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ICLEI in Europe News
October 2014

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    1. ICLEI Member News
    2. ICLEI Mayors join citizens in march for climate action
    3. Winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award announced
    4. EcoProcura highlights strategic potential of sustainable and innovation procurement
    5. ICLEI joins with partners to launch largest ever city-level effort to fight climate change
    6. Second call for CIVITAS co-funding now open
    7. European Mobility Week sees celebrations across Europe
    8. Involving each level of government in climate efforts can deliver 50% emission cuts by 2030
    9. New UN document examines the market’s ability to embrace sustainability
    10. Mayors in Action offers support to Coordinators and Supporters of the Covenant of Mayors
    11. Event News
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      1. ICLEI Member News

      Barcelona wins prestigious Mayors Challenge prize

      ICLEI member Barcelona (Spain) has been announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition that encourages cities to generate innovative ideas to solve major challenges. Barcelona will receive €5 million toward its proposal to create a digital and community ‘trust network’ for each of its at-risk elderly residents.

      A Mayors Challenge innovation prize was also awarded to ICLEI member Stockholm (Sweden), in addition to Athens (Greece), Kirklees in Yorkshire (UK), and Warsaw (Poland). Each city will receive €1 million to support implementation of their ideas, aimed at tackling some of Europe’s most critical issues, such as energy efficiency, obesity, and aging. More than 150 cities from 28 nations entered the 2014 Mayors Challenge. The winning cities’ ideas were evaluated based on four criteria: vision and creativity, potential for impact, transferability, and viability of implementation.

      “To meet the biggest challenges of the 21st century, city leaders must think creatively and be unafraid to try new things – and the Mayors Challenge is designed to help them do that,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

      For more information, visit the Bloomberg Philanthropies website.

      Copenhagen’s Cycle Snake elevates cyclists

      To conserve ground level space while providing an attractive mobility option, ICLEI member and renowned cycling city Copenhagen (Denmark) has opened the Cykelslangen, or 'Cycle Snake' - an elevated cycle path in the harbour district. The orange cycle lane connects to the harbour bridge, leaving the ground level free for pedestrians. Cykelslangen is four metres wide with two lanes and is 220 metres long.

      Cyclists have reacted to Cykelslangen with excitement, as they no longer have to share the narrow spaces below with pedestrians, or take their bicycles up and down stairs when using the bridge at the harbour. The city aims to increase cycling's modal share to 50 percent by 2025, through developing safe and separated infrastructure for cyclists as well as pedestrians and cars.

      For more information, visit The Guardian website.

      Lille introduces electric delivery vehicles to green port distribution

      ICLEI member Lille (France) is planning to revolutionise the transport of goods from the port to the city centre by using electric vehicles, with several pilot schemes already underway. Five vehicles currently operate in the city.

      An agreement has been reached between Utilities Company EDF and the city's Modal Centre for Urban Distribution (CDMU) to begin using electric delivery vehicles by the end of October. EDF is also promoting the possibility of employing its electric scooters and bicycles as light delivery vehicles.

      For more information, visit [in French].

      2. ICLEI Mayors join citizens in march for climate action

      The People's Climate March took place in cities across the world, representing one of the largest and most diverse mobilisations for climate action in history. The marches came ahead of world leaders gathering in New York (USA) to attend the UN Climate Summit 2014. Mayors of ICLEI member cities participated in the People's March in New York, sharing their vision of local sustainability.

      Mayors George Ferguson of Bristol (UK) and Jürgen Nimptsch of Bonn (Germany) marched for climate action in New York, while Estella Marino, the Deputy Mayor of Rome (Italy), marched through the Italian capital. "The impacts of climate change will be most felt in cities. As local leaders, we have a responsibility to work with citizens to ensure that global resources are mobilised to tackle this enormous challenge. At the local level, we are committing to ambitious climate actions - through this march we are encouraging national leaders to do the same,” said Deputy Mayor Marino.

      Convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Climate Summit aims to galvanise political will to tackle climate action. Among its eight key action areas are cities – a clear indication of the crucial role urban areas have in fighting climate change. On its new online platform, CityTalk, ICLEI tells some of the challenges and success stories of these cities.

