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ICLEI in Europe News
March 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. EU Parliament passes world's strictest car emissions targets
  3. INNOCAT interest group seeks applicants
  4. Procurement Experience Exchange provides chance to learn
  5. Local councils invited to BUMP training on urban mobility
  6. ICLEI partner with CSR Europe for Sustainable Living in Cities Campaign
  7. New report outlines local authorities' experience of clean fleet procurement
  8. Event News
  9. Event Calendar

1. ICLEI Member News

Tram-train links Nantes with neighbouring municipalities

A newly-opened tram-train service has linked ICLEI member Nantes (France) with the surrounding towns of La Chapelle sur Erdre and Chateaubriant. An estimated 11,000 commuters are expected to travel this route each day.

With seating for up to 100 passengers and an overall capacity of 244, the hybrid vehicle carries significantly more than a standard tram. It can travel at speeds of up to 100 km/h, with quicker acceleration and deceleration than other models.

The tram-train is part of Nantes’ overall strategy to better connect outlying municipalities and suburbs with the city centre without increasing road traffic, noise or air pollution. “It is a real advantage which will allow municipalities along the line to develop more sustainably,” said Gilles Retière, President of Nantes Metropole.

For more information, click here [in French].

ICLEI members ready to innovate in the Mayors Challenge

Twenty eight ICLEI members are among the 155 European cities that have applied for the Mayors Challenge. The campaign, run by Bloomberg Philanthropies, searches for the best ideas to tackle major urban challenges with €9 million available in funding to develop the most ambitious solutions.

Ideas must be feasible and easily transferable to other cities in different environments. They must take a new approach that has a tangible impact on the lives of citizens.

Twenty finalists will go on to an “Ideas Camp” at the end of April to strengthen their concepts and implementation plan. Final proposals will be submitted at the end of July 2014, with the winners announced in October. The overall winner of the competition will receive €5 million to develop their idea, with four runners-up each receiving €1 million.

For more information, click here.

Bologna and Helsinki bring their expertise to Urban LEDS project

ICLEI members Bologna (Italy) and Helsinki (Finland) have been chosen as the final two cities to take part in the Urban-LEDS International City Network. The Urban-LEDS project is funded by the European Commission, and implemented by UN-Habitat and ICLEI. It supports peer to peer learning and exchange between cities in the Global North and South, aiming to develop capacity and promote new ideas on low emission urban development.

They join six other European project cities: Warsaw (Poland) and ICLEI members Copenhagen (Denmark), Almada (Portugal), Gaziantep (Turkey), Zagreb (Croatia), and Hannover (Germany). Each city in the network has been chosen for its commitment to sustainability and environmental principles.

The European cities will share their experiences with municipalities from the emerging economies of Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa in a series of study tours, exchanges, webinars and workshops. In return, they hope to draw inspiration from the innovative approaches to sustainable urban development applied by these cities over the course of the project.

For more information, click here.

2. EU Parliament passes world’s strictest car emissions targets

The European Parliament has voted to apply stringent emissions limits on cars in new regulations passed late last month. The carbon cap of 95g/km will be the strictest in the world to date.

Environmental advocates were unhappy to see the deadline for compliance delayed by a one year phase-in period and reduced to cover only 95 percent of cars during this time. The regulation also allows for ‘super-credits’ which offset the best-performing models in a manufacturers range against more polluting vehicles.

The change was nonetheless welcomed by EU Officials, who felt that the deal maintained a positive commitment to reducing pollution. “This vote means that Europe will continue to be at the cutting edge in reducing CO2 emissions from cars,” said German European Parliament deputy Thomas Ulmer. The decision is still awaiting a final endorsement from the Council of Ministers.

For more information, click here.

3. INNOCAT Interest Group seeks applicants

INNOCAT is currently setting up an Interest Group to follow the project’s activities. Interest group members will receive the INNOCAT e-Newsletter every six months with updates on project news; receive an invitation to join the Sustainable Catering Forum, an online discussion group for those wanting a better understanding of eco-innovation in the catering sector; and be invited to join a Buyers Group, to collaborate in one of several possible tenders.

The precise products or services likely to be procured by the Buyers Groups include energy efficient vending machines; innovative packaging and waste disposal solutions; containers and packaging for hospital food; and school catering services. Those interested in joining the group should contact

For more information, click here.

4. Procurement Experience Exchange provides chance to learn

European procurers are invited to apply for the PPI Platform Experience Exchange, a programme which aims to spread knowledge and best practice amongst public procurement agencies. Field visits to experienced procurement authorities will give participants the chance to see public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP) in action, helping them to develop their skills and discover new solutions to problems.

Timings for the exchange are flexible and limited funding is available for travel and accommodation. Applicants should discuss the best dates for a visit with their line manager before completing the application form and sending it to the PPI Platform team.

Hosts include the cities of Torino (Italy) and Birmingham (United Kingdom), the Réseau des acheteurs hospitaliers d’Ile de France in Paris (France) and the Sucha Beskidzka Hospital (Poland). Others interested in hosting can fill out an application form. Benefits to hosts include the opportunity to promote their work on PPI and PCP, and the chance to exchange ideas with committed, enthusiastic individuals.

For more information, click here.

