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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publication date: 21-12-2018

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Covenant of Mayors city-twinning programme 2018/19: 5 EUROCITIES members selected

Bologna, Braga, Nice Metropole, Turku and Vilnius have been selected to take part in a peer-learning exchange on climate mitigation and adaptation at local level in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors city-twinning programme 2018/19.

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publication date: 19-12-2018

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2018 at a glance: Key facts and figures of the Covenant of Mayors in Europe

Are you wondering about the impact of the Covenant of Mayors community? Check our 2018 infographic and discover the achievement of the 8,800+ signatory cities.

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publication date: 18-12-2018

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Report on research and innovation recommendations to support effective decarbonisation in the EU

The High-Level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative has published its report on the role of research and innovation in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, as well as R&I priorities that will give to the EU a competitive advantage in the decarbonisation race.

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publication date: 17-12-2018

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start date: 22-05-2019
end date: 24-05-2019

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22 cities call for action during the climate conference in Katowice

If European countries want to seriously and effectively deal with climate change and other environmental issues, they need to make better use of the power of cities. This is the message 22 cities and four European city networks laid out in the Call for Action which was presented to the Patrick Child, Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation during the Climate Change Conference COP24 in the Polish city of Katowice.

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publication date: 11-12-2018

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news

publication date: 10-12-2018

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EUROCITIES event at COP24: How cultural heritage can contribute to sustainability

A side event we're organising with partners at COP24 in Katowice on 6 December will explore how cities can work together to boost sustainable and inclusive business innovation in cultural heritage to raise ambitions in tackling climate change.

news

publication date: 05-12-2018

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publication date: 04-12-2018

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Europe's World: Cities are partners for effective climate policy

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, says that cities offer the know-how to drive results and should be considered partners in effective climate policy, in this article for Europe's World.

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publication date: 29-11-2018