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ICLEI in Europe News
Dear Members, Partners and Friends of ICLEI,
We are pleased to send you the latest news on ICLEI in Europe and our partners for urban sustainability!
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In this issue:
1. ICLEI member news
Almada and Zaragoza are best LIFE-Environment Projects 2007-2008
EMAS LAB, a project led by ICLEI member city Almada (Portugal), was considered to be one of the 21 best LIFE-Environment projects completed during 2007 and early 2008. ICLEI member Zaragoza (Spain) was also included in this forerunners group with the project OPTIMIZAGUA.
The goal of the EMAS LAB project was to select EMAS indicators and develop the corresponding benchmarks, as well as to develop tools and methodologies for its implementation that could be used in local authorities throughout Portugal. OPTIMIZAGUA focused on policy objectives for water quantity, in order to ensure and promote sustainable water abstraction and sustainable use of surface and ground waters.
The award aims to improve dissemination by identifying those LIFE projects whose results, if widely applied, could have the most positive impact on the environment.
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2. ICLEI World Congress 2009 in Edmonton - Connecting leaders
ICLEI World Congress, a key event for ICLEI members, ICLEI’s strategic partners and experts, will take place from 14 - 18 June 2009 in the City of Edmonton (Canada).
The congress will be a golden opportunity to learn about the achievements of the most advanced cities and towns, and to build upon past successes to advance local action for sustainability. More than 800 delegates worldwide will be able to learn from each other and interact beyond regional boundaries.
3. ICLEI in World Economic Forum's Council on Urban Management
ICLEI Secretary General Konrad Otto-Zimmermann accepted an invitation from Prof. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to become a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Urban Management. He will attend the Inaugural Summit on the Global Agenda to be held in Dubai from 7 - 9 November 2008.
The World Economic Forum will form Global Agenda Councils on the foremost topics in the global arena - such as Urban Management - and will convene 15 to 30 of the world’s leading experts to capture best knowledge on each issue and integrate it into global collaboration and decision-making processes.
The Network of Global Agenda Councils will have a major impact on shaping the global agenda by monitoring and prioritising global challenges, elaborating solutions and being available in crisis management situations. It will also act as an advisory board to the World Economic Forum and other parties.
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4. G-8 endorses halving global emissions by 2050
Meeting in Toyako (Japan) at the beginning of July, the Group of Eight leading industrial nations (G-8) endorsed the halving of world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The United States, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Britain, Canada and Italy also called on all major economies to join the effort to stem the potentially dangerous rise in world temperatures.
For more information on the final communiqué, visit www.g8summit.go.jp/eng/doc/doc080714__en.html
5. Public procurement high on the European – and ICLEI’s - agenda
As part of the package of measures in the Sustainable Production and Consumption and Sustainable Industrial Policy Action Plan released on 16 July, the European Commission also issued a Communication called "Public Procurement for a better environment", which aims to address the obstacles preventing the further take up of Green Public Procurement (GPP). With the recent development of a Training Toolkit on GPP, ICLEI has proved its active involvement in responding to the Commission’s calls for action in the field.
For more information on ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement activities,
6. European Green Capital Award - Only two months left to apply!
Does your city have a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards? If so, apply now to the European Green Capital Award! You could become a role model and encourage other cities to commit to ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development. Winning this title could also bring about additional benefits for your city such as increased tourism, more investment and an influx of young professionals.
7. Over 1,000 participants in Biofuel Cities European Partnership!
One year after its launch, the Biofuel Cities European Partnership, a platform designed for all stakeholders in the area of biofuels for transport, has raised a huge amount of interest, with an impressive 1,040 people registered to date as participants.
For more information, visit www.biofuel-cities.eu
8. Apply now for the European Energy Service Award 2008!
Since its creation four years ago, the European Energy Service Award has honoured outstanding success and dedication to energy efficiency through energy services in Europe. In 2008, it will reward energy agencies, energy service companies, public facilities, energy consultants, etc for innovative ideas and solutions in the following categories: Best Promoter, Best Provider and Best Project in the public, commercial and lighting sectors.
9. ICLEI training on Water Management at World Water Week
Planning to attend the Stockholm World Water Week in August? If so, be sure not to miss the ICLEI-organised free training session on ‘Integrated Urban Water Management – What’s in it for the City of the Future?’ The session will be held in parallel to the World Water Week taking place from 17 - 23 August in Stockholm, Sweden. Targeted at senior decision-makers and planners working in local governments, this three-hour session is arranged as part of the European Commission funded project ‘SWITCH – Managing Water for the City of the Future’.
The executive training will be delivered by experts from the SWITCH project partnership. It will serve to raise awareness of the opportunities, benefits and costs of an integrated approach to urban water management. In particular, the session will examine whether such an approach could result in more efficient and sustainable uses of water resources in an urban environment.
The training session is free of charge and will take place in the Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre (venue for the World Water Week) on 19 August 2008.
For more information, visit www.switchtraining.eu
10. 1st Buy Recycled Network Convention in Barcelona
Organised by the Waste Agency of Catalunya, a new participant of the Procura+ Campaign, the 1st Buy Recycled Network Convention (XCR) took place from 3 – 4 July in Barcelona (Spain).
11. New events
BYPAD final conference
How can you improve the cycling policy in your town, city or region? The final BYPAD (Bicycle Policy Audit) conference will gather representatives from local and regional governments that have implemented BYPAD and will present their cycling policies and exchange experiences of using the tool during the past 9 years.
The 'EU-Asia Sustainable Waste Management Cycle: Integrating Best Practices of Solid Waste Management Policies' (EA-SWMC) is a project supported by the Asia Pro-Eco Programme of the European Commission. It aims to implement measures that will ensure the management of solid waste and cleansing process complies with environment best practices.
Global Energy Basel Conference
Global Energy Basel is a conference that will serve as a new marketplace and partnering platform for relevant promoters of sustainable energy solutions. The conference will take place from 12 - 14 November in Basel, with ICLEI as one of the main partners. It will bring together relevant players in the global energy market who will present best practices and exemplary solutions for secure and sustainable energy supply.
For more information, visit www.globalenergybasel.com
12. Event reminders
World Water Week
1st SEMS Summer School & 3rd European Summer School on Renewable Motor Fuels
International Black Sea Energy Policy Conference
Second International Conference on Sustainable Tourism
8th International Congress for Planning and Environment
8th International Congress for Planning and Environment
7th Ecoprocura Conference
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The ICLEI in Europe newsletter is produced by the European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Copies are available on request. Editors: Stefan Kuhn (responsible), Ciara Leonard, Lydie Gerboin.
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