5. Local councils invited to BUMP training on urban mobility

Local authorities across Europe are invited to join free training sessions run by the Boosting Urban Mobility Plans (BUMP) project, which will help local governments design and implement Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

The training sessions are aimed at transport planning officers and local authority staff whose work involves or affects travel modes in their locality. Interested local authorities can find more information and apply on the project website.

Audrey Healy at Severn Wye Energy Agency, the partner carrying out BUMP activities in the United Kingdom, said, “Four in ten people across Europe experience problems with urban mobility; air pollution, congestion and travel costs are among the biggest issues for people. The European Commission is stepping up its support to towns and cities and is strongly encouraging local authorities to incorporate sustainable mobility into their planning.”

For more information, click here.

6. ICLEI partner with CSR Europe for Sustainable Living in Cities Campaign

ICLEI is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with CSR Europe, the leading network for Corporate Social Responsibility. The partnership has been agreed for the duration of CSR Europe’s Sustainable Living in Cities Campaign, which runs until 2016. The campaign will work with urban sustainability experts, city stakeholders, policy makers and businesses across Europe to create sustainability alliances that can help accelerate urban sustainable development at local and regional level.

Focusing on two areas, sustainable consumption and sustainable production, the campaign will motivate and equip a network of more than 5,000 companies to take up a leadership role in strategic alliances with cities, and share and promote best practices for a sustainable local economy. The head of ICLEI Brussels, Peter Defranceschi will present on sustainable public procurement and business opportunities at the campaign’s launch event on 20 March. The event will highlight innovative projects that businesses across Europe have undertaken as part of the Sustainable Living in Cities Campaign.

The partnership between the two organisations will help to improve cooperation between cities and business, ensuring it is achieved in a smart, sustainable and inclusive way. City members are welcome to attend the launch event on 20 March, but must register online. Cities can also showcase their innovative projects and solutions in the Marketplace exhibit on a poster; those interested should contact

For more information, click here.

7. New report outlines local authorities' experiences of clean fleet procurement

A new report aimed at public bus procurers and transport operators provides a comprehensive review of fuel and technology options for clean buses, as well as outlining innovative bus procurement solutions. Produced by the Clean Fleets project, the report, titled Clean Buses – Experiences with Fuel and Technology Options, brings together the experiences of over 100 European public authorities and transport operators.

The report seeks to give an in-depth analysis with practical examples of using a range of fuel and technology types. A systematic assessment of 17 different fuel and technology options are included, covering environmental performance, market development, costs and other practical aspects.

Over 40 experts, including Clean Fleets project partners, public transport operators, public authorities, research institutions, transport associations and consultants, provided input into the report. The report aims to support the work of professionals in the field of procurement. Particular emphasis is placed on individual experiences from cities, local authorities and public transport operators.

For more information, click here.

8. Event News

EcoProcura 2014 launches registration and call for contributions

Registration is open for EcoProcura 2014, which will take place in Ghent (Belgium) from 24 – 26 September 2014. The conference provides a dynamic setting for participants to exchange and equip themselves with essential information on implementing sustainable public procurement and procurement of innovation.

Plenaries and break-out sessions will provide space for dialogue on the latest developments in legislation and policy, as well as on specific procurement processes and products. Additionally, a ‘Meet the Buyers’ event will give public procurement experts the chance to exchange information.

A call for contributions has also been launched, giving participants from public and private spheres the opportunity to promote their activities, offer advice and seek input from the procurement community. Please send proposals with a completed application form to by 24 April.

For more information, click here.

Local governments and businesses invited to Hannover for Global Town Hall®

The Metropolitan Solutions: Global Town Hall®, taking place in Hannover (Germany) from 7 – 11 April, is a response to cities’ growing needs for low carbon, low-risk, eco-friendly, durable and economical infrastructure solutions. While local leaders will encounter the world’s most cutting edge and sustainable solutions, the platform enables business to learn about the real needs and challenges facing cities today.

Covering issues such as urban management, energy, water, waste, green buildings, mobility, security and automation, the Global Town Hall® includes presentations on the latest trends for climate-safe and resilient urban infrastructure options as well as business presentations on their creative products and services, and a forum and marketplace for exchanging ideas and networking.

Registration is free, and ICLEI members will receive a free ticket to Metropolitan Solution and Hannover Messe tradeshows valid for the duration of the events.

For more information, click here.

Energy Self-Sufficient Communities annual conference focuses on practical action

The 4th annual conference of Energy Self-Sufficient Communities (Energieautonome Kommunen) will take place in Freiburg (Germany) from 2-4 April. The Congress provides valuable advice and real-life examples for attendees looking to attain greater levels of energy self-sufficiency within their region.

ICLEI Europe’s SEAP+ project, which works with cities to draw up action plans on reaching their carbon emissions targets by 2020, will host two forums at the event. These will share advice and examples of accessing data for baseline emission databases and implementing sustainable energy action plans.

The Conference will cover key topics, including public participation in climate action, access to grants and funding, and pioneering approaches to energy transition. It will focus on implementation of sustainable energy policies, with case studies and site visits to local projects. A special discount for registration is offered to local government representatives. The event will be held in German.

For more information, click here [in German].

9. Event Calendar

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)

Open European Day at Resilient Cities 2014
28 May 2014 – Bonn (Germany)

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

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

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

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