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ICLEI & AMR sign agreement to help Romanian cities reduce CO2
Making cities more energy efficient and introducing renewable energy technologies are vital to curbing harmful emissions and creating more sustainable urban areas. To this end, ICLEI Europe and the Association of Romanian Municipalities (AMR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing both parties to a strategic alliance within the Intelligent Energy Europe co-financed SEAP-PLUS project.
ICLEI Europe will transfer know-how and technical knowledge to AMR on preparing, implementing and monitoring Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). ICLEI will also offer a tool for greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories preparation; training for Romanian municipalities on how to access and manage energy data; provide ideas for stakeholder involvement; and use their expertise to contribute when possible.
In response, AMR will disseminate lessons learned, helpful tools and appropriate methodologies from ICLEI; translate content into Romanian; indicate best practices in Romania; and introduce to others the role that ICLEI plays in the energy and climate debate as the representative of local governments at international level. Signed by Wolfgang Teubner, Executive Director of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, European Secretariat, and Tudor Pendiuc, President of AMR and Mayor of Piteşti Municipality, both parties have agreed to sustain their cooperation beyond the project's lifetime.
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Freiburg to increase number of cyclists through structural improvements
Aiming to improve on its already stellar reputation for sustainable mobility, Freiburg (Germany) has recently launched its “Cycling 2020 programme”, which will shape cycling in the city for years to come. Details of the programme have been outlined in an ICLEI case study, joining a collection of other sustainable development best practices from around the world.
The programme aims to make cycling safer and more attractive and thereby increase the number of people choosing cycling as a means of transport. This will be achieved by upgrading the road surface of existing cycling lanes, constructing new priority cycling lanes, and promoting cycling through marketing measures.
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Basel takes steps to reduce car traffic by 10 percent
ICLEI member Basel (Switzerland) is shaping its transport policy to reduce car traffic by 10 percent in 10 years – an ambitious goal agreed upon by the public through referendum. City leaders hope to achieve this target by encouraging commuters to switch to sustainable modes of transport. Efforts are buoyed by the city’s constitution, which prioritises public transport over cars, and by broad public support.
The geographical location of Basel – lying on the border with France and Germany – poses specific challenges for the city. To combat car traffic flowing over the border, the city has extended public transport lines into Germany, and is currently constructing transport lines into France.
Within the city, a mixture of pull measures, such as improving public transport, and push measures, such as allocating infrastructure away from cars towards bicycles or increasing parking fees, will be enacted. The city has tried to involve citizens as directly as possible in the process, holding a series of public meetings.
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