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 ICLEI in Europe News

   April 2011

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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!

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In this issue:

  1. ICLEI Member News
  2. Local Renewables 2011 conference to examine the role of sustainable buildings
  3. European Convention 2011 parallel session hosts confirmed
  4. Eighth Breakfast at Sustainability’s to see release of sustainable meeting guide
  5. ICLEI Deputy Secretary General addresses UNEP on behalf of local governments
  6. Registration for Smart Procurement conference now open
  7. Join Informed Cities on Facebook
  8. SESAC project concludes after six years
  9. U4Energy project promotes energy efficient behaviour amongst youngsters
  10. EPSA Awards working towards EU 2020 objectives
  11. Redesigned ELTIS web portal now available in eleven languages
  12. European Commission adopts plan to increase energy efficiency
  13. ICLEI members influence European water policy at World Water Day event
  14. Covenant of Mayors launches thematic discussion groups
  15. Registration opens for European Mobility Week 2011
  16. Conference to examine factors in renewable energy
  17. ENERGYCITY conference to focus on local energy issues
  18. Book of the month
  19. New events
  20. Event reminders



1. ICLEI Member News

Almada wins 2010 European Mobility Week Award

ICLEI Member Almada (Portugal) was named winner of the prestigious 2010 European Mobility Week (EMW) Award at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) on 14 March 2011. An independent jury of experts deemed Almada the winner for strongly promoting alternatives to the car, and innovatively highlighting the positive impact of other means of transport on public health and the environment during the week. Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik presented the award to the Portuguese city.

ICLEI member Riga (Latvia) and Murcia (Spain) were runners up in the competition. The jury assessed thirty applications and shortlisted ten local authorities before deciding on Almada as overall winner. The city, which is a member of the agenda+ Local Sustainability Leaders Network, enacted dozens of permanent measures during the week, such as improving road infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, and held a week of activities to promote sustainable transport as a means to improve health and well-being. For the required “Car Free Day” Almada converted the historic and commercial centre of Cacilhas into a pedestrian zone.

A record 2,221 European towns and cities officially participated in the 2010 EMW. The theme was ‘Travel Smarter, Live Better’, emphasising the benefits of active and sustainable mobility on citizens’ health and well-being. EMW 2011 will be held from 16 - 22 September and will focus on "Alternative Mobility".

For further information, click here.

Spanish Capital of Biodiversity 2010 to join ICLEI

Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, the Spanish Capital of Biodiversity 2010, is on its way to becoming an ICLEI member. ICLEI is looking forward to working with the Spanish city to improve its already impressive sustainable reputation. Mayor of Real Sitio de San Ildefonso, José Luis Vázquez Fernández said that by joining ICLEI the city is “helping to link local initiatives to international targets, and has the benefit of accessing all that being a member of an international organisation for sustainable development offers”.

The Capital of Biodiversity award is a competition which aims to find the best biodiversity management practices amongst local governments in five European countries: France, Spain, Slovakia, Germany and Hungary. Local governments in these countries can still apply for the 2011 edition of the competition.

Mayor Vázquez Fernández attributes Real Sitio de San Ildefonso’s success to its development model, “our municipality supports a development model based on the city’s multiple historical, environmental and cultural identities, which foster respect for the environment, create wealth and improve quality of life. This model has previously been awarded at international level with the Dubai Best Practices Award and the Europa Nostra Award 2010.”

For further information, click here.

Dublin publishes plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent

ICLEI member Dublin (Ireland) has published its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), which outlines measures that will be taken to achieve a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions over the next 20 years.

The report details how the city can reduce its energy consumption through greater efficiency in residential and commercial buildings, services, industry and transport, and also looks at ways of increasing the city’s share of renewable energy. The objectives stated in the city’s SEAP are to reduce expenditure on energy, CO2 emissions and the dependence on imported fuel. It will also make Dublin a more competitive and attractive destination for business through modern and efficient energy infrastructure and pricing and increase Dublin’s share of renewable and sustainable energy systems.

In addition to the environmental benefits, there should be major economic advantages for the city. Mayor of Dublin Eibhlin Byrne said “The creation of an energy-smart city will present huge opportunities for renewal and job creation. I believe that sustainable renovation and retrofitting will be key factors in stimulating future job growth.” Dublin is a signatory of the Covenant of Mayors, a commitment to go beyond the objectives of EU energy policy in terms of reduction in CO2 emissions.

