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 ICLEI in Europe News

   January 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!

You can also read these news articles and find more information on the topics at www.iclei-europe.org.

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In this issue:

  1. ICLEI Member News
  2. Turkey leading by example as host of the 7th Breakfast at Sustainability's
  3. TRAILBLAZER newsletter takes off
  4. New issue of Informed Cities Update on linking research and sustainability
  5. Latest CIVITAS newsletter released
  6. Report into the role of cities in sustainable growth
  7. Keep up to date with the latest news on sustainable procurement
  8. CoR calls for greater involvement for regional authorities
  9. EnSURE project launches newsletter
  10. New events
  11. Event reminders



1. ICLEI Member News

London launches hydrogen bus route

ICLEI member city London (United Kingdom), has taken a big step towards achieving a sustainable urban transport system by launching its first permanent hydrogen bus.

Trials involving three hydrogen buses took place between 2003 and 2007. The largest hydrogen refuelling station in the UK has also been opened in London. The capital city’s hydrogen buses are seen as a stepping stone to implementing the technology across the country.

The buses contain batteries that can store electricity generated by hydrogen fuel cells, as well as energy generated during the braking process. Plans are in place to roll out seven more hydrogen buses by mid-2011, all along the same RV1 route – which takes in Covent Garden, the Tower of London and the South Bank. The City of London aims to cut carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2025, currently 22 percent of carbon emissions is generated by road transport.

For further information, click here.


Helsinki ups its eco-efficiency in 2011

District cooling equipment in the cave housing the Uspenski data centre. Photo: Jakke Nikkarinen/Helsingin EnergiaFinnish capital city and ICLEI member Helsinki is introducing a new eco-efficient data centre to build on the city’s impressive reputation for sustainable development. The city is already home to the world’s most eco-efficient data centre, which will now be replicated in the new centre to operate on the same principle.

The Suvilahti data centre, scheduled for completion in August 2011, will be built in a former electrical station. In the new data centre concept, the servers are cooled by district cooling with the help of heat pumps. The heat produced by the servers, which would normally be wasted, is piped via a heat pump into Helsinki’s district heating network to heat buildings and domestic water. The heat produced by the Suvilahti data centre will be enough to heat up to 2,000 single family houses.

Construction on a new wooden housing block in the city’s Viikki district, dedicated to ecological building and lifestyles, will also begin in 2011. The new block will be one of Finland’s largest wooden housing projects to date, comprising of six multi-storey buildings with a total of 113 rental housing units. The current project is in line with Helsinki’s goals to advance ecological building practices, and forms a part of a city programme to develop multi-storey housing solutions in Helsinki.

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Craigavon food scheme wins award

ICLEI member Craigavon Borough Council (United Kingdom) has won the Ireland Gold award at this year's Green Apple Awards for their innovative Love Food Hate Waste campaign. The Green Apple Awards are presented annually in London and aim to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice.

The Northern Irish city's Love Food Hate Waste campaign stood out for its inventive ways of helping local residents reduce food waste in their home, which included enrolling the services of local celebrity chef Jenny Bristow to demonstrate how leftovers can make delicious, inventive dishes.

Vice-Chair of the Environmental Services Committee Councillor Carla Lockhart attended the ceremony in the House of Commons and explained the motivation behind the scheme, “The average Craigavon family throws away almost £600 worth of good food every year, which has a huge impact on their pockets and on the environment through the energy used in producing and transporting the food. The council wanted to implement this campaign to encourage residents to reduce their waste and save hundreds of pounds in the process”.

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2. Turkey leading by example as host of the 7th Breakfast at Sustainability's

Produce at a famer's market Image: Flickr Natalie MaynorThe latest instalment of the Breakfast at Sustainability's series, titled Sustainable Urban Food Supply, centered around sustainable food supply in the framework of European agricultural policies, urban-rural linkages, urban agriculture, farmer’s markets and food security.

Following the welcoming of HE Mr Kuneralp, Ambassador of the Turkish Embassy, Hannes Lorenzen, Greens/EFA adviser on agriculture and rural development called upon Turkey not to repeat the mistakes of EU policies, most notably in the framework of hygiene rules, and instead, to preserve the richest seed biodiversity in Europe. He also underlined the strong support of Agricultural Commissioner Ciolo  for local markets.Dr. Inci Sieber from the City Council of Munich told the 50 participants about the GMO-free Biostadt Munich which runs its own agricultural farms, combines organic food supply with pedagogy in schools and kindergardens.

