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ICLEI in Europe News
January 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. Member News
  2. Training workshops on adaptation build capacity among European cities
  3. Rediscover the power of community in Berlin this summer
  4. Europe-wide experience gathered for sustainable energy newsletter
  5. Project to help public authorities comply to clean vehicles legislation
  6. EU competition aims to boost European economy through social innovation
  7. Events news
  8. Event calendar

1. ICLEI Member News

Sustainable measures produce awards, recognition for ICLEI members

The sustainable efforts of ICLEI members have resulted in slew of awards and praise in the past months, as high-level bodies applaud local governments’ actions at European award ceremonies. Organisations from the European Commission to UNESCO have handed symbolic trophies to local governments for feats ranging from education to water management.

Bristol City Council (United Kingdom) was given the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Award in the category of best large public organisation for its water management and water efficiency measures. The English city retrofitted schools with more water efficient equipment and took steps to ensure public parks were less water intensive.

The German city of Heidelberg was named by UNESCO as “City of the Year 2012/2013”, the title bestowed for the city’s commitment to sustainable education. Heidelberg specifically focused on imparting the sustainable development message to children and young people. The award came in the context of the UN’s “World Decade of Education for Sustainable Development”.

At national level, ICLEI Europe host-city Freiburg (Germany) was lauded as Germany’s most sustainable city at the German Sustainability Awards. The City of Augsburg (Germany) was runner-up to Freiburg and in the category of medium-sized cities, ICLEI member Ludwigsburg (Germany) made it into the top three.

Each of the winning ICLEI members exhibited a commitment to sustainability and showed that tight-budgets and austerity measures were not necessarily a barrier to developing a more sustainable future.

2.Training workshops on adaptation build capacity among European cities

The ICLEI-led EU Cities Adapt project has completed the first round of training workshops, held to better prepare cities for the demands of implementing an urban adaptation programme. The events were hosted by cities that are already advanced in the field of climate adaptation, namely Rotterdam (Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland) and Dresden (Germany). Many cities would like to start implementing adaptation measures but are missing support and guidance.

Examples from the more advanced cities, which incorporated site visits, proved to be particularly valuable. Each city received an individual assessment of their organisational response to climate change and makes suggestions for improvement. Based on these insights and guided by the integrated management system tool, participants worked towards an adaptation strategy for a virtual city and practiced securing political commitment through role plays.

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3. Rediscover the power of community in Berlin this summer

Local government and community representatives, researchers and other actors interested in exploring how we can move towards stronger communities and more resilient societies will meet in ICLEI member Berlin (Germany) from 6 - 7 June for the Informed Cities Forum 2013 & InContext Final Conference.

The conference, titled "How to create space for change? Rediscovering the power of community", will take place in the heart of the German capital, the city that has come to symbolise change and urban transformation in Europe. The event will be an interactive space for developing, shaping and exchanging ideas. To join in the creative process, or to ask specific questions, suggest initiatives or introduce new working methods get in touch.

Your ideas can help make this event more inspiring and further rooted in the personal experience of its participants. The conference is free of charge and limited funds are available for travel reimbursement. Registration will open in February 2013.

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4. Europe-wide experience gathered for sustainable energy newsletter

Five projects have combined to inform public authorities of the latest sustainable energy actions and approaches, drawing on their diverse knowledge of the energy, socio-economic, environmental and political challenges facing local governments across Europe. One newsletter will be produced, available in 16 European languages, with contributions taken from over 60 European local authorities from 21 countries.

The projects involved are Leadership for energy action and planning (LEAP), cities exchanging on local energy leadership (CASCADE) and CONURBANT, Covenant capaCITY and Rural Web Energy Learning Network for Action (eReNeT). Each project is funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme.

The projects support the Covenant of Mayors, the biggest European movement involving local and regional authorities committed to increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use in their territories.

For more information, click here.

5. Project to help public authorities comply to clean vehicles legislation

The EC Clean Vehicles Directive is now national law in every EU Member State. To help with the implementation process, the Clean Fleets Project is offering support to affected organisations, including modular training, opportunities for information exchange and tailored advice on tendering.

Those who wish to go further than compliance can find information on innovative ways to purchase or lease clean and energy-efficient vehicles. An online discussion forum will be created and materials such as case studies, guidance and tools will be developed – along with regular newsletters.

To learn more, sign up for future news or register interest to receive free support, respond to the call for interest. The Clean Fleets Project is funded by Europe IEE.

