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ICLEI in Europe News
August 2014

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    1. ICLEI Member News
    2. Updated framework for harmonised emission reporting seeks user feedback
    3. Earth Hour City Challenge: will your city inspire the World?
    4. European Green Capital Award invites applications for 2017
    5. Citizen sustainability bloggers wanted for the ARTS project
    6. Nominations open for 2015 Sustainable Transport Award
    7. CIVITAS Activity Fund offers financial support for better urban mobility
    8. PASTA project provides a healthy take on transport planning
    9. Reducing the cost of climate change adaptation in cities
    10. Event News
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      1. ICLEI Member News

      Walking buses in Siena teach children to travel more sustainably

      ICLEI member Siena (Italy) will soon see more children on the streets after the City Council approved a motion to develop walking buses for the daily school run. The Pietina scheme will run along a pre-determined route with set stops for children to join the group, known as the walking crocodile. A network of adult volunteers is being put together to accompany the children, made up of families, teachers and public officials.

      The walking bus is a safe, non-polluting and sustainable transport alternative to cars and buses. City councillor Massimiliano Bruttini, who proposed the motion, said: "In a healthy city it is particularly important to focus on new generations - not only in terms of environmental protection but also education. Through the implementation of awareness-raising activities a sense of belonging to the same environment can be achieved."

      For more information, click here [in Italian].

      Helsinki aims to develop 'mobility on demand' by 2025

      Within ten years, private cars could be a thing of the past in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. Realising that young Finns are increasingly less likely to want to own and operate private cars, the ICLEI member city is planning a transition away from personal car ownership to a system where information on and use of public transport is immediately available to all users.

      Since 2013, Helsinki has been experimenting with a pilot programme called Kutsuplus, a minibus that can be booked for personalised journeys. The Kutsuplus pilot provides a model for a system where all means of transport can be booked and paid for online using smartphones. The idea is to provide options that compete with private cars on cost, convenience, and environmental impact, delivering a comprehensive door-to-door transport network.

      For more information, click here.

      Impressive emissions reductions achieved in Barcelona

      In a document published in July, Barcelona province (Spain) reported an 11 percent reduction in energy consumption and a 24 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per inhabitant from 2005 to 2012. The biggest reduction in energy consumption was in the transport sector, with a 5 percent decrease over the seven years. CO2 emissions in this sector also dropped by 14 percent, contributing to a 19 percent overall decrease in the province.

      As well as being a member of ICLEI, the Province of Barcelona is a Covenant of Mayors Coordinator. To date, 210 of the municipalities in the region have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors, committing themselves to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources on their territories. These figures show the positive impact that developing and implementing a sustainable energy action plan (SEAP) can have.

      For more information, click here.

      2. Updated framework for harmonised emission reporting seeks user feedback

      The draft second version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC 2.0) is seeking user feedback. City officials, practitioners and technical experts in the fields of energy, transportation, waste management, agriculture and forestry, are invited to comment until 18 August 2014.

      Jointly developed by ICLEI, WRI, C40 with additional collaboration from the World Bank, UNEP, and UN-HABITAT, the GPC harmonises emissions measurement and reporting processes. This helps cities to develop better climate action plans and equips them to make a credible case for accessing local and international climate financing. Its introduction in 2012 marked an unprecedented international consensus on greenhouse gas accounting and emissions reporting.

      The GPC also aids cities using the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR), the world’s largest reporting platform on climate actions and commitments. To comment on the new GPC draft 2.0, please use the GPC Review Template or provide track-changes in the Word version of the GPC 2.0 draft for public comment.

      For more information, click here.

      3. Earth Hour City Challenge: will your city inspire the World?

      Cities and towns in Finland, France, Serbia, Spain and Sweden are invited to participate in the 2014-15 edition of the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC). Run by WWF in collaboration with ICLEI and the Swedish Postcode Lottery, the EHCC initiative celebrates cities and towns that are taking actions to create a greener, cleaner and more sustainable urban environment, while inspiring other cities to do the same.

      Cities can register for EHCC directly online on the carbonn® Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) reporting platform or by filling in and sending the offline reporting sheet to The closing date for EHCC candidates is 5 September 2014. Cities desiring ICLEI to quality check their reporting data should deliver their reports by 23 August 2014. Recordings of previous webinars, presentations and guidelines for candidates (also in Spanish and French) are available online.

      For more information, click here.

      4. European Green Capital Award invites applications for 2017

      The 2017 edition of the European Green Capital Award is now open for applications. Each year, the Green Capital is recognised as a sustainable role model and inspiration to other European cities. Urban areas with 100,000 or more residents are invited to put their names forward by 20 October 2014.

