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.

  •  cooperation
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

PED Cities Workshop and a site visit on 3 and 4 April in Vienna

The Programme on Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods (PED) has the ambition to develop pathways towards implementation of 100 Positive Energy Districts in urban neighbourhoods across Europe by 2025. This is seen as an important contribution to current policies on achieving the goals of reducing Europe’s carbon footprint, managing the energy transition and to cities ambitions towards sustainable urban development. Solid understanding and consideration of cities’ experiences and...

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start date: 03-04-2019
end date: 04-04-2019

  •  environment

Promote your event as an EU Green Week partner event

EUROCITIES members currently planning an event taking place between 13 April and 9 June 2019 still have the possibility to register it as an EU Green Week 2019 partner event. This year’s EU Green Week will take place between 13 May and 17 May 2019 and will examine the process of implementation of EU environmental laws.

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publication date: 14-03-2019

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Smart wood - new SCIS podcast

There is a fascinating smart city material that automatically adjusts to changes in temperature and humidity, provides great insulation and can be sourced sustainably and locally.

news

publication date: 04-03-2019

  •  cooperation

Urban Future Global Conference programme now out

With 85 sessions, over 30 field trips, more than 200 Speakers, and a bunch of cool side events, there's a lot waiting for you!

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publication date: 28-02-2019

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  •  environment

Strasbourg citizens panel issues three recommendations on climate change

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Strasbourg organised a citizens' consultation which enabled people to share their views and make recommendations on adaptation to climate change.

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publication date: 26-02-2019

  •  environment

Innovative Financing for Creating Green Cities - European Conference, 26-27 March 2019

European conference on innovative financing for creating green cities, 26-27 March 2019, Manchester, UK.

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start date: 26-03-2019
end date: 27-03-2019

  •  environment

The Nature of Cities Summit, 4-7 June, Paris - Registrations are open!

A first-ever gathering of The Nature of Cities community where thought leaders from communities of practice, policy, and academia come together to discuss the nature of cities—green cities that are better for people and nature.

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start date: 04-06-2019
end date: 07-06-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Cities commit to invest €4.3 billion to fight poverty and social exclusion over 5 years

21 cities, representing more than 20 million citizens have so far pledged €4.32 billion towards a fairer, more equal and inclusive Europe.

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publication date: 21-02-2019

  •  mobility

Peer at your peers – Join a CIVITAS SATELLITE exchange this spring

Is your city looking for a short-cut to electric mobility, smarter public transport and cleaner air? Don’t learn the hard way. Cologne and Braga are ready to welcome you for three days of knowledge exchange.

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publication date: 20-02-2019