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6. EU competition aims to boost European economy through social innovation

Mindful of the millions of Europeans out of work or underemployed, the European Commission launched a European Social Innovation competition to combat joblessness. The competition offered a prize to social innovations that have a real impact on helping people move towards work or into new types of work. The three best proposals will each be awarded €20,000 at a ceremony in May 2013.

Potential target groups for proposals included unemployed or disadvantaged people, young people out of school or finished studies looking for a job or willing to set up their own businesses, elderly people and many others. The competition encouraged not only the creation of new markets, but also the expansion of current markets, such as green economy activities.  

As part of the success criteria, it was necessary that the ideas put forward could be sustained, and would continue to have a significant positive impact over several years. Entries are currently being assessed, with a shortlist to be finalised by March. The competition will offer strong mentoring and networking support to shortlisted entries. A second prize competition will be launched in 2014.

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7. Events news

More speakers confirmed for the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns,
17-19 April 2013 - Geneva, Switzerland

City leaders who have overseen the development of some of the world’s most sustainable urban areas will share their experiences at the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns - A green and socially responsible economy: a solution in times of crisis?

Ronan Dantec, Municipal Councillor of the City of Nantes (France), 2013 European Green Capital, will show participants how cities can embark upon sustainable opportunities in times of crises. The City of Dunkerque will be represented by its Former Minister of State, Senator-Mayor and Former President and Member of the Committee of the Regions, Michel Delebarre, who will outline the potential that local governments have as drivers of economic, environmental and social development. Minister Evelyne Huytebroeck of Brussels Capital Region (Belgium), Mayor Michel Destot of Grenoble (France), as well as Deputy Mayors Alexandra van Huffelen of Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Pekka Sauri of Helsinki (Finland) are also among the confirmed local government speakers.

Saskia Sassen, renowned sociologist noted for her analyses of globalisation, will address the economic relevance of cities, as well as their increasing importance in environmental policies. Plenary and interactive break-out sessions at the conference will address over 30 topics ranging from sustainable procurement to community-led local development to zero carbon communities. Participants will also have the opportunity to join a workshop on-site and explore the latest developments on urban sustainability in the Geneva area. Registration is open and essential to ensuring a place at the conference. Those who register now can avail of the early bird registration fee.

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RECS Market Meeting 2013

The RECS Market Meeting, taking place from 20 – 21 March 2013 in ICLEI Member Berlin (Germany), will give participants a full picture of the current market for renewable electricity in Europe. Participants will receive first-hand information about recent developments in the wholesale market and about regulations affecting the European and German renewable electricity market.

A special German pre-conference workshop ‘Wie funktionieren Zertifikatesyteme?’ will take place on 19 March 2013. This workshop is intended for people who are interested in joining, or have recently become engaged in the renewable electricity market. This includes representatives of companies who wish to purchase certificates directly on the market, as well as suppliers interested in learning how to guarantee that they deliver genuine green electricity.

ICLEI Europe contacts can benefit from the special supporting association fee. The early bird fee will expire on 25 January 2013. Register online for this event.

For more information, click here.

Trailblazer Final conference to evaluate DSP measures

The TRAILBLAZER Final conference will be held on 25 April 2013 in the City of Prague (Czech Republic) and will demonstrate the practical use of Delivery and Servicing Plans (DSPs) to reduce energy used in the final stages of the supply chain.

The conference, organised by ICLEI, Centrum Dopravního Výzkumu (Transport Research Centre) and Transport & Travel Research, will also include the launch of the Delivery and Servicing Plan toolkit, the complete guide to implementing a DSP.

An evaluation of the measures implemented by the PATHFINDERS will be presented to show the energy-savings that can be achieved through implementing DSP measures. Register online for this event or contact

For more information, click here.

8. Event calendar

InContext: Drivers, passengers or bystanders?
29 – 31 January 2013, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

RECS Market Meeting 2013
20 – 21 March 2013, Berlin (Germany)

7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns
17 – 19 April 2013, Geneva (Switzerland)

Informed Cities Forum 2013 & InContext Final Conference
6 - 7 June 2013, Berlin (Germany)

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

Local Renewables Freiburg 2013 Conference
24 - 25 October 2013, Freiburg im Breisgau (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).

Comments and questions are welcome - please write to Sean Carroll at, Leopoldring 3, 79098 Freiburg, Germany,Tel: +49-761/36 89 2-0,

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