      An applicant workshop for the 2017 competition cycle will be held on 5 September 2014 in Brussels (Belgium). This will give an overview of the competition process, advice on applying from previous applicants, finalists and winners and opportunities to network with other environmental frontrunners from across Europe.

      Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment, said: “I encourage cities to enter the 2017 competition – not just to have a chance of winning, but also to benefit from the process itself, which provides local authorities with a valuable opportunity to take stock of where they are, and help them plan for a sustainable future.“

      For more information, click here.

      5. Citizen sustainability bloggers wanted for the ARTS project

      Talented and curious bloggers are being sought to report on grassroots sustainability initiatives and project activities in Dresden (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden), Budapest (Hungary), Brighton (UK) and Genk (Belgium). Working on behalf of the ARTS project, the bloggers will collaborate with some of Europe’s leading researchers on society transformation as part of an ambitious sustainability project.

      Interested writers should download the call for applications and apply online by 18 August 2014. One blogger will be chosen from each city to report on the most interesting local transition initiatives to local and international audiences. They will also follow local ARTS project activities in cooperation with a local academic partner and participate in European-level project meetings with fellow citizen bloggers and the project consortium.

      For more information, contact

      6. Nominations open for 2015 Sustainable Transport Award

      Established in 2005, the annual Sustainable Transport Award recognises a city that has implemented innovative sustainable transportation projects in the preceding year. These projects make cities fairer and more livable by reducing pollution, improving mobility and making the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

      2015 will be the tenth anniversary of the Award and judges are once again looking for exceptional achievements in the field of sustainable transport which can inspire and motivate others. Nominations for the Award can be made online and will be accepted until 15 September 2014. Finalists are selected by an international committee of development experts and organisations working on sustainable transport.

      For more information, click here.

      7. CIVITAS Activity Fund offers financial support for better urban mobility

      The CIVITAS Activity Fund supports the take-up of sustainable urban mobility measures in Europe by providing funding in a range of transport fields. In a new call for applicants, to be launched on 19 September 2014, CIVITAS CAPITAL is looking for pioneer cities experienced in its four thematic areas of collective passenger transport, mobility management, car-independent lifestyles and public involvement.

      The first call, which ran in spring 2014, saw 11 of 22 applications granted funding for their activities in adopting sustainable mobility measures. These included Galway (Ireland), which wanted to organise a site visit and a workshop with ICLEI member Vitoria Gasteiz (Spain) to learn about the 'superblocks' concept and raise awareness of the measure in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

      For more information, click here.

      8. PASTA project provides a healthy take on transport planning

      European urbanites are being asked to sign up for a travel survey taking place this autumn, as part of an EU funded project designed to help city planners better understand how they can promote physical activity in daily travel. The growth in private car ownership across Europe over the last century combined with an increase in desk-based jobs has led to a significant drop in physical activity. This change comes at a great cost to both public health and government spending.

      The PASTA project aims to integrate physical activity into people’s daily routine by promoting walking and cycling around cities. Bringing together leading experts in policy, research and practice, the project will help city planners tailor transport planning to create a healthier, more active population. Knowledge garnered from the survey will be used to assess the link between active mobility in cities and physical activity, injury risk and exposure to air pollution.

      For more information, click here.

      9. Reducing the cost of climate change adaptation in cities

      The RAMSES project has released five reports aimed at helping cities reduce the cost of their climate adaptation activities. Through these reports, the project provides the evidence basis that will lead to reduced adaptation costs as well as a better understanding and acceptance of adaptation measures in cities. The reports focus on project outcomes in a range of areas, including architecture and infrastructure indicators, cost typologies for buildings, local climate change projections, climate change losses and adaptation costs, appropriate decision-making processes and stakeholder engagement.

      RAMSES - Reconciling Mitigation and Adaptation and Sustainable Development for Cities - is a five-year European research project which runs until 2017. It has been working with eight cities across four continents to develop and test transferability of adaptation tools and methods with the aim of quantifying climate change impacts and adaptation costs at the city level.

      For more information, click here.

      10. Sustainable Brands 2014 invites businesses to lead the shift to a sustainable economy

      Influential brands are being invited to consider how their market influence can be used as a positive social force in a conference held this autumn. Sustainable Brands 2014, taking place in London (UK) from 2-5 November 2014, aims to help companies find new ways of driving business and brand value by innovating for improved environmental, social and economic impact.

