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

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  1. Member news
  2. High-level dialogue aims to turn Rio+20 outcomes into actions
  3. National & local governments working closer on climate actions
  4. Chinese Vice-Minister of Environment visits ICLEI Brussels Office
  5. Resilient Cities 2013 explores answers to the challenges of climate change
  6. Open European Day recognises the role of cities in adapting to climate change
  7. Chair and Vice-Chairs chosen to lead Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign
  8. GPP 2020 project on low-carbon procurement kicks off in Freiburg
  9. Convergence Paris gathers innovative people, technologies and ideas
  10. Procurement solutions to meet needs of aging population
  11. Knowledge and experiences gathered in LOWCAP policy recommendations
  12. Events news
  13. Events calendar

1. ICLEI Member News

Website presents two different visions of Bristol in 2050

The City of Bristol (United Kingdom) has developed an online, interactive vision of what their city could look like in 2050. "Future Bristol: Low Carbon 2050" presents two hypothetical scenarios, each featuring a different mix of low carbon measures, technology and infrastructure. The innovative website is the brainchild of Dr. Rose Bailey, who developed the site in conjunction with Bristol City Council and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.

Dr. Bailey’s research aimed to explore how the Bristol city region might achieve its 2050 carbon reduction target of 80 percent. “The aim [of the site] is to engage and raise awareness about what a low carbon future means for the city, and find out how the Bristol public feel about two different potential futures: which features are desirable and which we want to avoid.” said Dr. Bailey. The site has already won several awards and feeds into Bristol’s bid to be crowned European Green Capital 2015.

For more information, click here.

Only green events get official thumbs up in Rome

A new policy passed by the City of Rome (Italy) states that all events held in the Italian capital must now follow the city’s 2012 green events guidelines in order to be eligible for official endorsement. This remarkable move, the first of its kind in the country, seeks to improve the sustainability of the hundreds of events held in the city each year.

The Rome events guidelines, based on the publication Sustainable Events Guide: Give your large event a small footprint co-produced by  ICLEI, UNEP, UNON, and IAMLADP, covers how to plan, organise and carry out events so as to both minimise negative environmental and social impacts and leave a positive legacy for the local community. Methods to analyse emissions, reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) and compensate for inevitable emissions are outlined, as well as ways to minimise the use and consumption of natural resources such as water and energy.

To view the guide, click here.

2. High-level dialogue aims to turn Rio+20 outcomes into actions

At Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, it was accepted that greening transportation is vital to improving urban sustainability and combating climate change. To turn these ideals into action, a High-level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport will be held in Berlin (Germany) from 19 – 20 June 2013.

The dialogue is a chance for national and regional stakeholders, experts and decision makers to come together and exchange information. The event will highlight proven sustainable urban planning and transport policies and measures, identify best practices, and facilitate exchange of information and experiences. The programme for the event is available online.

The event will coincide with the 2013 Global Forum on Human Settlements and Awards Ceremony, which will recognise and honour the best examples of global sustainable cities in the fields of architecture, design, transportation, and more. The prestigious awards are issued by the Global Forum on Human Settlements, supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

For more information, click here.

3. National & local governments working closer on climate actions

National governments from both developed and developing countries expressed greater eagerness to collaborate with local governments in combating climate challenges at the UN climate talks held in Bonn (Germany) from 29 April – 3 May 2013. ICLEI welcomes this positive step towards raising the global level of ambition.

The role of local governments were emphasised during the “ADP Workstream-2 Workshop”, which focused on ways to increase global ambition in addressing climate change before 2020. “The positive spirit in the workshop proves that the messages to integrate local and subnational governments in global climate actions are now well received by the majority of national governments from both developed and developing countries.” said Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General.

For more information, click here.

4. Chinese Vice-Minister of Environment visits ICLEI Brussels Office

A high-level delegation from China paid a visit to the ICLEI Brussels office as part of a European study tour on behalf of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. The study tour took place in the frame of the project "Sustainable Consumption and Green Development" led by Xu Qinghua, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Collaboration Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP).

