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ICLEI in Europe News
August 2013

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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  1. ICLEI Member News
  2. Introducing the PPI Platform
  3. ICLEI joins council of sustainable procurement leaders
  4. SOLUTIONS invites cities to share sustainable urban transport knowledge
  5. URBIS provides searchable database of biodiversity case studies
  6. Indian & European cities to trade experience at sustainable development summit
  7. Events calendar

1. ICLEI Member News

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

To view the case study, click here.

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.

For  more information, click here.

2. Introducing the PPI Platform

With Europe’s economy facing serious challenges with regard to growth and competitiveness, the imperative to find innovative and sustainable solutions to stimulate the market is higher than ever before. Procurement is a powerful tool to do so. Recognising this, ICLEI has developed the Procurement of Innovation Platform, a new online hub that helps public authorities, procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders harness the power of Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) and Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP). Custom-made to meet users' needs, the Procurement of Innovation Platform is comprised of three elements: Website, Procurement Forum, and Resource Centre.

The website is the first port of call for all things PPI and PCP related. It contains the latest news on PPI and PCP developments and events, as well as background information on the European legal framework, policy support, and more. The Procurement Forum is a space for procurers and related stakeholders to discuss, share and connect, allowing them to post comments and upload documents, images or videos. Users can also create private groups, which are ideal for developing and coordinating projects involving numerous partners.

The Resource Centre provides a centralised database for PPI guidance, gathering useful documents in one place. Resources include national and European policy and strategy documents, tools, good practice case studies, details of projects and initiatives, as well as reports and valuable links on innovation and procurement. The platform has been developed with support from the European Commission, and in partnership with PIANOo – the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, REC – the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe and IWT – the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology.

For more information or to sign up to the Platform, click here.

3. ICLEI joins council of sustainable procurement leaders

ICLEI has partnered with the new Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation, which aims to solve the biggest obstacle to sustainable institutional purchasing: a lack of standardisation in how sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded. Comprised of leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organisations and NGOs, the council provides a space in which sustainable procurement leaders can come together to discuss overcoming such challenges.

“By providing organisations with credible guidance and a leadership recognition programme that rewards them for choosing sustainable solutions, we will empower institutional purchasing to lead the transformation of our economies." said Jason Pearson, executive director of the SPLC.

For more information, click here.

4. SOLUTIONS invites cities to share sustainable urban transport knowledge

Focusing on facilitating knowledge exchange on innovative, green urban transport, the new European project “SOLUTIONS” is calling on cities from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean to take part. Participants can get involved either as “leading cities” who share their expertise, “take-up cities” who commit to enacting new measures, or “training” cities who participate in knowledge sharing and capacity building workshops.

To achieve its aims, the project will bring together leading experts and city networks who will aid local leaders to implement sustainable and innovative mobility solutions. A number of thematic topics will be addressed by the project including solutions in public transport; integrated planning and sustainable urban mobility plans; network and mobility management; and clean vehicles. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2013.

For more information, click here.

5. URBIS provides searchable database of biodiversity case studies

A new website launched by the Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS) - a global alliance of partners encouraging biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources - provides an online resource platform on sustainable urban development and effective biodiversity management.

Users can view publications, guidelines and case studies from around the world, searchable by location, Aichi Target, and more. To join URBIS, cities must submit at least one case study, detailing their work on biodiversity conservation within sustainable urban development. URBIS members include ICLEI members Barcelona (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Cascais (Portugal) and Auckland (New Zealand), among others. The website is still in its soft-launch phase, with certain content gaps, but will be continuously improving. Those who wish to join the initiative can do so by filling out this online form.

To view the website, click here.

6. Indian & European cities to trade experience at sustainable development summit

As the population of India’s urban areas continues to rise, cities are heavily investing in new infrastructure to meet the needs of inhabitants. This boom in construction has seen a desire by Indian city planners to learn more about best practices in the field of sustainable development, offering unique partnership opportunities for European cities, regions and their stakeholders.

To discuss this further, local European leaders are invited to attend the Committee of the Regions supported 6th EuroIndia Summit on “Greening Cities” from 21-23 October 2013 in Hyderabad (India). Fully supported by the Government of India, the event will also bring together academic, scientific and professional stakeholders who wish to engage with their Indian counterparts on sustainable urban development.

For more information, click here.

7. Events calendar

EcoMobility Congress 2013
1 – 4 September 2013, Suwon (South Korea)

European Mobility Week
16 – 22 September 2013, various locations

3ENCULT Study Tour: Historic buildings renovation in Bolzano and Innsbruck
19 September 2013, Bolzano (Italy)

EcoCity World Summit
25 – 27 September 2013, Nantes (France)

3ENCULT Workshop: Protect historic buildings saving energy
1 October 2013, Krakow (Poland)

RFSC Conference 2013: Towards a European Model of a Sustainable City
9 October 2013, Brussels (Belgium)

6th EuroIndia Summit on "Greening cities" and European Mission in India
16 – 23 October 2013, Hyderabad (India)

Covenant capaCITY @ Local Renewables
23 - 25 October 2013, Freiburg (Germany)

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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, Ciara Leonard (responsible).

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