      For more information, visit the City Talk blog.

      3. Winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award announced

      Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (the Netherlands) was announced as the winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award at a ceremony held during the EcoProcura conference, in Ghent (Belgium). The Dutch hospital, which overcame competition from five other finalists, was praised by the jury for its innovative robotic bed washing facility. The award was presented by Bonifacio Garcia-Porras of DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.

      The Erasmus University Medical Centre asked the bidders to design a more cost and environmentally efficient solution to disinfect the hospital's 70,000 beds and mattresses. The contract was won by IMS Medical, who proposed a creative approach - high precision cleaning robots that disinfect the beds in a conveyor belt format. Through the facility, the cleaning costs per bed were lowered by 35 percent compared with the existing solution, and the CO2 footprint reduced by 65 percent. The City of Oslo (Norway), Région Rhône Alpes (France), and A Coruna City Council (Spain) were given honourable mentions during the ceremony. A more in-depth profile of each finalist, detailing their organisation, procured innovation and supplier, is available here.

      "Public procurement has a significant role to play in stimulating innovation to ensure that Europe successfully meets future economic, social and environmental challenges. Procurement requirements that demand innovative solutions can stimulate new sources of jobs and growth in Europe. I warmly congratulate the winner of the PPI Award and I hope that the procurement practices of the winner and the nominees will act as an inspiration to others." said European Commissioner Ferdinando Nelli Feroci.

      For more information, read the press release.

      4. EcoProcura highlights strategic potential of sustainable and innovation procurement

      After three days of exchange, delegates at the EcoProcura 2014 conference in Ghent (Belgium) concluded that for Europe to gain maximum benefit from procurement practices, sustainable and innovation procurement must be placed at the heart of strategic decision making. The European Commission’s revised Public Procurement Directives will play a significant role in harnessing the immense capacity of the public sector to foster sustainable and innovative solutions, and move procurement from being seen as an administrative to a strategic concern.

      The conference, organised by ICLEI and the City of Ghent, demonstrated the consensus that the pressing issues facing Europe today require public authorities to work with the market to develop sustainable and innovative solutions, rather than viewing the market as unchangeable. The move towards a more cooperative and transparent relationship with business was emphasised. These outcomes will inform policy processes, and will be fed into the Procura+ Campaign, a movement of public authorities at the forefront of sustainable and innovation procurement in Europe.

      At the close of the event, the City of Ghent demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by signing a strategy on sustainable procurement and a Charter that obliges the city to spend 10 percent of its ICT budget on innovative solutions. Daniël Termont, Mayor of the City of Ghent, said: “We are proud that ICLEI has chosen Ghent as the host city for its EcoProcura Conference. Sustainability is in all that we do, exemplified by our aim to achieve a climate neutral city by 2050. Moreover, Ghent wants to be a ‘smart city’ that employs creative solutions to everyday problems, and unites citizens to learn from one another. Ghent is a firm believer in the important role procurement plays in making our city more sustainable and in obtaining innovative products and services.”

      For more information, read the full EcoProcura outcomes article.

      5. ICLEI joins with partners to launch largest ever city-level effort to fight climate change

      United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg have announced the launch of a global Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest city-led effort to fight climate change to date. ICLEI is a key partner of the Compact of Mayors, in addition to C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) with support from the UN’s lead agency on urban issues UN-Habitat.

      "The Compact is more than a new political commitment. It is an additional locomotive to speed up and scale up transformational climate actions that the world urgently needs right now," said Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of Bonn (Germany). The Compact of Mayors builds on the ambitious, voluntary city targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction set by local leaders. The progress towards achieving those targets will be made publicly available through reporting platform the carbonn Climate Registry. "Cities are drivers of progress and innovation, and by taking this step, they can help nations set new, necessary, and aggressive GHG targets over the next year," said Special Envoy Bloomberg.

      For more information, read the press release.