For further information, click here.

Birmingham to develop innovative climate prediction technology

ICLEI member Birmingham (United Kingdom) is developing innovative climate prediction technologies, furthering its reputation as a world leader on climate change.

The city council and its Environmental Partnership plan to create a weather station and “Hi Temp” network of 250 sensors that will be used to better understand how the climate varies across the city during heat waves. The 2003 UK heat wave saw temperatures top 38.5 C, causing thousands of deaths across the country. The city has joined with the University of Birmingham and the West Midlands Climate Change Adaptation Partnership for the project and once complete Birmingham is expected to have the best climate dataset in the world. The improvements are part of the cities BUCCANEER - Birmingham Urban Climate Change and Neighbourhood Estimates of Environmental Risk – initiative.

Councillor Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said “The impact of climate change can already be seen in Birmingham with the average temperature increasing by 0.6 C over the last 30 years. Research suggests these could be average summer temperatures by 2040 as our climate continues to warm and extreme weather becomes more frequent and intense – so we need to understand how future weather events will affect people’s health and the city’s infrastructure.”

For further information, click here.



2. Local Renewables 2011 conference to examine the role of sustainable buildings

The fourth conference of the Local Renewables series will focus on “Green Buildings and the Future of Sustainable Urban Development”. Organised by ICLEI and hosted by the City of Freiburg (Germany) from 27-28 October 2011, the conference will look at the evolving role of renewable energy in sustainable buildings, both from a technological and city development point of view.

Buildings make up 40 percent of the energy used in the European Union and account for 36 percent of Europe’s CO2 emissions. Hence, the building sector plays a key role in combating climate change and offers local governments an excellent opportunity to meet their climate targets. The conference will examine the topic from various angles, ranging from policy making and financing, to the latest technological innovations. The challenges for new and existing buildings, private and public, as well as the issue of retrofitting of existing building stock, historical buildings and development of new zero emission districts will also be addressed.

The conference will bring together local and regional decision makers, representatives of the European institutions, urban planners, industry representatives, architects and business. The Local Renewables Conference 2011 is part of a series of events which started in 2007 and explores the different sources of local renewable solutions in order to promote sustainability at a regional and local level.

For further information, email lr2011@iclei.org.



3. European Convention 2011 parallel session hosts confirmed

Hosts for the ICLEI European Convention 2011 parallel sessions have been officially selected and include a mixture of ICLEI Members and European partners. The Convention will be held in Brussels (Belgium) from 12 – 14 September 2011 and is an opportunity for ICLEI Members to come together to tackle the most pressing sustainability issues facing their societies. A number of parallel sessions will be held during the conference, with a view to examine the transformations needed to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive cities.

These smaller theme-based discussions will take place on Tuesday 13 September and will look at innovative European local achievements. ICLEI members TURKU - Southwest Finland European Office, Basque Country in Brussels (which includes European Green Capital Vitoria Gasteiz), Aalborg – North Denmark EU Office, Freie Hansestadt Bremen Office and the City of Malmö EU Office have all confirmed as hosts. Other ICLEI European partner cities and regions hosting a session include Permanent Representation of Poland to EU, Ile-de-France Europe, Lazio Region EU Office and EU Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen – South Tyrol. ICLEI member Brussels Capital Region, one of the main conference supporters, will also host a parallel session.

Participants will be given the opportunity to visit each venue, breaking from the traditional one venue format. This innovative structure gives participants a greater insight into the structure of international local governance in Brussels. Complimentary lunch and coffee breaks will be provided by the hosts during the parallel sessions. ICLEI thanks all the hosts for making this important contribution to the European Convention 2011.

For further information, click here.



4. Eighth Breakfast at Sustainability’s to see release of sustainable meeting guide

Over 60,000 registered meetings and events take place in Brussels (Belgium) every year, the majority of which can be made more sustainable, however many organisers are unsure of how to do so because of a lack of information. On the 6 April the Breakfast at Sustainability’s (B@S) meeting will address this, focusing on how to organise sustainable meetings and events in the Belgian capital.