Victor Ananias, chairman of the Turkish Bugday Association, who presented together with Zeynep Öz, daughter of the Mayor of the soon-to-be ICLEI Member Kartal (Istanbul municipality), emphasised the importance of constantly controlling the prices at markets. Claudio Baffioni showcased why Rome is the European Capital when it comes to sustainable food supply and urban-rural linkages.The next meeting in the series will most likely be on sustainable events & meetings and take place around March/April 2011. If your organisation in Brussels is interested in hosting an event, please contact peter.defranceschi@iclei.org.

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3. TRAILBLAZER newsletter takes off

Trailblazer LogoThe first edition of the TRAILBLAZER newsletter has been released. The bi-annual electronic newsletter provides information on developments in the field of Delivery and Servicing Plans (DSPs) and urban freight transport. Readers can find out how to implement policies to reduce energy use and costs and increase efficiencies through procurement, deliveries and freight transport.

TRAILBLAZER (TRansport And Innovation Logistics By Local Authorities with a Zest for Efficiency and Realisation) is a new project that will run until June 2013. To sign up for the newsletter or to receive more information on opportunities to participate in the TRAILBLAZER project contact secretariat@trailblazer.eu.

Open to all stakeholders in the area of urban freight transport, TRAILBLAZER offers access to an online information and exchange portal; workshops; news, publications and tools. Those interested in getting involved in the project can apply to join the Public and Private User Group. Apply today by completing and returning the questionnaire form, and receive financial assistance to attend the Launch Conference and First DSP Workshop in Sutton, UK on 27-28 January 2011.

For further information, click here.



4. New issue of Informed Cities Update on linking research and sustainability

The Informed Cities Update, the quarterly e-newsletter of the Informed Cities initiative, brings you the latest from the intersection of research and local policy-making for sustainable development. The eNewsletter is a chance to find out more about the ongoing EU wide assessment of local sustainability, upcoming initiatives that bring together cities and researchers and tools available to improve your sustainability management.

With the Informed Cities initiative reaching its mid-term mark, there is a lot going on – EU-wide assessment of local sustainability, Implementation Workshops around Europe and the invitation to host Informed Cities Forum 2011. In addition, this edition lists upcoming initiatives relevant for both local governments and urban researchers – a study collecting global Local Agenda 21 experience in preparation for the Rio+20 and the new project on behavioural change for sustainability.

This issue’s featured tools, LAKS-CCP GHG inventory tool for local governments and SMART SPP LCC and CO2 emissions calculation tool for public procurers, both available in a number of European languages, are useful for those interested in local sustainability processes.

For further information, click here.



5. Latest CIVITAS newsletter released

The latest issue of MOVE, the CIVITAS Initiative’s quarterly newsletter, has been released and charts the many measures being implemented in CIVITAS cities, funding opportunities from the European Commission and upcoming events.

This instalment is the sixth edition of MOVE and features articles on overcoming urban freight challenges in Utrecht (Netherlands) and the Tyne and Wear freight transport conference (United Kingdom), as well as a profile of Szczecinek (Poland).

MOVE also catches up on the latest developments within the European Commission and explores funding opportunities that cities can take advantage of. The CIVITAS Initiative aims to generate a decisive breakthrough by supporting and evaluating the implementation of ambitious integrated sustainable urban transport strategies. To receive MOVE, subscribe here.

For more information, contact secretariat@civitas.eu.



6. Report into the role of cities in sustainable growth

A new report has been released that explores the role of local and regional authorities in achieving sustainable growth after the Lisbon Strategy.

The report commissioned by the Committee of the Regions to Ecologic Institute, ICLEI and REC, investigates the potential role of regional and local authorities in a new, post-Lisbon strategy for sustainable growth and better jobs. The study considers the potential of a future European strategy's compatibility with principles of environmental sustainability and social cohesion. It also sheds light on the role of cities and regions in achieving this objective.

The second part of the study analyses the opportunities for cities and regions to cooperate in the development and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). Eight communities from different European countries were analysed in detail, including ICLEI members Burgas (Bulgaria) and the Province of Siena (Italy).

