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ICLEI in Europe News
May 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. Cities harness business expertise in public sustainability and infrastructure projects
    3. New INNOVATION SEEDS portal launched
    4. Mayors Adapt invites European cities to unite against climate change
    5. ICLEI and CSR Europe confirm strategic three-year partnership
    6. Applications sought for 2014 German Sustainability Awards
    7. Romanian delegation gets a close-up of southern Germany’s energy transition
    8. Event News
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      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].

      2. Cities harness business expertise in public sustainability and infrastructure projects

      A survey on public-private partnerships has identified the key role of business in developing and implementing local sustainability strategies. Outlining the experiences of 59 cities, the survey results were presented at ICLEI’s Global Town Hall in Hannover (Germany) by ICLEI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

      The WBCSD also published the results of the Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII), a collaboration between 14 global companies and 10 cities. ICLEI members Turku (Finland) and Tilburg (The Netherlands) took part in the pilot project, which was designed to see what could be achieved by involving businesses earlier in the infrastructure planning process.

      Results were positive, with businesses able to bring practical, cutting-edge solutions and significant strategic insight gained from delivering similar projects in other cities. ICLEI Europe’s Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner hailed the initiative as “an excellent example of how such a process can be started and successfully used to the benefit of sustainable urban development.”

      For more information, click here.

      3. New INNOVATION SEEDS portal launched

      An extended version of the INNOVATION SEEDS portal is now available, building on the success of its predecessor with practical information on eco-innovation from a variety of sectors. The portal is a user-friendly source of knowledge for policy makers, companies and other stakeholders.

      The original portal included a database of success stories, with each article describing the added value of a specified research and development initiative. In addition, articles, webinars and video news releases promoted new environmental technologies and knowledge to policy makers and market players.

      The new database includes additional knowledge on eco-innovation cases and funding, as well as expanded categories and articles on eco-innovation policies and networks. The portal uses TRL (Technology Readiness Level) and GML (Generic Maturity Level) scales to clearly explain results, allowing visitors to easily access information which is relevant to their needs.

      For more information, click here.

      4. Mayors Adapt invites European cities to unite against climate change

      Cities across Europe are invited to become signatories to Mayors Adapt, the first pan-European movement to support local action on climate change adaptation. A Signature Ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) on 7 October 2014 will provide a chance for cities to showcase their work, to learn from others about challenges they have faced when addressing climate change and the solutions they have found.

      Speaking at the initiative’s launch on 19 March, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard said, "[The] Mayors Adapt initiative is a real milestone in making the EU better prepared to face existing and future impacts [...] it will bring together mayors from across the continent, taking decisions on the direction of climate change adaptation and engaging on a direct dialogue between the EU and our cities.”

      For more information, click here.

      5. ICLEI and CSR Europe confirm strategic three-year partnership

      ICLEI sealed its strategic partnership with CSR Europe in March 2014, officially signing a statement of commitment at the annual CSR Europe Marketplace in Brussels (Belgium). The two organisations will work to advance the European Business Campaign on Sustainable Living in Cities, a three-year initiative that promotes sustainable economic growth and urban development by creating and participating in local and regional sustainability alliances.

      The agreement with ICLEI brings European cities together with CSR Europe’s business network to find mutually beneficial routes to sustainable development. It will be put into practice through local projects and dialogue events, giving municipal and business leaders an opportunity to share their practical and strategic expertise. ICLEI and CSR Europe members will benefit directly from the collaboration, with the organisations sharing certain tools, projects and methodologies and putting them at the service of each other’s members.

      For more information, click here.

      6. Applications sought for 2014 German Sustainability Awards

      Companies, local governments and research institutions of all sizes are encouraged to apply for the German Sustainability Awards, co-sponsored by ICLEI, the Wuppertal Institute and the German Institute for Urbanism. The Awards were created to encourage the transition to a more sustainable society and support home-grown sustainability initiatives in Germany.

      The Sustainability Awards are endorsed by the German Federal Government and presented each year by a member of the Cabinet. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “The German Sustainability Award offers a big stage to pioneering ideas and exemplary initiatives, and sends a clear message: commitment to sustainability pays off.”

      Winners of last year’s prize were recognised for their dedication to organic products, use of low-carbon transport for deliveries and reduction of energy consumption in production processes. To apply, applicants should visit the website and provide the documents requested for their category before 6 June 2014.

      For more information, click here [in German].

      7. Romanian delegation gets a close-up of southern Germany’s energy transition

      A Romanian delegation visited the ICLEI European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany) in April for the 5th SEAP+ twinning meeting between AMR and ICLEI Europe. The visit looked at transferable energy practices, with discussions centring on sustainable resource management and demanding mobility experiences like Suwon’s real-life experiment of car-free urban living.

      Highlights of the three-day exchange included discussions with representatives of ICLEI Europe’s Board of Directors, ICLEI President David Cadman and former Secretary General Konrad Otto-Zimmermann. Further visits will follow, with peer exchanges with technical staff in Ludwigsburg (Germany), Luxembourg and Lund (Sweden) already envisioned. A planned study tour to the Community Energy Project in Fischerbach (Germany) will enable participants to learn about the planning and development of this unique citizen-owned district heating and cooling system.

      For more information, click here.

      8. Event News

      Speakers announced for EcoProcura 2014

      Activist, author and initiator of the Blue Economy Gunter Pauli has been confirmed as keynote speaker at EcoProcura 2014, taking place from 24 – 26 September 2014.  Mr Pauli will consider the obstacles to integrating sustainability in mainstream public procurement and how these challenges can be overcome without increasing costs. Dolores Adamski of Enterprise Europe, the largest European network of information and advisory services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will also share her expertise. Other sessions will focus on the technical aspects of local public procurement, considering what impact the recently released EU Directives on procurement, energy efficiency and vehicle emissions will have on public procurement practices.

      Martine de Regge, Deputy Mayor of Ghent (Belgium) has also confirmed her attendance at the conference alongside key city officials, academics and activists from across Europe. Ms de Regge will be joined at the conference by Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri, the first Green politician to gain political office in Helsinki (Finland) and Deputy Mayor Lari Pitkä-Kangas, in charge of urban ecology for the city of Malmö (Sweden).

      For more information, click here.

      Registration open for Local Renewables 2014

      ICLEI members registering for Local Renewables 2014 will get a €100 discount on the entrance fee. The sixth conference in the series on clean, sustainable energy solutions is taking place from 22-24 October in the German cities of Freiburg and Lörrach. This year’s event will place particular emphasis on local action and the importance of renewable energy and improved energy efficiency in the shift to more sustainable economies at a local, national and global level.

      To register, participants should go to the conference website and complete the online registration form. The conference fee covers admission to the event, participation in all sessions including workshops and study tours, conference materials, lunches, coffee breaks and two evening receptions. Details on individual sessions, speakers and reduced fees can be found on the website or by emailing

      For more information, click here.

      9. Event Calendar

      Urbes training – Ecosystem services support urban resilience
      27 – 28 May 2014 – Bonn (Germany)

      Transition Talk #1: Who runs this place? Unpacking local governance
      28 May 2014 – Brussels (Belgium)

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

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

      Community energy: accelerating sustainable energy roll-out in Europe
      25 June - Brussels (Belgium)

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

      RFSC Conference 2014
      8 October 2014 – Brussels (Belgium)

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

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