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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
Basel - leading the way on solar power
While some cantons offer no support for solar installations, Basel offers up to 5,478 CHF for a 7m2 solar array on the roof of a one-family house. For an array of 25m2 on the roof of an apartment building, the canton offers 13,650 CHF, which amounts to around 45% of the costs of a solar water heating system.
The WWF study examined and evaluated 6 indicators in total, among them subsidies, approval processes and tax breaks.
For more information, click here [in German].
2. Defending biodiversity through the Durban Commitment
Political representatives from 21 cities around the world met in Durban (South Africa) from 8-10 September 2008 on the occasion of the 2nd International Local Action for Biodiversity Workshop to sign the Durban Commitment, a commitment for local governments and the communities they serve to protect and enhance biodiversity at the local level.
3. Final Bicycle Policy Audit Conference
Tartu (Estonia) hosted the final conference of the Bicycle Policy Audit (BYPAD) project, of which ICLEI is a partner, on 18-19 September 2008.
The conference aimed at illustrating the results and experiences of using the BYPAD-tool during the past 9 years. Representatives from local and regional authorities that have implemented BYPAD, presented their cycling policies and exchanged their experiences.
BYPAD is an instrument for the evaluation of local and regional cycling policy and improvement of its quality. With support from the European Commission, it has become not only a European quality standard for cycling policy but also a vital European network, with more than 100 cities and regions in 20 European countries committed to evaluate and improve their cycling policy.
For more information, visit BYPAD website.
4. European Mobility Week - Clean air for all
From 16 – 22 September, the celebration of European Mobility Week took place in hundreds of European cities.
Among the topics of particular concern for European citizens, air quality played a primary role. Therefore, the central theme of the 2008 edition "Clean air for ". Commissioner for the Environment Stavros Dimas made it clear that public awareness of alternative transport options needs to be raised to contribute to a more sustainable future for our cities and a better quality of life for those who live in them.
The European Mobility Week, having reached its seventh edition, is the most widespread event on sustainable mobility. It aims at encouraging local authorities to move towards sustainable modes of transport to improve air quality at the local level, and citizens to think about changing their day-to-day mobility behaviour to cut CO2 emissions.
For more information, visit www.mobilityweek.eu.
5. 23 September 2008 was Earth Overshoot Day!
23 September was Earth Overshoot Day, the day humanity had used all the resources nature will generate this year, according to data from Global Footprint Network, a research organisation that measures how much nature we have, how much we use and who uses what.
For more information, visit www.footprintnetwork.org/overshoot.
6. 12th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production, 23 - 25 September 2008, Berlin (Germany)
ICLEI member city Berlin (Germany) hosted the 12th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (erscp2008), a three-day international conference addressing actors from politics, science, and industry and services.
The conference was part of the 5th Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - Forum for Sustainability 2008. In about 40 sessions and workshops, more than 400 international participants discussed about the state of the art in research, the collaboration between politics, science and research communities as well as future research priorities.
For more information, visit www.fona.de/de/6067.
7. News from EcoProcura Conference 2009
The EcoProcura 2009 conference “Climate Neutral through Procurement”, which will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 25-27 March 2008, is now welcoming contribution proposals in different sessions of its comprehensive programme.
For more information, visit www.iclei.org/ecoprocura2009.
8. Latest European Circular now online!
The new European Circular, Summer 2008 is available to download from the ICLEI website here.
To download the new European Circular, please click here [PDF 1.5KB].
9. Stay informed on biofuels!
If you want to be informed on the latest news and events on biofuels, don´t miss the Biofuel Cities Update. The latest edition, October 2008 is now available for download here.
Among the major activities and initiatives promoted by the Biofuel Cities Partnership this last month, we announce the publication of a Technical Guidance on biofuels and their applications. The guide is specifically thought for organisations and people interested in starting to use biofuels, but who lack the relevant knowledge on which to base their decision.
Moreover, in the Biofuel Cities website, registered participants can also access the second version of the Biofuel Cities report "who-is-who-and-where" in the biofuels field. The report, to be implemented in 2009, lists persons and organisations active in the field of biofuels for transport within Europe and, as a result, represents a useful reference for contacts and colleagues.
10. Towards the proclamation of the European Green Capitals 2010 and 2011
On 1 October 2008, the application process for the European Green Capital Award will be complete. Cities that have submitted their applications will be considered by an evaluation panel, which will evaluate ten areas, including efforts to tackle climate change, transport and local mobility, availability of green areas, quality of air, noise pollution, waste and water management, sustainable management of local authorities and sustainable land use.
11. EU – Asia Waste Management Conference: up-to-date programme online
ICLEI wishes to remind all actors and stakeholders involved in waste management in Asia and Europe not to miss the EU-Asia Solid Waste Management Conference, that will take place on 28 – 30 October in Perak (Malaysia).
12. New vacancies at ICLEI´s office in Bonn (Germany)
ICLEI is currently seeking personnel for its new programme office in Bonn (Germany).
For more information on ICLEI vacancies and on how to apply, visit the Jobs page.
13. New events
OPEN DAYS - European Week of Regions and Cities, 6 - 9 October 2008, Brussels (Belgium)
The 2008 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities OPEN DAYS, the most important annual gathering of EU, regional and local policy-makers and experts, is taking place from 6 - 9 October in Brussels (Belgium). This years programme is titled "Regions and cities in a challenging world" and is composed of 142 sessions in Brussels, in the shape of workshops, debates and seminars, as well as around 230 events at the local level.
The event focuses mainly on promoting research, technological development and innovation at a regional level; analysing regional responses to climate change; exchanging best practices in regional development; defining a European cohesion policy for the future.
The OPEN DAYS are aimed at EU and regional policy-makers, experts and representatives of banking, business and civil society groups. Participation is free of charge.
For more information, visit www.opendays.europa.eu.
International Conference on "Organic Waste in Urban Environments - New European Challenges", 20 - 21 November 2008, Brussels (Belgium)
The Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource management (ACR+) and Bruxelles Environnement will hold an International Conference on "Organic Waste in Urban Environments" on 20 - 21 November 2008 in Brussels (Belgium). The event is organised in collaboration with ICLEI, the Committee of the Regions and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.The initiative follows the agreement on the new Waste Framework- Directive, voted by the European Parliament on 17 June 2008, which sets out a number of new waste rules for Member States, and encourages them to organise the separate collection of organic waste.
The conference aims at promoting information exchange on how to implement the new European rules and to foster the debate at European level. Special attention will be given to the definition of concrete actions for waste prevention and recycling.
For more information, visit www.acrplus.org/conf_organic_waste.
14. Event reminders
International Black Sea Energy Policy Conference
Geneva Climate Roadmap Strategy Symposium
EU-Asia Solid Waste Management Conference
1st Mediterranean Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
2nd International Conference on Sustainable Tourism
8th International Congress for Planning and Environment
23-26 March 2009, Kaiserslautern (Germany)
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, Gloria Spezzano.
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