To view the report, click here. [PDF 1.68mb]



7. Keep up to date with the latest in sustainable procurement

Procura Plus logoThe lead article of the latest Sustainable Procurement Update focuses on green public procurement in Germany, including the questions and answers that arose from a series of 20 training sessions, attended by over 200 public sector employees, mostly from local authorities across Germany.

This edition also contains reports from the Procura+ Seminar in ICLEI member Helsinki (Finland), as well as a report on upcoming procurement activities in fellow ICLEI member London (United Kingdom). The Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign is an initiative designed to help support public authorities across Europe in implementing Sustainable Procurement and help promote their achievements.

The latest quarterly update on Procura+, the European Sustainable Procurement Campaign and ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement activities in Europe, was released in December. To subscribe to the newsletter, contact procurement@iclei.org

For further information, click here.



8. CoR calls for greater involvement for regional authorities

Nicola Beer, State Secretary for European Affairs, Ministry for Justice, Integration and European AffairsThe Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called for a ‘bottom up’ solution to climate change. The CoR warned that any efforts to address climate change will fail until local and regional authorities are given a greater role. The CoR’s document, an opinion on international climate change policy, was adopted in Brussels on 1 December 2010.

German politician Nicola Beer, who represents the Hessen regional government in the CoR, prepared the document, “A top-down approach that ignores sub-national authorities will do nothing to advance the cause of climate action.”

The document lays out an approach and set of policy recommendations for the European Union and its member states, to help them approach the challenge of dealing with climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The CoR is consulted on all proposals that could have impacts at local and/or regional level across a wide range of policy areas including regional, employment, social, environmental and transport policies.

For further information, click here.



9. EnSURE project launches newsletter

The end of 2010 sees the beginning of a new venture for the EnSURE project, which has just released the very first issue of their newsletter. The newsletter is co-ordinated by ICLEI member city Ludwigsburg (Germany) on behalf of the organisation’s 13 international members.

This first edition looks back at the EnSURE kick off meeting, the preparation for the handbook, which is close to completion and will soon be published on the project’s website, and also looks ahead to EnSURE’s next steps in 2011, which include joint transnational concept for energy efficient urban development.

EnSURE aims to enhance the energy efficiency of urban structures through an integrated approach. The EnSURE acronym stands for Energy Savings in Urban Quarters through Rehabilitation and New Ways of Energy Supply.

For further information, click here.



10. New events


Future of Cities conference set for London


The Future of Cities: Centres of Innovation for Urban Solutions conference will be held from 28 February - 1 March 2011 at Chatham House, in ICLEI member city London (United Kingdom). The world’s fast-growing urban areas face major and multiple challenges - economic, climate, resources, infrastructure, and demographics.

This event will focus on whether cities can lead recovery through low carbon growth. The conference will also attempt to answer a number of related questions - do cities have the powers they need to meet the challenges they face? Do national government policies on the economy, energy, transport and migration align with cities’ needs? If not, should decision making powers be redistributed? As well as this, the conference will address whether cities can take the lead on green growth, and what fiscal and financial powers cities should have.

For further information, click here.


Bonn prepares for Resilient Cities 2011

Resilient Cities 2011, the second world congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, will take place on 3-5 June 2011 in ICLEI member Bonn (Germany), preceding the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Talks. Larger than the 2010 congress, Resilient Cities 2011 will be the global platform for learning, cooperation and networking on all aspects of urban resilience.

There will be a renewed emphasis on policy development, practical implementation strategies and financing adaptation. As in 2010, the programme will include presentations, panels, workshops and posters. Guests are invited to present their work in the field of urban adaptation and be part of the global forum programme, or to host a complementary event alongside Resilient Cities 2011.

The event presents a great opportunity for companies to encounter new markets and opportunities and to showcase the solutions they offer as a producer of new technologies, provider of software, developer of plans or as an expert in the field. The Mayors Adaptation Forum 2011 (MAF) is convened by the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, in collaboration with the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and ICLEI. It forms part of the Mayors segment of Resilient Cities 2011. 

For further information, click here.



11. Event reminders



The Future of Cities: Centres of Innovation for Urban Solutions
28 Feburary – 1 March 2011, London (United Kingdom)


Resilient Cities 2011, 2nd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change
3 – 5 June 2011, Bonn (Germany)



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


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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. Editor: Sean Carroll, Ailish O'Donoghue (responsible).

Comments and questions are welcome - please write to Sean Carroll 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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