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 ICLEI in Europe News

   July 2008

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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!

You can also read these news and find more information on the topics at www.iclei-europe.org Don't hesitate to send your news and information at information.services@iclei.org

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In this issue:

  1. Zaragoza hosts climate action leaders at ICLEI European Member Convention
  2. ICLEI  member news
  3. More cities can apply to Green Capital Award!
  4. ICLEI helps to make the United Nations sustainable
  5. Only One World - ICLEI at Green Week 2008
  6. Apply now for the Sustainable Energy Europe Award Competition 2008!
  7. Great interest in EU Ecolabel at Procurement Solutions 2008
  8. ICLEI releases GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol
  9. Europe's Water Vision launched
  10. European Commission promotes EU town-twinning
  11. Mobility Week 2008 - Clean Air for All
  12. Portugal National Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change
  13. 5 June 2008 was World Environment Day!
  14. New Internship opportunities at ICLEI office in Freiburg
  15. New events
  16. Event reminders


1. Zaragoza hosts climate action leaders at ICLEI European Member Convention

Climate Action leaders at ZaragozaA strategic message has been sent to the world by cities, towns, counties and regions in view of the international post-2012 climate negotiations during the ICLEI European Membership Convention, held in Zaragoza from 23 to 25 June 2008.

The message is that local governments recognise the need for, and are committed to, action against climate change. They can and will help their national governments reach their greenhouse emissions reduction targets. But to do so effectively they need to be empowered and supported. In Zaragoza, the 239 delegates from 25 countries have been discussing the need for improved national-local frameworks and partnerships, to build on pilot actions and progress across Europe.

ICLEI also encouraged mayors to sign the European Covenant of Mayors - a regional development encouraging the more than 100.000 local governments in Europe to engage in climate protection.

For more information, click here [PDF 128KB] or contact Irene Vergara at irene.vergara@iclei.org.



2. ICLEI member news

"Together" helps consumers fight climate change

On 5 June 2008, leading businesses, US cities nation-wide and non-profit organisations including ICLEI, together with Mayor of ICLEI member city New York, Michael R. Bloomberg, and UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, joined forces to launch "Together", a consumer engagement campaign on climate change.

"Together" is an initiative of The Climate Group, an organisation dedicated to building public-private partnerships to find solutions to climate change. It will promote simple products, services and initiatives that yield measurable energy-saving results.

The campaign was first launched in the UK in 2007 with the help of then Prime Minister Tony Blair. To date, Together solutions in the UK have helped consumers save 522,000 tonnes of CO2 and over $200 million (€125 million) on household energy bills.

"Together" unites companies, seven cities across USA, including ICLEI member New York, and non-profit organisations with ICLEI as the campaign's founding non-profit partner. Dozens of additional partners are set to join in the coming months.

For more information, visit www.together.com.



3. More cities can apply to Green Capital Award!

European Green CapitalLaunched on 22 May 2008 by the European Commission, supported by ICLEI, the Green Capital Award is to be given each year to a European City with a population of more than 200,000 that is leading the way with environmentally friendly urban living.

In order not to exclude any European country from competing for this Award, it has been decided to make an exception for countries which do not have a capital city with more than 200,000 inhabitants. In these - but only these - countries, the largest city will be eligible to participate.

Therefore, ICLEI strongly encourages its members who meet the eligibility criteria to take part in this new exciting initiative!

Furthermore, to assist cities when filling the application form, an explanatory note has become available on the Green Capital website, which provides further information on how to interpret the indicators and what information the cities must provide when applying. The jury, which includes ICLEI, will select the winning cities for 2010 and 2011 later on this year.

For more information, visit www.europeangreencapital.eu or
contact the Green Capital Secretariat at greencapital-secretariat@cowi.com.



4. ICLEI helps to make the United Nations sustainable

ICLEI has developed the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Procurement guidelines on office IT equipment, aimed at making the United Nations (UN) procurement activities become sustainable by the end of 2009.

The guidelines are designed to support both UN requisitioners and procurers to purchase computers, notebooks, displays and imaging equipments that meets high environmental and social standards.

Based on common UN procurement procedures, they provide copy-and- paste sustainability criteria applicable for six regions (Europe, North America, South America, South-east Asia, Middle-East and South-west Africa).

UNEP is a participant of ICLEI's Procura+ Campaign, which supports public  authorities and other organisations in implementing sustainable procurement and promoting their achievements.

For more information, contact Philipp Tepper at philipp.tepper@iclei.org.