Apart from learning about ICLEI, the visit to the Brussels Office saw a presentation on sustainable public procurement, in particular on sustainable food procurement and urban food systems. Afterwards, the ICLEI Brussels team accompanied the delegation to an urban gardening project on the rooftop of the Royal Library of Belgium. Following a tour by the project manager Filippo Dattola from "le début des haricots", Serge Kempeneers of the Brussels Environment Administration gave an overview of the green space projects of the Brussels Capital Region. The information provided during the tour will feed into a report with recommendations to the Chinese State Council, which ICLEI will contribute to.

For more information, click here.

5. Resilient Cities 2013 explores answers to the challenges of climate change

Resilient Cities 2013 – the 4th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, which took place in Bonn (Germany) from 31 May – 2 June, found applying integrated solutions to be crucial to reducing urban areas’ vulnerabilities to climate change. At the forum, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change (WMCCC) signed the 2013 Bonn Declaration of Mayors, while eleven mayors signed the Durban Adaptation Charter, committing to adapt to climate change.

The forum saw 528 participants, in which there were 117 local government representatives from 60 cities. Highlights include a discussion led by Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies on the City of New York's (USA) preparedness and reaction to hurricane sandy; an exploration of ways in which cities can increase their food self-sufficiency; and a look at financing models for resilience. Running since 2009, the Resilience Cities series connects local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss urban adaptation challenges.

For more information, click here.

6. Open European Day recognises the role of cities in adapting to climate change

The destructive impacts of climate change are a threat to the stability and prosperity of our cities. Flooding, drought, storms and other forms of extreme weather are increasing – urgent action is required by local governments to make their cities resilient to these occurrences. To discuss urban adaptation options, around 150 representatives from European cities, the European Commission (EC), research organisations, international organisations, and business gathered in Bonn (Germany) on 3 June 2013 at the First Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities, coinciding with the final conference of the DG CLIMA funded EU Cities Adapt project. Attendees were welcomed by Ronan Dantec, Municipal Councillor from the City of Nantes, (France), and Humberto Delgado-Rosa, Director of DG Clima.

During the conference, interactive debates focused on urban adaption in the areas of adaptation strategies, knowledge management and governance and financing.  The event also gave cities the opportunity to exchange with peers from across Europe and voice their needs and experiences with adaptation directly to the European level. Participation and achievements of the 21 pioneer cities in the EU Cities Adapt project were officially recognised at the event, with Humberto Delgado-Rosa presenting representatives with a certificate signed by European Commissioner for Climate Change Connie Hedegaard. The certificate acknowledged the cities’ role in adapting to climate change and in inspiring others to do the same. Photos from the event can be viewed online.

For more information, click here.

7. Chair and Vice-Chairs chosen to lead Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign

A panel of international experts has been chosen to head ICLEI’s Procura+ Campaign, Europe’s foremost campaign to encourage sustainable procurement at the local level. The three candidates were chosen based on their commitment in the field of sustainable public procurement and will lead the campaign from 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2015. Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki (Finland), returns as Chair. Mercè Rius I Serra, Deputy President for Environment of the Province of Barcelona (Spain), was appointed Vice Chair, along with Deputy Mayor of the City of Malmö (Sweden) Lari Pitkä-Kangas.

Speaking on his role, Sauri said: "Public spending represents almost one fifth of GDP in the European Union - clearly, responsible public procurement represents a tremendous opportunity, not only to make our societies more sustainable, but also to ensure social justice and fair treatment. I'm delighted to be reappointed chair of the Procura+ Campaign, and look forward to continuing to support its work in mainstreaming sustainable public procurement across Europe and encouraging exchange amongst public authorities.”

For more information, click here.

8. GPP 2020 project on low-carbon procurement kicks off in Freiburg

Harmonising EU-wide Green Public Procurement (GPP) approaches, reducing CO2 emissions through GPP and providing effective tools to help procurers incorporate energy-efficiency criteria into their GPP work are three of the major aims of the newly begun “GPP 2020”, an Intelligent Energy Europe funded project which kicked off in Freiburg (Germany) on 7 – 8 May 2013. The project hopes to use GPP as a means to help European countries reach the Europe 2020 targets.

The consortium taking part in the project consists of major purchasing bodies and national support bodies, including nongovernmental organisations and research centres. It is directly targeted at staff responsible for procurement within eight European countries: Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

To explore becoming an associate partner in the project, contact procurement@iclei.org.