      Conference organisers have made a conscious effort to bring unexpected participants together - large multinational corporations, start-ups, NGOs, academia, investors and government agencies - to share their differing perspectives on achieving a broader shift towards a sustainable economy. More than 1,000 attendees are expected, including Unilever, Coca-Cola, MARS, Target and Marks & Spencer.

      The theme “Reimagine, Redesign, Regenerate” will be explored through research roundtables, workshops, plenaries, evening events, and interactive co-create sessions. Registration is now open and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.

      For more information, click here.

      11. Event News

      Public Procurement of Innovation to be celebrated at EcoProcura 2014

      The winners of the first Public Procurement of Innovation Award will be announced next month at the 2014 EcoProcura Conference in Ghent (Belgium).  The Award recognises and publicises successful public procurement practices that have been used to purchase innovative, more effective and efficient products or services. EcoProcura 2014 will also feature a unique ‘Meet Your Buyer’ event, giving public procurers the chance to meet and exchange information on sustainable goods and services with a range of suppliers and procurement experts from across Europe.

      Online registration is still open for the Conference, which will take place from 24-26 September 2014. The deadline for official registration is 15 August 2014. After this date a late fee will come into effect. A full programme is available on the website, providing an overview of plenary speakers, sessions, presentations, and social events.

      For more information, click here.

      CIVITAS Forum to explore how public transport can enhance social inclusion

      Registration is now open for the 2014 CIVITAS Forum, taking place from 23-26 September 2014 in Casablanca (Morocco).

      Sessions will cover a variety of subjects, including clean vehicle strategies, cycling, clean urban freight, road safety, urban design, and the future of public transport. There will also be an in-depth look at the use of open transport data to understand, share and analyse transport systems, maximising access to different forms of transport for all city residents.

      Casablanca is the first city outside Europe to host the Forum, in a move which signals closer ties between the Euromed Transport Project and CIVITAS. The city was chosen for its ambitious plans to improve sustainable transport, including the recent introduction of a tramway line and integrated fare structure.

      For more information, click here.

        EASME Conference considers funding for energy efficiency and renewables

      In the current economic climate, achieving the European Union’s energy targets for 2020 will be a challenging task. The investments needed to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy production are significant. The public purse may not be enough to fund these initiatives. New methods of financing are required.

      ICLEI members Barcelona (Spain) and Ile de France (France) are among eight cities sharing their experiences at a conference in Brussels (Belgium) during the European Open Days on 8 October. Organised by the European Commission Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), the programme focuses on eight successful projects which are developing new ways to finance investments in public buildings, street lighting and housing.

      This shift to innovative financing approaches is supported by the European Union’s Intelligent Energy Europe and Horizon 2020 programmes. By inviting city and regional representatives to share their experiences, EASME is hoping to kick-start the move towards new local energy projects.

      For more information, click here.

      Opportunities to contribute to European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2015

      The second biannual European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) will be hosted in Copenhagen (Denmark) from 12-14 May 2015. ECCA 2015 is an initiative of the European Commission and is organised by three major European research projects: BASE, RAMSES and ToPDad. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend.

      Organisations are invited to submit proposals by 15 October for sessions, workshops and other activities on climate change adaptation. Particular efforts should be made to create synergies between science, policy, business and practice. Interested companies are also welcome to exhibit at a booth or sponsor the event.

      The conference constitutes a unique platform for researchers, policy makers and businesses to share new research results, novel policy developments and practical implementation experiences. It will also provide opportunities to display business innovations aimed at supporting the transition to low carbon societies.

      For more information, click here.

      12. Event Calendar

      Free training on the Clean Vehicles Directive
      9 September - Sofia (Bulgaria)

      CIVITAS Forum 2014
      23 - 26 September 2014

      EcoProcura 2014
      24 – 26 September 2014 – Ghent (Belgium)

      Community-energy workshop: empowering local authorities and communities to guide local sustainable energy roll-out
      25 September 2014 - Edinburgh (UK)

      Mayors in Action training for Covenant of Mayors Coordinators and Supporters
      2-3 October 2014 - Barcelona (Spain)

      ICLEI Europe Membership Assembly (ICLEI members only)
      9 October 2014 - Brussels (Belgium)

      Biodiversity Summit for cities and sub-national governments
      12 - 14 October - Gangwon Province (Republic of Korea)

      Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony
      7 October 2014 - Brussels (Belgium)

      Local Renewables 2014
      22 – 24 October 2014 – Freiburg im Breisgau and Lörrach (Germany)

      European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2015
      12-14 May - Copenhagen (Denmark)

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