5. Only One World - ICLEI at Green Week 2008

Environnement Commissioner Dimas at ICLEI standGreen Week 2008, the biggest annual conference devoted to European environmental policy, was held from 3-6 June. This year, under the slogan "Only one Earth - Don't waste it", the event focused on the need for Europe and the rest of the world to make its use of resources more sustainable.

Now in its eighth year, Green Week has established itself as a major annual forum for dialogue and for sharing experience, expertise and best practice on the environment. It brought together some 3,000 - 4,000 representatives from different levels of government, international institutions, business, non-governmental organisations and the scientific and academic communities.

ICLEI took part in the events exhibition and utilised the opportunity to promote its position on the issue of sustainable use of natural resources. One of the first visitors to the exhibition stand, which presented ICLEI's portfolio of innovative tools and approaches for addressing the issue of the sustainable use of natural resources within Local Governments, was Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas.

Videos of all conference sessions can be viewed on the Green Week web site, as well as pictures, speeches and presentations from the event.

For more information, visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/greenweek/



6. Apply now for the Sustainable Energy Europe Award Competition 2008!

Based on the success of the second edition, the Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) Award Competition 2008 is now officially launched. ICLEI and its Cities for Climate ProtectionTM (CCP) Campaign, respectively associate and partner of the SEE Campaign, encourage all local governments to become part of the Campaign.

Join as Official Partners before 31 October 2008 and you will be automatically entered into the Award Ceremony to be held in Brussels on 10 February 2009, during the 3rd edition of the European Sustainable Energy Week.

This annual Awards Competition is an integral part of the SEE Campaign, and provides the opportunity to highlight the successes of ambitious and innovative programmes or actions, and to reward outstanding Sustainable Energy Partners.

For more information, visit www.sustenergy.org or contact pr@sustenergy.org.



7. Great interest in EU Ecolabel at Procurement Solutions 2008

Procurement SolutionsOn behalf of the European Commission (EC), ICLEI successfully promoted the EU Ecolabel as a useful tool for Green Public Procurement (GPP) at Procurement Solutions, the UK's official government event for the public sector procurement community, held in London on 10-11 June this year.

Both at the stand and during the specialist seminars, hundreds of procurement decision-makers and practitioners received precise information on the use of the EU Ecolabel criteria in tendering processes to draw up specifications and award criteria. Information on the EC's GPP training toolkit was also provided.

ICLEI was not alone at the exhibition, having worked in co-operation with Defra, Aquados Ltd. and Sharp Ltd. as part of the project "Promotion of EU Ecolabel to public procurers", which aims at raising awareness and promoting the use of EU Ecolabel criteria in public procurement and throughout the supply chain.

For more information, contact Philipp Tepper at philipp.tepper@iclei.org.



8. ICLEI releases GHG Emissions Analysis Protocol

ICLEI is pleased to present Release Version 1.0 of the International Local Government Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Analysis Protocol.

This Protocol consists of the general principles and philosophy that any local government, regardless of location, should adhere to when inventorying GHGs from its internal operations and community as a whole.

Since November 2007 key peer organisations around the world have reviewed the International Protocol, as well as ICLEI member cities and stakeholders.

The Release Version will be active from May to August 2008, during which it may be updated in response to further comments (these can be sent to ghgprotocol@iclei.org).

For more information, visit www.iclei.org/index.php?id=8154



9. Europe's Water Vision launched

On 30 June 2008, the strategic discussion on the future of Europe's Water launched the Water Vision for Europe and the European Water Awareness and Water Stewardship Programmes "Aquawareness".

The European Water Partnership is an action-oriented open forum, including the European Parliament and European Water Partnership, for all stakeholders to exchange views, find solutions for the water challenges in wider Europe and to stimulate partnerships.

For more information, visit www.ewp.eu.



10. European Commission promotes EU town-twinning

As part of the "Europe for Citizens" Programme 2007 - 2013, the European Commission has published a new calendar for proposal deadlines as well as a programme guide, "Europe for Citizens", which supports four main types of actions, including activities linked to town-twinning.

This programme, open to all stakeholders promoting active European citizenship, supports a wide range of activities and organisations, especially the involvement of citizens and civil society organisations in the process of European integration.

The new calendar contains all deadlines for submission of applications for funding request until 2013. The program guide provides details about funding possibilities and application procedures.

For more information, visit http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.htm



11. Mobility Week 2008 - Clean Air for All

Mobility Week 2008From 16 to 22 September 2008, the European cities and towns will have the opportunity to participate to the 7th edition of the European Mobility Week, a widespread event dedicated to sustainable mobility. More than 2000 cities were involved in the 2007 edition of the campaign.

