1. ICLEI Member News
Oslo in final five for European Green Capital 2016
ICLEI member Oslo (Norway) has been shortlisted for the prestigious title of European Green Capital 2016. The city is one of five finalists selected by a panel of experts based on a range of sustainability and environmental criteria. Oslo will now be asked to present its vision and communications strategy to a jury in Copenhagen, the current European Green Capital, on 23 June 2014 before a final decision is made the next day.
The European Green Capital acts as a role model and an inspiration for other cities across Europe, raising awareness and encouraging action through a programme of events organised over the year it holds the title. This year’s applicants were particularly strong, showing creativity and encouraging grassroots action. EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said, "It's encouraging to see the quality of these applications, which all feature local authorities partnering with citizens to improve the urban environment and encourage sustainable development".
For more information, click here.
Alba Iulia and Yerevan join ICLEI’s global city network
ICLEI is pleased to welcome Alba Iulia (Romania) and Yerevan (Armenia) to its global sustainability network. These two ancient European cities are faced with unique challenges and both are proactively working to increase their urban resilience. ICLEI looks forward to working closely with both cities to achieve their sustainability goals.
Alba Iulia has a good track record of sustainability, with an award-winning public bus service and a recently opened public bike network allowing residents to leave their cars at home and get around the city with ease. Yerevan City Council is working to maintain and expand its 850 hectare network of green spaces to make the city a more pleasant place to live and work. Work has also been carried out on improving the efficiency of the city’s irrigation network.
For more information on ICLEI membership, click here.
Stockholm publishes roadmap for a fossil fuel-free future
Swedish capital Stockholm (Sweden) has released a plan setting out concrete steps for becoming completely fossil fuel-free by 2050. The roadmap for a fossil fuel-free Stockholm 2050 lays out two complementary routes to achieving a complete transition. Firstly, energy use must be reduced to achieve maximum energy efficiency. Secondly, energy needs which are currently met by fossil fuels such as transport, heating and electricity consumption can be satisfied by a transition to alternative, renewable sources.
Stockholm has long been recognised as a world-leader in greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The roadmap marks the start of another chapter in the city’s commitment to local actions to tackle the global challenge of climate change. The city hopes to provide inspiration to other cities wishing to commit to similar changes, and has made both the roadmap and the more detailed Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) publicly available.
For more information, click here [in Swedish].