The conference is the eighth in ICLEI’s early morning sustainability series, and will see the release of a published guide titled “How to organise sustainable meetings & events in Brussels: A practical guide”. The twelve page guide has information on how the venue, the time, the food chosen, waste collection facilities available, transport options, accommodation and even the invitations used can all play a major part in the overall sustainability of an event. The Guide also points out that the greenest event is no event, and asks potential organisers to consider whether one is truly necessary, or whether it could be carried out as a virtual meeting via webinar. Benefits for organising a sustainable event are stated as a reduction in costs and resource use, an improvement in the overall image of the meeting and social benefits such as job creation, among others.

The B@S meetings follow the format of breakfast, a short address by an expert and a moderated interactive discussion, followed by a networking lunch. Speakers from the European Commission, ACR+ and the ICLEI Brussels Office will address the participants.

For further information, click here.



5. ICLEI Deputy Secretary General addresses UNEP on behalf of local governments

ICLEI participated in the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in February, attending as a representative of the interests of local governments. ICLEI Deputy Secretary General and Regional Director for Europe, Gino van Begin addressed the conference, held in Nairobi (Kenya), as the Local Authority Major Group Co-Facilitator.

In his two statements to the conference, Mr. Van Begin said that international organisations and national governments should move from “dialogue” with local authorities to a “partnership” structure, based on commitment and accountability. He talked about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, extract less natural resources and reduce social disparities within urban areas and also stressed the need for local governments to be involved in and support new green economic initiatives.

UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, directly acknowledged the work of ICLEI in his policy statement at the council meeting, stating "ICLEI is a contributor to the Green Economy initiative... Cities recognise the importance of economic vitality and of environmental health — but recognise too the importance of tackling social exclusion and social issues if urban areas are to flourish and prosper sustainably." The meeting, which was attended by many of the world’s environment ministers, is part of the road to Rio+20.

For further information, click here.



6. Registration for Smart Procurement conference now open

Registration for the Smart Procurement - Reducing Costs and Saving Energy conference, which will be held on 29 June 2011 in Brussels (Belgium), is now open. The conference will provide participants with hands on training, practical workshops on procurement and the opportunity to network with public sector policy makers, purchasers, sustainability managers and representatives from companies and EU institutions.

The event aims to explore the mutually beneficial relationship that exists between manufacturers and local governments in the production and procurement of low-carbon, energy efficient products. Many manufacturers are reluctant to invest in the development of innovative technologies because of concern over market size and levels of demand. Public authorities, however, require large quantities of products and have an onus to combat climate change through choosing sustainable goods. This large demand from public authorities can play an important role in the development of new sustainable technologies.

There is no registration fee, but prior registration is essential. Participants will also get to take part in the ninth edition of ICLEI’s early morning conference series “Breakfast at Sustainability’s”. The meeting will look at the latest policies from the European Parliament and Commission and their perspectives on how public purchasing can be used as an instrument for boosting innovation and sustainability.

For further information, click here.



7. Join Informed Cities on Facebook

The newly launched Informed Cities Facebook page aims to build a community of people interested in advancing local sustainability and turning knowledge into action. Stay up to date with latest news on local sustainability and interact with local government representatives and researchers from all over Europe.

Simply click the “Like” button and use this page to promote your achievements, invite people to the events you are organising or publicise your research results. With the second Informed Cities Forum coming up this autumn, it’s time to start networking!

The cities taking part in the explorative application of sustainability management tools (Local Evaluation 21 and Urban Ecosystem Europe) are invited to use this opportunity to exchange their experience and get hands-on support from the Informed Cities team.

To view the page, click here.



8. SESAC project concludes after six years

The European Commission funded project Sustainable Energy Systems in Advanced Cities (SESAC) has successfully concluded after six years. The project aimed to accelerate innovation in renewable energy solutions and reduce energy use through the construction of eco-buildings.

Seven European countries were involved in the project, with measures implemented in three core cities - ICLEI member Växjö (Sweden), Grenoble (France) and Delft (the Netherlands). In Växjö building standards were put in place to decrease energy use for heating and domestic hot water by 30 percent. In practice the reduction far surpassed the target figure, yielding a fall of 50 percent. The SESAC project also contributed to lowering electricity use in private households and helped grow Växjö as a community, a knowledge-centre and as a city. Today Växjö is said to be the “greenest city in Europe”.

