCCEE Meeting - EEF Genoa - 3 April 2019

Please find below the agenda for the WG Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy Efficiency meeting that will take place on 3 April in Genoa. (To make sure you have access to the agenda, do not forget to log in to the member's area).

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publication date: 24-01-2019

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  •  environment

Riga citizens panel: three civic participation proposals

Riga (Latvia) held a citizens panel on civic participation related to culture, youth, neighbourhoods, green lifestyle and inclusive society in December as part of our citizens panel initiative. Following good practice presentations and discussions, participants came up with three recommendations.

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publication date: 24-01-2019

  •  environment

WG GAB Meeting - EEF Genoa - 3 April 2019

Please find below the agenda for the WG Green Areas and Biodiversity meeting that will take place on 3 April in Genoa. (To make sure you have access to the agenda, do not forget to log in to the member's area).

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publication date: 24-01-2019