      6. Second call for CIVITAS co-funding now open

      CIVITAS CAPITAL is supporting the take-up of sustainable urban mobility measures through an Activity Fund, offering co-funding of up to 50 percent for urban mobility projects. This co-financing mechanism will encourage the transfer of successful measures from ‘pioneer’ cities to ‘take-up’ cities. Co-funding will be made available via four competitive calls between 2014 and 2015. A sum of €80,000 is available in this second call, which runs until 31 October 2014. The 12 pioneering CIVITAS cities for this call include ICLEI member Bremen (Germany) the winner of the 2014 CIVITAS award for Public Participation.

      To be eligible, the projects must focus on one of four CIVITAS focal areas: collective passenger transport, mobility management, less car-intensive lifestyles, and public participation. More detailed information on the focal areas, the types of partners and activities that can be involved, and eligibility criteria for applications can be found in the call’s terms of reference document. Applications should be submitted by 31 October 2014 using the online form.

      For more information, visit

      7. European Mobility Week sees celebrations across Europe

      The 2014 edition of European Mobility Week (EMW) has officially ended, bringing celebrations in over 2000 cities to a close. The Week saw a wide range of activities, including concerts, workshops, and art competitions, all celebrating the role sustainable mobility and better usage of land can play in enhancing quality of life.

      Under the banner of "Our streets, our choice", this year's EMW encouraged citizens to 'reclaim' urban spaces to create the city they want to live in. "Mobility Week reminds us that when it comes to personal mobility, we really do have a choice, and a good choice makes a tangible difference to our health and our quality of life. So let's make a stand for cleaner air, and for urban spaces that are built for people. Cities are for citizens – let's keep them that way!" said Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment.

      For pictures, videos and information on activities, follow the EMW Facebook and Twitter channels. To see the full list of participating cities, as well as details of their activities, visit the cities page.

      For more information, visit the European Mobility Week website.

      8. Involving each level of government in climate efforts can deliver 50% emission cuts by 2030

      Efforts to tackle climate change cannot be led only at national level, but must involve every level of government to be successful, concluded former Brussels Region minister and ICLEI Europe REXCom member Evelyne Huytebroeck, speaking at the General Assembly of the Romanian Municipalities Association (AMR). The event was held in Satu Mare (Romania) and attended by more than 60 Mayors and high-level delegates from across Europe. The Assembly also formed the final event of the SEAP+ project.

      Ms Huytebroeck emphasised the achievements of the Local Government Climate Roadmap - an advocacy process that aims to make the voices of local governments heard on the world stage - pointing to the Roadmap’s success in encouraging local governments to commit to ambitious emission reduction targets, report achievements in a transparent, consistent and verifiable manner through the carbonn Climate Registry, and feed them into international climate agreements.

      ICLEI Europe used the occasion to outline its position towards the EU climate and energy framework 2030, calling for binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets measuring at least 50 percent below the level in 1990, and to enact a 40 percent share of renewable energy and a 40 percent reduction in energy use by 2030. To accomplish these targets and to stay below 2°C global warming, a swift phase-out of subsidies for fossil and nuclear energy is needed.

      For more information, read the full position paper.

      9. New UN document examines the market’s ability to embrace sustainability

      UNEP, as part of the 10YFP on Sustainable Public Procurement (an initiative which ICLEI co-leads), has launched a pre-study to determine whether the private sector is ready to meet the ambitious sustainability requirements of procurers in the public sector. The study also explores to what extent sustainable public procurement (SPP) can be a tool to promote sustainability in supply chains, outlining present potential and limitations.

      Globalisation, the study finds, has made supply chains more complex, and so has hampered efforts to assess the sustainability of final products and services. As a good may be assembled in several countries, it is difficult to clearly ascertain whether each step of the process has met sustainability criteria. The need for greater transparency and a method to tackle this complexity is highlighted as a necessary step in greening supply chains.

      The study also found that while large companies are embracing sustainability as a part of their business model, many small and medium sized enterprises are lagging behind. As well as raising awareness, the document aims to enhance interest among stakeholders to finance a project to act on the study's recommendations.

      The document is available to download online.

      10. Mayors in Action offers support to Coordinators and Supporters of the Covenant of Mayors

      Over 5700 municipalities representing more than 185 million inhabitants have signed the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) as of May 2014, committing to develop and advance their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). However, to advance their SEAPs, local government staff need support and training. MAYORS in ACTION aims to help Coordinators and Supporters (C&S) of the Covenant of Mayors in assisting their municipalities through offering them targeted trainings, tutoring and coaching schemes.

