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ICLEI in Europe News
July 2013 www.iclei-europe.org

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. Search underway for European Green Capital 2016
  3. Agreement reached on 7th EU Environment Action Programme to 2020
  4. RFSC conference 2013 looks towards a European model of a sustainable city
  5. How to create space for change? Rediscovering the power of community
  6. TRAILBLAZER Final Conference showcases success stories
  7. Events calendar

1. ICLEI Member News

Berlin conference encourages cities to pursue a more sustainable future

Inspiring oration mixed with real-world examples of sustainable solutions left participants at the Berlin High-Level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Transport with a renewed sense of motivation and vigour, reported those present. The conference, held with the 2013 Global Forum on Human Settlements, aimed to provide a platform for stakeholders to share policies, initiatives and experiences in promoting sustainable urban development.

An award ceremony recognising urban areas committed to sustainable development saw ICLEI member Oeiras (Portugal) beat off intense competition to be crowned "Global Green City". This year’s award presentation was supported by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

For more information, click here.

Bristol announced as European Green Capital 2015

The City of Bristol (UK) has been crowned European Green Capital 2015. The award was presented by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik at a ceremony in Nantes (France), which currently holds the title. Bristol received recognition for its investment plans in the areas of transport and energy, and for its commitment to act as a role model for the green economy in Europe and beyond. Its communication and social media strategy were also highlighted as a real call to action for its citizens.

Commissioner Potočnik said: "Congratulations to Bristol for the example they are setting. We have much to learn from these efforts to improve the environment and quality of life for citizens, whilst creating new business opportunities, and I look forward to their year as European Green Capital." The European Green Capital Award is an annual event to encourage cities to improve quality of life by systematically taking the environment into account in urban planning and management.

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ICLEI members take home prestigious energy awards

Winners of the Sustainable Energy Europe (SEE) and the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Awards - given to the best projects in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources - were announced at a ceremony hosted by Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy on 24 June in Brussels (Belgium).

ICLEI member Bremen (Germany) took home the award in the category of transport for its exemplary car-sharing strategy, while fellow member Koprivnica (Croatia) won the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award for its project "The Bold New Face of Koprivnica", in which it set new standards for energy efficiency in buildings. The EURONET 50/50 project, in which the Province of Barcelona (Spain) is heavily involved, aims to raise awareness on energy use in schools. It was awarded in the category of "learning". Each ambitious project was chosen from a total of 224 entries from across Europe.

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Rooftop farm in Dublin sees locals grow their own food

Amid the concrete, traffic and red-brick towers of Dublin City Centre (Ireland), one may not expect to find an organic farm complete with fish, bees and fowl. But that is exactly what has been created, with the city's first "urban farm" sitting atop the Chocolate Factory building. The project is part of the urban agriculture movement, which contributes to food safety through utilising urban areas for food production.

As well as providing healthy food, the project also aims to engender greater community engagement. Local sustainable organisations are given access to the farm to train communities in growing food, with students invited to improve their horticultural skills through maintaining the garden. Community events are also hosted at the site, such as workshops on responsible food production, energy-saving systems, and ecological cycles. Members can contribute either financially or physically, and in return receive a selection of fresh produce.

For more information, click here.

2. Search underway for European Green Capital 2016

Following the announcement of Bristol (UK) as European Green Capital 2015, the European Commission is inviting cities to apply for the 2016 title. The European Green Capital Award recognises cities that are at the forefront of environmentally-friendly urban living. For the first time, cities across Europe with 100,000 or more inhabitants can apply for the title (previously only cities with a population of 200,000 or more were eligible).

European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: “The European Green Capital Award showcases local efforts to improve the urban environment and promote sustainable growth. As we launch the competition for the seventh European Green Capital, for 2016, I would like to encourage smaller cities to apply and to use this as an opportunity to review and highlight their environmental achievements and plan a sustainable future for their citizens.” The deadline for applications for the 2016 title is 17 October 2013. The winner will be announced in June 2014.