The city of Delft established a cooperation deal on district heating between the Municipality, three housing corporations and the energy utility Eneco. Building energy performance has been improved in SESAC-developed areas through an increase in building regulations and through enacting innovative new measures, such as ventilation systems that recover heat.

For further information, click here.



9. U4Energy project promotes energy efficient behaviour amongst youngsters

ICLEI Europe has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U4Energy Initiative, and invites cities and towns to involve schools and the youth to help fight climate change. U4Energy aims to promote and increase energy efficient behaviour among European students in primary and secondary schools, as well as their teachers and communities.

Teenagers and younger children can learn how to reduce their impact on the environment, and actively contribute to tackling climate change. For teachers the U4Energy Initiative stresses that topics relating to energy responsible behaviour can be introduced in many aspects of the formal educational curriculum, from social and physical sciences to art. Educators and children can explore the U4energy portal for smart tips about energy efficiency. The portal also offers a gallery of resources and a “fun corner” with many energy related games.

To involve schools in the initiative, U4Energy launched three competitions: energy efficiency measures at school, best pedagogical actions to raise awareness on efficient energy use and best awareness raising campaign on energy efficiency. Entries must be submitted by 16 May 2011. U4Energy is co-funded by Intelligent Energy Europe programme, and was developed in the framework of the EU energy policy.

For further information, click here.



10. EPSA Awards working towards EU 2020 objectives

The European Public Sector Award (EPSA) 2011 is a unique European award for outstanding administrative performances across all levels of the public sector. Institutions are invited to submit their application(s) in one of the three themes: Smart Public Service Delivery in a Cold Economic Climate, Opening Up the Public Sector through Collaborative Governance and Going Green: Concrete Solutions from the Public Sector.

EPSA is working to contribute to the progress and implementation of the Lisbon Strategy and its successor, EU 2020: A European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Therefore it corresponds with the ICLEI European Convention 2011, which will act as a forum to discuss the implementation of Europe-wide sustainability measures in cities focusing on the EU 2020 Strategy and its seven flagship initiatives.

The Convention runs in Brussels (Belgium) from 12-14 September 2011 and will see ICLEI members, other European Cities and European Institutions engage in high level discussions, share knowledge and gain insightful views from experts and pioneer cities’ innovative solutions. The deadline for entries for the EPSA awards is 13 April 2011 and the best projects will be invited to the final event and awards ceremony from 15-17 November 2011 in Maastricht (Netherlands).

For further information, click here.



11. Redesigned ELTIS web portal now available in eleven languages

The European Commission’s ELTIS web portal has been completely redesigned and is now available in eleven languages. The new-look site is aimed at European professionals working in the fields of urban transport, environment, energy and health and facilitates the exchange of information and good practice on urban mobility in Europe.

ELTIS provides hundreds of case studies and news items from across the continent, and now provides information on EU funding, updates on EU legislation and policy, downloadable video case studies, a free image library, a listing of training opportunities and a helpdesk. ELTIS gives users the opportunity to upload their own news stories, case studies, and events to share with the online community. The site is available in Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish.

The ELTIS portal already attracts more than 150,000 hits per month and is financed by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy-Europe programme. It is managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI).

For further information, click here.



12. European Commission adopts plan to increase energy efficiency

The European Commission has adopted a plan to save energy through increasing Europe-wide energy efficiency. The Commission claims the plans will “transform [Europeans'] daily lives” and generate savings of up to €1000 per household per year. The Commission also says that the new measures have the potential to create up to two million jobs and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 740 million tonnes.

The Action Plan proposes several new measures including requiring public authorities to refurbish at least 3 percent of their buildings every year, introducing energy efficiency criteria in public procurement, the roll-out of smart grids and smart meters providing consumers with the information and services necessary to optimise their energy consumption, the improvement of the efficiency of power and heat generation and the implementation of energy efficiency requirements for industrial equipment.

The new plan is an effort to meet the standards laid out in the EU’s Europe 2020 plan. Recent Commission estimates suggest the EU will achieve only half of the 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency it aims for by 2020 unless changes are made. The Commission will monitor the implementation of the Action Plan and translate these actions into a legislative proposal in the coming months. Europe wide sustainable energy actions will be one of the topics discussed at the ICLEI European Convention 2011, examining the best methods to achieve sustainable energy.

For further information, click here.



