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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Booklet of Positive Energy Districts (PED) in Europe - contribution still open

This booklet is a compilation of projects on sustainable urbanization and the energy transition.

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publication date: 23-05-2019

Smart Energy Solutions: what's keeping cities from implementing?

What's keeping cities from implementing Smart Energy Solutions? Be a part of our replication workshops in Brussels to find out!

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start date: 20-06-2019
end date: 20-06-2019

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Cities Today: Cities urge European Council to step up climate action

"The latest IPCC report could not have been any clearer on the need for urgent climate action [and] cities all across Europe are taking the lead in fighting climate change. It is time that European and national leaders fully commit to and start working for a climate neutral Europe by 2050, together with our cities." says Anna König Jerlmyr, president of EUROCITIES and mayor of Stockholm, one of 210 mayors to sign a letter sent to European leaders.

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publication date: 14-05-2019

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210 European mayors ask for EU emissions to peak by 2020, halve by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050

EUROCITIES, together with other city networks, have presented an open letter signed by 210 mayors, representing 62 million citizens, to European heads of states and governments ahead of the 'Future of Europe' summit in Sibiu on 9 May. The letter urges international leaders to commit the European Union and all European institutions to a long-term climate strategy with the objective of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050:

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publication date: 07-05-2019

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210 European mayors demand EU emissions peak by 2020, halve by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050

Mayors call on European Council and Member States to commit to long-term climate strategy and binding, ambitious emission reduction targets.

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publication date: 07-05-2019

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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
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EUROCITIES city leaders agenda for Europe

EUROCITIES ‘city leaders agenda for Europe’ is a wake up call for those who care about Europe. We believe that urban and European challenges are strongly connected, and that there is a need for a deeper partnership between different levels of government to meet common challenges.

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publication date: 02-05-2019

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  •  mobility

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publication date: 29-04-2019

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Second Climate Strategy Roundtable in Brussels

The second Climate Strategy Roundtable will be held in Brussels on Monday 15 April 2019

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start date: 15-04-2019
end date: 15-04-2019

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Webinar: Covenant of Mayors reporting framework revision

The webinar will present the revised version of the Covenant of Mayors reporting framework. During the webinar signatories, coordinators and active supporters will be asked to provide their comments and feedback on the proposed revision.

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start date: 21-05-2019
end date: 21-05-2019

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  •  culture
  •  environment

news

publication date: 26-04-2019