9. Convergence Paris gathers innovative people, technologies & ideas

Convergence Paris, which takes place from 26 – 27 June 2013 in the French capital, will bring together business innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to illuminate the opportunities for radical efficiencies created through technology advancements in energy, IT, buildings, and transportation. Registration is now open and ICLEI members are eligible for a 40 percent discount through using the code CP13ICLEI.

Of particular interest to ICLEI members is the keynote panel “Future Cities”, which will explore how disparate groups such as business, local governments and academia can work together to enable the development of products and services fit for cities as they move into the future. The session will also address key challenges facing cities including climate change, changes in population, congestion and pressure on resources. The event is organised by GreenBiz.com and is sponsored by the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

For more information, click here.

10. Procurement solutions to meet needs of aging population

Demographic change in Europe presents new challenges in how we care for an increasingly aged population. The EU-funded HAPPI (Healthy Ageing - Public Procurement of Innovations) project aims to identify innovations which aid seniors, by putting in place procurement contracts that benefit healthcare organisations, hospital staff, the elderly and their families.

Industry professionals will be informed about the project and key events, including information days to be held in major European cities from September 2013, starting in London (United Kingdom). The website also provides manufacturers, suppliers and healthcare organisations with detailed information on the project, its objectives, milestones and members. Additionally, it allows manufacturers and suppliers to register their interest and receive updates.

From September 2013, suppliers and manufacturers will be able to access an online platform via the HAPPI website where they will have the opportunity to confidentially submit information on their innovative solutions for caring for an ageing society. The HAPPI project is also on twitter - follow the project at www.twitter.com/HAPPI_Project.

For more information, click here.

11. Knowledge and experiences gathered in LOWCAP policy recommendations

Taking an integrated planning approach, increasing support for low energy and low carbon building designs, and taking the time to explore new technologies are among the recommendations for policy makers in the recently published LOWCAP project policy recommendations. LOWCAP, a cluster project that aims to deliver a common approach to carbon reduction and energy efficiency within the North Sea Region, has gathered the knowledge and experiences from four Interreg projects, analysing and compiling their outcomes.

“The LOWCAP project has been extremely valuable not only for the North Sea Region but for the EU as a whole... LOWCAP is a great example of member states and regions working together and sharing their experiences and knowledge to work towards a common goal and these policy recommendations are the fruit of this worthwhile collaboration.” said Alyn Smith, MEP.

Interested stakeholders have the opportunity to comment on the policy recommendations through an online form. All comments will be taken into account during the ongoing discussion process.

For more information, click here.

12. Events news


Cultural heritage and energy efficiency seminar to focus on market ready solutions


Mindful of the need to improve the resilience of our vulnerable historic buildings, which are a major part of Europe’s cultural heritage and bring thousands of tourists to the continent every year, 3ENCULT will hold a seminar in Brussels (Belgium) offering practical guidance and advice to local governments and other owners and managers of historic buildings. The seminar, which takes place on 28 June 2013, during EU Sustainable Energy Week, will focus on identifying market ready technical solutions, outlining how these can be used in a protected environment.

Although each historic building is unique, some commonalities have allowed experts to outline potential approaches, which will be explored at the event. An update on market ready solutions for preservation, as well as a variety of innovative energy efficient and renewable energy options applicable to both historic buildings and protected monuments will be shared. The event is co-organised by ICLEI Europe as a Covenant Supporter within the Covenant of Mayors, with 3ENCULT project partners.

For more information, contact giorgia.rambelli@iclei.org


EUSEW workshop to offer experience and support on Sustainable Energy Action Plan


The workshop "Local leadership in sustainable energy", taking place during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 27 June 2013 in Brussels (Belgium), will facilitate the exchange of experience between local and regional governments in developing and implementing sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs).  The event will also bring to light the various support mechanisms available to cities to aid with their SEAP implementation and monitoring, and look at ways to overcome barriers.

Five projects financed under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, will present good practices and practical guidance on designing and executing SEAPs, including tools such as the Covenant capaCITY Online Training Platform. New opportunities for funding will also be examined.

For more information, click here.


13. Events calendar


LOWCAP and Energy Vision North Sea Region final conference
26 June 2013, Brussels (Belgium)


European Mobility Week
16 – 22 September 2013, various locations


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


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


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


Convergence Paris
26 - 27 June 2013, Paris (France)


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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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