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3. Agreement reached on 7th EU Environment Action Programme to 2020

EU economic activity and environmental concerns will be more closely linked under the new Environment Action programme, which was recently agreed upon by the European Parliament. One of the legislative priorities for the Irish presidency of the EU, the agreement sets out the objectives for EU environment policy to 2020, and will guide and drive actions in advancing resource efficiency, the green economy and the environmental agenda.

Under the agreement, titled "Living well, within the limits of our planet", cities will be provided greater support to achieve sustainability. A framework will be set out to transition Europe towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon and environmentally-friendly economy, in which natural capital is protected and enhanced, and citizens’ health and well-being are safeguarded. The EU’s capacity to meet regional and global environment and climate challenges will also be strengthened.

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4. RFSC conference 2013 looks towards a European model of a sustainable city

Every European city is concerned with economic development, social inclusion, its impact on the environment and building effective institutions, but how can we ensure that local projects, activities and strategies are not pursuing one goal while neglecting others? The Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) seeks to address this, offering a set of practical online tools that will help cities advance towards integrated sustainable urban development.

The RFSC Conference 2013 “Towards a European Model of a Sustainable City”, taking place on 9 October 2013 in Brussels (Belgium), will offer practical solutions for the local level, as well as encourage an exchange of experience between European cities. High level speakers include EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, French Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing Cécile Duflot, and Harald Herrmann of the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development.

Participants will find out more about training and networking opportunities, foster new partnerships with forward thinking experts and practitioners from across Europe, and discuss the role of local and regional actors within the EU 2014-2020 strategy. The event is free of charge and translation is available into several EU languages.  As places are limited, early registration is advised. The RFSC is a joint initiative of the Member States (led by France), the European Commission and European organisations of local governments. RFSC updates are available on Facebook or by following @rfsc.eu on Twitter.

For more information, contact events@rfsc.eu or click here.

5. How to create space for change? Rediscovering the power of community

The InContext Final Conference & Informed Cities Forum 2013 brought together over 120 participants from more than 20 countries, all with a belief that better places, stronger communities and resilient societies are within our reach if we work together. Taking place in Berlin (Germany), the programme started with a reminder of how powerful bottom-up action can be, and continued with a debate on the power of community.

The afternoon focused on the roles of different actors in making change happen. Initiatives and approaches discussed include a community climate adaptation plan in London (UK), and participatory energy planning in Barcelona (Spain). The following day opened with a presentation from the InContext project, which outlined three community arenas held in Rotterdam (Netherlands), Wolfhagen (Germany) and Finkenstein (Austria). The insights drawn from this were then presented to a panel of local policy makers and experts, in the form of a provocative question, “How to govern a city where everyone is a decision maker?”

The panel, consisting of Mads Uldall (City of Copenhagen, Denmark), Carles Agustí i Hernández (City of Barcelona, Spain), Eva Maria Sköld (City of Malmö, Sweden) and Prof. Anna Davies (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) agreed that working with bottom-up initiatives is far from easy, but the rewards to be reaped, such as broader citizen engagement, better definition of problems and out-of-the-box solutions, make it a goal worth pursuing.

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6. TRAILBLAZER Final Conference showcases success stories

The TRAILBLAZER project (Transport and Innovation Logistics by Local Authorities with a Zest for Efficiency and Realisation) attained its goal to achieve a reduction in energy used in urban freight transport through promoting Delivery and Servicing Plans (DSPs), key strategy documents outlining how an organisation will deal with its need to generate freight transport efficiently, safely and in a sustainable way.

To learn more about how municipalities and businesses achieved such impressive results, delegates from across Europe attended the TRAILBLAZER Final Conference in Prague (Czech Republic) in April 2013. The DSPs implemented by the municipalities of Eskilstuna (Sweden), Växjö (Sweden), Vercelli (Italy) and Zagreb (Croatia) all attained energy savings.

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7. Events calendar


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


European Mobility Week
16 – 22 September 2013, various locations


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


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


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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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