13. ICLEI members influence European water policy at World Water Day event

Over 100 participants attended the ICLEI organised event ‘European Cities for Water: How cities can contribute to safeguarding Europe’s water resources’ at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels (Belgium) on 22 March 2011, to mark World Water Day. The event identified the synergies between European water policies and water management at the local level and brought together speakers representing the European Parliament Intergroup on Water, the European Commission and ICLEI member cities Rome (Italy), Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) and Brussels Capital Region.

Reflecting on the European Commission's current revision of European water policy, which includes the development of a 'Blueprint to safeguard Europe's water resources', the cities outlined the water management initiatives, plans and solutions they have successfully implemented, and drew attention to the barriers that restrict them from doing more. The event was organised by ICLEI under the patronage of the Intergroup on Water of the European Parliament and supported by the European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services (EUREAU), Water supply and sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) and the Committee of the Regions.

Also on World Water Day, Margaret Pageler, Member of the ICLEI Executive Committee, represented the local government perspective at the Water and Cities Debate, which took place as part of the main global event in Cape Town (South Africa).

For further information, contact water@iclei.org



14. Covenant of Mayors launches thematic discussion groups

The Covenant of Mayors Office is launching its "Thematic Discussion Groups", a new concept designed to help signatories and Supporting Structures share best practices and experiences in innovative and interactive ways. These discussions will take the form of conferences, workshops and webinars. The Covenant of Mayors (CoM) is a voluntary agreement signed by towns and cities to go beyond the carbon reduction targets set by the EU, through increased energy efficiency, supported by the Energy for Mayors project.

On 14 April the CoM is holding three discussion groups in Brussels (Belgium). ICLEI is a Supporting Structure to CoM, and helps those cities and towns which do not have sufficient resources to draft and implement their own sustainable action plan, providing strategic, financial and technical support. Maryke van Staden, ICLEI's European CCP Coordinator, will present the ENERGY FOR MAYORS' Toolbox of Methodologies for Supporting Structures during the “Covenant of Mayors Regions, Provinces and Networks - Key to Success” session.

Other presentations taking place will focus on small and medium sized municipalities, and large cities and agglomerations. The discussion groups take place during the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week, which runs from 11 – 15 April.

For further information, click here.



15. Registration opens for European Mobility Week 2011

Registration for European Mobility Week (EMW) 2011 is open. The event will be held from 16 – 22 September and is the most widespread event on sustainable mobility in Europe. The theme of the 2011 week is “alternative mobility”. To register local authorities must submit two documents: the European Charter and the online registration form. Registered cities will be published in the “participating” section of the EMW website and will then be able to update their programme of activities via the partners section.

The week aims to create awareness of the need to act against pollution caused by the increase in motorised traffic. Cities are expected to educate citizens on public transport, walking, and cycling options and are encouraged to invest in sustainable transport infrastructure in order to facilitate a move away from private vehicle use.

An award scheme is also run, and to enter local authorities must fulfil EMW criteria, consisting of three steps: organise a week of activities, implement at least one new permanent measure and organise an “In Town Without My Car!” event. Past winners include ICLEI members Almada (Portugal), Budapest (Hungary), Koprivnica (Croatia), Copenhagen (Denmark), Nantes (France) and Ferrara (Italy).

For further information, click here.



16. Conference to examine factors in renewable energy

The conference “Changing the Energy System to Renewable Energy Self-Sufficiency (RESS) – An inter- and transdisciplinary approach”, has launched its last call for academic paper submissions. Those interested must register and submit their proposal by 15 April 2011, and can do so here. The conference aims to attract scientists and academic practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines who share an interest in studying the change of energy systems to renewable energies.

The international conference will be held in ICLEI member Freiburg (Germany) from 15 – 16 September 2011, and will examine how regions can successfully make the transformation to sustainable energy with a view to energy self sufficiency. The conference will look at the ecological, economic, technical, and social factors that must be considered in establishing this.

The conference is hosted by the Renewable Energy Regions (EE-Regionen) project in cooperation with the Centre for Renewable Energy (ZEE, University of Freiburg), the University of Hohenheim and the Institute for Ecological Economy Research. It is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany.

For further information, click here.



