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ICLEI in Europe News
February 2014

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. Michael Bloomberg appointed UN Envoy for Cities and Climate Change
  3. Input sought for upcoming PPI documents
  4. Event News
  5. Event Calendar

1. ICLEI Member News

Copenhagen takes over as European Green Capital 2014

Danish capital and ICLEI member Copenhagen became European Green Capital 2014 in January, taking over from 2013’s winner and ICLEI member Nantes (France). Copenhagen kicked off its green year by celebrating three new wind turbines going into operation and lighting thousands of candles made from wax produced by the city’s bees.

Copenhagen has the ambitious targets of being entirely carbon neutral by 2025, and having 50 percent of its population commute by bicycle by 2015. The city has also been commended for engaging its citizens in sustainability campaigns, successfully communicating Copenhageners’ potential to be part of the solution.

Frank Jensen, Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor, said, “Copenhageners cycle every day, sort their rubbish and support the use of wind and biomass instead of coal at the city’s power stations. The green transition has helped raise Copenhageners’ standard of living, while the ambitious goals and enormous investments help create economic growth and new jobs for business.”

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Work on London's 'solar bridge' completed

The renovation of Blackfriars Bridge, part of Blackfriars Station in London (United Kingdom) has been completed, with 4400 photovoltaic panels installed. This has transformed the bridge into the world's largest 'solar bridge', and is expected to cut the station's carbon emissions by over 550 tons annually. The solar array will generate some 900,000 kWh of electricity each year, representing more than half of the station's total energy use.

Additionally, the renovation of the station aimed to increase train capacity on one of Europe's busiest stretches of railway. This was achieved with a new entrance on the south bank of the River Thames, four new platforms, and an upgraded underground station. Simon Kirby, managing director of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, said, "The transformation of Blackfriars Station is typical of how we are enhancing one of Europe's busiest rail routes using smart, sustainable technology."

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Hamburg supports research on the impact of soil on local climates

Open spaces can greatly help to alleviate the problems of the heat island effect in densely developed cities, a research project supported by ICLEI member Hamburg (Germany) has found. The Hamburg Urban Soil Climate Observatory (HUSCO) project, led by researchers from the University of Hamburg, seeks to shed light on the interactions between soil and the local climate.

Long-term measurements began in summer 2010 across three areas in Hamburg; one in the city centre and two more in suburban neighbourhoods. The city of Hamburg aided the project by helping to secure additional funding through the city’s climate protection programme.

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2. Michael Bloomberg appointed UN Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

The United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. Mr Bloomberg will assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with mayors and others, to raise political will and mobilise action among cities as part of a long term strategy to advance efforts on climate change.

This will include discussing concrete solutions at the 2014 Climate Summit which the Secretary-General will host in New York City (USA) on 23 September. Leaders from government, business, finance and civil society will be invited to raise the level of ambition to make significant impacts on climate change.

ICLEI welcomes this news as an important opportunity to increase the engagement of local and subnational governments in global efforts on climate change. "Partnerships at all levels of government are essential elements for the success of the Paris 2015 Climate Outcomes - to scale up rapid actions now, up-to and beyond 2020. We look forward to collaborating on this with the UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change," says Gino van Begin, Secretary-General of ICLEI.

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3. Input sought for upcoming PPI documents

To further aid the uptake of public procurement of innovation (PPI), the Procurement of Innovation Platform will publish three guidance documents. Each guide is designed to enhance public procurers’ understanding of PPI, enabling them to easily and effectively purchase innovative goods and services. Before publication, the PPI Consortium is seeking stakeholder input to further refine the guides’ content. Specific questions have been developed to help focus stakeholders' contributions; the full list of questions can be found on the PPI platform website.

Contributions are being sought until the end of February 2014. To provide your input, contact The first guide will give a general introduction to the topic, outlining the most effective methods of implementation. The second will focus on risk management, providing an overview in the context of effective PPI. Guidance on intellectual property forms the focus of the third guide, including how to contractually deal with new findings, insights and technologies.

Stakeholders are also invited to discuss topics posted on the Procurement Forum. The PPI guidance documents are being developed with support from the European Commission by the PPI Consortium, a partnership between ICLEI, 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.

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4. Event News

Procuring energy-efficient vehicles in London (United Kingdom)

The Clean Fleets project is presenting the second in a series of four European workshops on the procurement of clean and energy-efficient vehicles in London (United Kingdom) on 25 and 26 March 2014. The free workshop, which aims to bring together procurement practitioners from across Europe to exchange policy, practice and experiences, will be hosted by Clean Fleets project partner Transport for London (TfL).

The workshop will discuss how London’s transport policy, planning and strategy are working towards clean and sustainable transport, hear TfL’s experience of procuring green buses as well as that of other EU member states, and explore how further reductions in pollutants and carbon emissions can be achieved. The workshop is open to public authorities and fleet operators in Europe, and other relevant stakeholders.

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Final LANDMARK Conference in Bremen (Germany)

The EU-wide LANDMARK project will conclude with a final conference under the banner of "Moving Towards Socially-responsible Public Procurement" in Bremen (Germany) on 27 March 2014. It will seek to provide answers on topics such as the challenges involved in purchasing socially responsible products and the successful implementation of social procurement in public authorities, and highlight the most forward-looking models and tools for verifying supply chains.

Participants are invited to inform themselves of the important conclusions this three-year cooperation between municipalities and NGOs has generated. Join the dialogue and help create new concepts for the future – as procurers and administrators, as staff of NGOs and policy-makers, as certifiers and company-representatives.

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5. Event Calendar

Agrion Disrupt 100+
13 – 14 February 2014 – Paris (France)

3ENCULT Workshop – Energy Efficiency and Heritage Protection
4 March 2014 – Alba Iulia (Romania)

Clean Fleets Workshop – Clean Urban Buses
25 – 25 March 2014 – London (United Kingdom)

Final LANDMARK Conference
27 March 2014 – Bremen (Germany)

4. Kongress Energieautonome Kommunen
2 – 4 April 2014 – Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)

Global Town Hall at Metropolitan Solutions
7 – 11 April 2014 – Hannover (Germany)

Covenant capaCITY study tour
16 April 2014 – Padua (Italy)

Resilient Cities 2014
29 – 31 May 2014 – Bonn (Germany)

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

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

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