Every year, since 2002, the European Mobility Week gives the opportunity to initiate a wide range of activities and represents a platform for local authorities, organisations and associations to promote their existing policies, initiatives and best practices related to sustainable urban mobility.

The campaign coordination is based on a partnership between a core consortium comprised of Eurocities, Energie-Cités, Climate Alliance and the national coordinators, with the political support of the European Commission, DG Environment.

For more information, visit www.mobilityweek.eu.



12. Portugal National Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change

"Portugal in a Changing Climate - National Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change" was held on 23 June in Lisbon, Portugal. The main goal of this conference was to start a society-wide debate on adaptation to climate change. It helped to raise awareness and inform a wide range of public and private actors on the impacts of climate change in their respective sectors. It also alerted them to the need and urgency of mainstreaming adaptation in the planning and decision-making processes.

Endorsed by ICLEI, this conference was the starting point of a wider initiative - "...in a Changing Climate - National Initiative of Adaptation to Climate Change", promoted by Ecoprogresso, the Portuguese Environment Ministry and the British Embassy in Lisbon, and is to be followed by a cycle of twelve thematic workshops.

For more information, visit www.numclimaemmudanca.pt.



13. 5 June 2008 was World Environment Day!

Kick the HabitWorld Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates world-wide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

This year, the World Environment Day slogan was "Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy". Recognising that climate change is becoming the defining issue of our era, the United Nations Environment Programme is asking countries, companies and communities to focus on greenhouse gas emissions and how to reduce them.

The main publication on this occasion is 'Kick-the habit, a UN guide to climate neutrality', which addresses different target audiences, and also gives a very basic overview on what cities / towns can do.

For more information, visit www.unep.org/wed/2008/



14. New Internship opportunities at ICLEI office in Freiburg

New internships have become available at the ICLEI European Secretariat, based in Freiburg, Germany. The positions are with the Information Services, Climate & Air and Sustainable Procurement teams.

For more information, visit www.iclei-europe.org/index.php?id=jobs0



15. New events


1st SEMS Summer School &
3rd European Summer School on Renewable Motor Fuels
24 - 26 September 2008, Birkenfeld (Germany)


As part of the "Sustainable Energy Management Systems" (SEMS) project, funded through the FP6-CONCERTO initiative, a series of Summer Schools will take place over the next four years.

The first will be held from 24 - 26 September at the Environment-Campus in Birkenfeld, Germany and will focus on energy management systems in communities and their implementation. Numerous examples of sustainable communities and their activities will be presented.

This year, the SEMS Summer School is connected with the 3rd European Summer School on Renewable Motor Fuels. Different examples of biofuels, their chances and restrictions will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to the issue of sustainability and the role of biofuels in communities.

For more information, click here [PDF 512 KB] or contact Sabine Conrad at s.conrad@baumgroup.de


Second International Conference on Sustainable Tourism
Sustainability, Competitiveness and Identity in Tourism Destinations,
10 - 11 October 2008, Rimini Riviera (Italy)


The Second International Conference on Sustainable Tourism will focus on Sustainability, Competitiveness and Identity in Tourism Destinations. It will take place in Riviera di Rimini, Italy, from 27-29 November 2008, with ICLEI as event collaborator.


Urban Climate Solutions,
22 - 24 October 2008, Toronto (Canada)


Local governments around the world are demonstrating commitment in climate mitigation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and acting as leaders in their communities.  However, to be effective they cannot act alone.  They must engage with other sectors to broaden and deepen their impact.

Academic specialists are conducting leading edge research; business leaders are developing new technological solutions to mitigate climate change; and municipal decision-makers are putting these theories and applications into practice at the local level.  Urban Climate Solutions provides a venue for local governments from around the world to engage in dialogue with leaders from business and academia.

For more information, visit www.iclei.org/urbanclimatesolutions



16. Event reminders


World Water Week
17 - 23 August 2008, Stockholm (Sweden)



International Black Sea Energy Policy Conference
8 - 9 October 2008, Athens (Greece)



EU-Asia Waste Management Conference
29 - 30 October 2008, Perak (Malaysia)



8th International Congress for Planning and Environment
23-26 March 2009, Kaiserslautern (Germany)



7th Ecoprocura Conference
25 - 27 March 2009, Reykjavik (Iceland)



ICLEI World Congress
14 - 18 June 2009, Edmonton (Canada)



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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.

Comments and questions are welcome - please write to Lydie Gerboin at information.services@iclei.org, Leopoldring 3, 79098 Freiburg, Germany,Tel: +49-761/36 89 2-0, www.iclei-europe.org


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