17. ENERGYCITY conference to focus on local energy issues

ENERGYCITY, the International Conference on Sustainable Energy Action Plans, will be held in Murcia (Spain) from 7 – 8 April 2011, addressing key issues for local energy developments. The conference aims to highlight the environmental, economic and social impact of energy planning at the local level and showcase opportunities for the civil service and private companies to reduce energy consumption and current expenditure, whilst improving quality of life, promoting the responsible stewardship of the environment, and creating new business opportunities.

Metropolitan areas are increasingly important to energy planning, and the success of the Covenant of Mayors, signed by more than 2,000 European cities and towns, represents the growing desire to save energy at the local level. Confirmed high-level speakers include President of the Region of Murcia and Vice-president of the Committee of the Regions, Mr. Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, as well as the President of the Committee of the Regions, Mrs. Mercedes Bresso.

ICLEI Europe will also share its experiences on sustainable procurement and energy, with Maryke van Staden, ICLEI’s Covenant of Mayors contact person, to explore several practical examples in the programme, highlighting the Procura+ Campaign and ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection Campaign as two practical frameworks supporting local governments. The official languages of the event are Spanish and English.

For further information, click here.



18. Book of the month


Building for a Changing Climate - The Challenge for Construction, Planning and Energy


There is growing contention that the global impacts predicted in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report 2007 are grossly underestimating the adverse consequences of climate change. This publication encourages local governments to take pro-active initiatives to protect their cities from a worst-case scenario climate change disaster. Governments are in a position to affect fundamental structural changes through incentives and regulations.

Also considering the threat to energy security, the book examines the cost and benefits of sustainable and climate change resilient building construction and renewable energy sources. With city case studies and reports on new renewable technologies, this book illustrates the advantages of pursuing innovative design and cost-effectiveness in terms of energy savings and a higher quality of living.

P. Smith, Earthscan, 2010, ISBN-978-1-84407-735-9



19. New events


CIVITAS Forum conference to be held in October

The annual CIVITAS Forum conference will be held from 17 – 19 October 2011 in the city of Funchal (Portugal), and will discuss key factors in successfully realising sustainable urban mobility. High level representatives of the European Commission will share information on policy and programme initiatives, and will exchange views and ideas with local politicians, mobility practitioners, academics, and non-governmental organisations.

The conference will also bring together city representatives and experts in the field of sustainable mobility. Eight “Technical Sessions” will be held, to facilitate the exchange of experience and know-how among urban mobility practitioners, and to review the progress of CIVITAS initiatives. There will also be eight “Roundtable” discussions, which will explore and develop ideas for the future of European urban transport and of the CIVITAS Initiative and Network.

The 2011 conference will be the ninth annual conference since the start of the series in 2003. The event has previously been hosted by ICLEI Member cities Malmö (Sweden), Bologna (Italy) and Rotterdam (Netherlands), and by Krakow (Poland), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Burgos (Spain). The CIVITAS Forum Network currently includes 194 cities from 31 European countries, that have formally committed to clean and sustainable urban transport.

For further information, click here.


Conference to promote offshore wind farming in Bremen

ICLEI member Bremen (Germany) is leading the way in using offshore wind energy to generate revenue for the local economy, and is hosting a conference on the subject from 11 – 12 April 2011. The event will bring together both private and public representatives from the North Sea Region (NSR) Programme and offshore wind communities to exchange, debate and network. The conference’s aim is to foster innovative cooperation.

The event is divided into two thematic sections. The first module will focus on the investment opportunities in offshore wind farms, with those who have experience in the field addressing participants. The second will focus on the benefits of offshore wind farming, outlining the ways in which coastal communities and the port industry in particular can take advantage of these benefits. A study visit to interesting sites in the Bremen port area will conclude the conference, taking in areas in which offshore wind farms are being successfully utilised.

The conference is organised by Deutsche WindGuard, on behalf of the POWER cluster project partners: The Senator for Environment, Construction, Transport and European Affairs in Bremen and the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation. The conference will be in German.

For further information, click here.



20. Event reminders



SMART Procurement – Reducing Costs and Saving Energy
29 June 2011, Brussels (Belgium)



Stockholm World Water Week
21 – 28 August 2011, Stockholm (Sweden)



ICLEI European Convention
12 – 14 September 2011, Brussels (Belgium)


Changing the Energy System to Renewable Energy Self-Sufficiency (RESS)
15 – 16 September 2011, Freiburg (Germany)



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