      A tailor-made twinning programme on strategies for evaluation of SEAPs, methodologies for implementation, methods for triggering financial opportunities, and guidance on improving communications will be held for C&S through the project. A wide selection of tools and methodologies will also be made available on the project website.

      In addition, national trainings for C&S will take place in Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain. Selected C&S can benefit by participating in an international coaching and peer-review scheme with the partners in the consortium. Priority will be given to C&S currently supporting implementation and monitoring of SEAPs outside of the above target countries.

      For more information, visit the Mayors in Action website.

      11. Event News

      Local Renewables Conference 2014 only days away

      Participants have only days left to register for the Local Renewables Conference 2014: Regional development through energy transition, taking place in Freiburg and Lörrach (Germany) from 22-24 October 2014. The conference will focus on the role of cities in Europe’s transition to more sustainable energy sources, exploring how this transition will help to address economic and social challenges.

      More than 30 experts will come together in Freiburg and Lörrach to impart knowledge, discuss the latest developments in the field, and engage with participants to find new and innovative solutions to existing problems. Good practices will also be shared from ICLEI member cities worldwide, such as Malmö and Stockholm (Sweden), Almada (Portugal), Basel (Switzerland) and Madison (USA).

      Policy-makers from various levels of government, professionals from energy utilities, business and research will discuss with cities and regions that have integrated sustainability in an economically viable way within their energy strategies and actions; analyse the political, legal and economic framework for the transition to sustainable energy; and learn how a transition to renewable energy can help cities move from consumption to energy production.

      For more information, visit the Local Renewables website.

      Sustainable Brands London brings business and local leaders together

      The Sustainable Brands ’14 conference will take place in London (UK) from 3 – 5 November 2014. Sustainable Brands is the premier global community of brand innovators who realise the impact that business practices can have in shaping the future. Today, successful brands are expected to deliver deeper value to their customers – to move beyond the intent to be 'less bad' toward becoming a positive force for restoring healthy environments and communities. Through partnership with government, better business models, smarter product design and engaging stakeholders, brands will find success and ultimately help in creating the regenerative economy of tomorrow.

      This year marks the 3rd time that the community is gathering in London. Dedicated business leaders from companies such as Unilever, Marks & Spencer, BASF, Heineken and others are planning to participate as well as speakers from Guardian Sustainable Business, Forum for the Future, and more. There is a conscious effort to bring unexpected participants together - large multinational corporations, local governments, NGOs, academia, and more - each bringing a unique perspective but shared passion for shifting the world to a sustainable economy.

      For information on registering for the conference, visit the Sustainable Brands website.

      Community energy takes centre stage at B@S meeting

      The role of local and regional authorities in supporting community-led Renewable Energy projects will form the focus of the 16th Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) meeting, taking place in Brussels (Belgium) on 25 November 2014. Generously hosted by the Common Representation of the Alpeuregio (comprising the regions of Tyrol, South Tyrol, and Trentino), the half-day event will see speakers and participants discuss challenges and barriers, as well as share success stories, in the ongoing transition to renewably sourced energy at the local level.

      The potential benefits of community energy in relation to energy security will be discussed. The EU internal energy market will also be addressed. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director of the Internal Energy Market unit, DG Energy, will deliver the keynote address, while Tom Jones, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, will provide insight into civil society’s increasingly important role in energy generation.

      B@S are small, informal meetings that address topics of sustainable urban development from a local angle. Financing and implementation form core elements of the meetings. Registration is available by contacting

      For more information, download the programme.

      12. Event Calendar

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

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

      Sustainable Brands 2014 London
      3 - 5 November 2014 - London (UK)

      Community-energy- Empowering local authorities and their communities to guide local sustainable energy roll-out
      20 November 2014 - Dublin (Ireland)

      Breakfast at Sustainability's: "Community energy: accelerating sustainable energy roll-out in Europe"
      25 November 2014 - Brussels, Belgium

      4th Informed Cities Forum
      26-27 March 2015 - Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

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

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