7. Event News
Community Energy workshops to focus on investment and collaboration
Two free workshops will be held in Prague (Czech Republic) and Aalborg (Denmark) in the framework of the Community Power project, addressing the potential for roll-out of community-owned energy. Local decision-makers, planners, local government networks, and energy agencies are invited to participate.
Advice on investing in community energy will be provided, as well as information on accessing funding, and how local authorities and community groups can work together to support the transition to renewable energy. Best practice from the Czech Republic and Denmark will be presented in each workshop. The Prague workshop will take place on 12 May 2015, while the Alborg workshop will take place on 20 May 2015.
More information on the Prague and Aalborg workshops is available online.
Innovation in urban transport under discussion at Leipzig workshop
The TIDE and SOLUTIONS projects will host a workshop at the Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum in Leipzig (Germany) on 28 May 2015, focusing on the practical deployment of innovation in urban transport. Workshop participants will receive insight into societal trends that are shaping the future of transport in cities in Europe and beyond.
Key urban transport innovations will be presented, providing an exchange platform for other cities from around the globe and urban mobility experts. The workshop will be opened by Alessandro Damiani (Head of Unit, Horizontal Aspects Transport Directorate, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission) and will feature business and academic representatives as well as delegates from pioneering cities.
To register for the workshop, contact Oliver Lah (SOLUTIONS) or Ivo Cré (TIDE).
18th Breakfast at Sustainability’s looks at engaging cities and citizens towards the Paris climate negotiations
The 18th session in the long-running Breakfast at Sustainability's series will explore how cities and citizens can be engaged in the run up to the Paris Climate Negotiations. A major international climate change agreement is expected to be adopted at the upcoming COP in Paris (France), with the input of cities and citizens vital to ensure that the agreement recognises the roles of diverse actors in driving change. The B@S session will take place on 27 May 2015 in Brussels (Belgium).
Lutz Ribbe, Chair of the Sustainable Development Observatory, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will speak on the increasingly important role of civil society in tackling climate change, while Maryke Van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager, ICLEI, will outline the Local Government Climate Roadmap, an advocacy process for local authorities that aims to have the role of local governments in tackling climate change recognised and supported during international climate negotiations.
Good practice examples gleaned from Norwegian municipalities will be presented, followed by a panel discussion led by experts in the field.
For more information, download the programme.
Bucharest to host European SUMP conference
Under the theme of ‘sustainable mobility for everyone’, the European Platform on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) is organising the second European Conference on SUMPs in Bucharest (Romania) from 16 – 17 June 2015. The conference will look at tackling social exclusion through transport planning, improving transport affordability, and enhancing accessibility to jobs and services. Thematic working groups will also explore strategies for the development of mobility plans within different budgetary contexts. Technical sessions will be held to address issues such as data collection, scenario development, modelling and integrated energy planning.
As Europe's principal event on urban mobility planning, this year’s conference is expected to attract 250 practitioners, policy makers and academics, exceeding the 144 delegates who attended the first edition held in Sopot (Poland) in 2014. Conference attendance is free of charge.
For more information, visit the Eltis events page.