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

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).

publication

publication date: 24-01-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

URBACT III call for Action Planning open!

URBACT released its final URBACT III call for Action Planning networks on January 7th. The focus is on collaborative networks of cities to co-design integrated action plans on urban poverty, mobility, digital transitions etc.

news

publication date: 11-01-2019

  •  environment

Green the roofs of Bonn

The city of Bonn is supporting the development of green roofs with fiscal incentives. Green roofs have lower water outflows than sealed surfaces and have climate adaptation effects.

case study

publication date: 07-01-2019

  •  environment

event

start date: 07-02-2019
end date: 08-02-2019

  •  environment

The banks of the Haute Deûle, an eco-district along the waterway in Lille

The city of Lille turned the river Deûle into the essential element in the redevelopment of an old 25-hectare industrial site, recognising its social and environmental benefits as well as its key role with respect to climate change adaptation.

case study

publication date: 07-01-2019

  •  environment

Warsaw towards the ‘green metropolis’ through multiple public transport investments

The city undergoes a complete transformation of its public transport system to counteract the high levels of individual transport and consequent air pollution.

case study

publication date: 07-01-2019

Webinar on active involvement of citizens for energy saving

The Sharing Cities programme will host a webinar on the Digital Social Market (DSM) in Lisbon, an online engagement platform on Thursday 17 January 2019, 15:00-16:00 (CET, Brussels time).

event

start date: 17-01-2019
end date: 17-01-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment

event

start date: 19-02-2019
end date: 20-02-2019

  •  environment

Be part of the best European energy projects at EU Sustainable Energy Week Awards

© European Union, 2018. LIFE projects tackling energy issues can now compete for the next EU Sustainable Energy Week Awards.

news

publication date: 21-12-2018