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.

Open Access Government: A social challenge for Europe

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES explains why the fight against poverty and social exclusion is a social challenge for Europe

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publication date: 28-03-2019

  •  environment

Politico: EU Confidential Goes Green

Anna König Jerlmy, EUROCITIES president and mayor of Stockholm, was invited to speak in the first of six special episodes of this popular podcast, which are set to focus on green issues.

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publication date: 28-03-2019

  •  cooperation

Cities Today: A city leaders’ agenda for Europe

Imagine if city leaders set the EU agenda...Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general of EUROCITIES speaks to Cities Today with some food for thought on future EU policy.

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publication date: 22-03-2019

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

A wake up call for those who care about Europe

It is a critical time for Europe, ahead of the European elections. The success or failure of the European project will be decided in and by our cities’ ability to shape and implement policy locally.

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publication date: 21-03-2019

  •  environment

EUROCITIES position on EU 2050 climate ambition

In a letter addressed to the President of the European Council, the EU Heads of State, EC Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, EUROCITIES President Anna König Jerlmyr pointed out EUROCITIES position on the EU 2050 climate ambition. She calls on EU leaders to commit to the target of net zero emissions by 2050 as it is the only pathway that will deliver on citizens’ expectations and minimise negative future impacts.

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publication date: 21-03-2019

  •  environment

Open letter from the Coalition for Higher Ambition

In an open letter addressed to the EU Heads of State and Government, the President Juncker and the EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, the Coalition for Higher Ambition, an alliance of European businesses, associations, investor groups, trade unions, local and regional authorities and civil society organisations, called on the EU to review its 2030 contribution to the Paris Agreement and to endorse the objective of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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publication date: 21-03-2019

  •  cooperation

Euractiv: Europe depends on its cities

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES speaks to Euractiv ahead of our second mayors' summit and launch of EUROCITIES 'city leaders agenda for Europe'.

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publication date: 20-03-2019

  •  mobility

Highlights from the Mobility Forum in Karlsruhe (13-15 March 2019) Focus on decarbonisation

“Cities are often the frontrunners in the implementation of sustainable mobility measures, acting as a driving force for higher climate ambition at national and EU level.” Mark Major, SLoCaT.

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publication date: 19-03-2019

  •  environment

Unique coalition calls upon EU to ramp up climate action

“We believe it is high time for European leaders to rise up to the challenge of climate action. We need Europe to transition to a sustainable society and economy as soon as possible.”

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publication date: 19-03-2019