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Glasgow adds solar panels to schools
ICLEI Member Glasgow (United Kingdom) is cutting emissions while saving money through installing solar technology on a number of its schools. The move is part of the council's Energy & Carbon Masterplan, which has identified 33 actions that would help Glasgow to achieve its carbon emissions reduction target of 30 percent by 2020.
The installation will provide a saving of £60,000 per year over 13 years due to a Feed-in Tariffs scheme which encourages the uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies. The amount of carbon saved will be around 130 tons annually.
The leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of Sustainable Glasgow, Councillor Frank McAveety said: “By saving money on our electricity we can ensure more money is going to frontline services. This is Sustainable Glasgow in action. We are using the potential in greener technologies, like these solar panels on schools, to not only cut our emissions but also our energy bills.”
For further information, visit Glasgow.gov.uk.
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ICLEI Europe Regional Director meets with Lisbon City Council
ICLEI Europe’s Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner was received at the Lisbon City Council by the Green Infrastructure and Energy Councilor José Sá Fernandes, the Municipal Chamber of Lisbon team, and the Energy and Environmental Agency Lisboa-e-Nova during a trip to the Portuguese capital earlier this month.
The meeting focused on the environmental, climate and energy work being developed by the Municipal Chamber, with particular attention paid to the City of Lisbon’s targets on mitigation and adapting to the impacts of climate change, including energy and water security. The ongoing green infrastructure implementation process was also discussed, along with the solar potential of the city, nature-based solutions and opportunities for enhancing cycling as a means of sustainable mobility.
Mr. Teubner was complementary towards the strategy followed by Lisbon and noted the importance of enhancing cooperation between the city and ICLEI. The new Covenant of Mayors targets were discussed, as well as other projects where the City of Lisbon and ICLEI could actively collaborate.
For more information, visit www.cm-lisboa.pt [in Portuguese]
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ICLEI welcomes Chinese Member Foshan New City
Foshan New City (China) has officially become a Member of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI hopes to develop closer ties with the Chinese city and will promote its sustainable development and cooperation with European local governments. Foshan New City is located in the south-central area of the Guangdong province and is one of the world’s most influential bases for advanced manufacturing.
The city is a signatory of the “Joint Declaration to Further Advance Two-way Investment”, an agreement signed by the Chinese and German Governments. It is also one of two EU-China urbanisation cooperation demonstration areas approved and supported by the Chinese government and by the governments of a number of European countries.
ICLEI built its relationship with Foshan New City through the first Sustainable Urban China conference which was held in Berlin (Germany) in 2015. On 31 May 2016, at the second edition of the Sustainable Urban China conference, an agreement on membership and cooperation was signed by Mr. Gao Guoping, representative of Foshan New City, and Monika Zimmermann, ICLEI's Deputy Secretary General. In the future, ICLEI will support the long-term sustainable development plan of Foshan New City and will connect the city with its network of cities, experts, organisations and relevant industries.
For more information, click here.
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Rotterdam and Denver exchange on sustainable procurement strategies in scope of the GLCN
Representatives of the cities of Denver (USA) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) have met to exchange experiences on implementing sustainable procurement activities. Both cities are part of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, pushing to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by purchasing sustainably.
Denver is rewriting its executive order on procurement and is looking to other cities’ policies and plans to shape its procurement actions. As Denver and Rotterdam have similar populations, Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Denver, and Léon Dijk, Coordinator of Sustainable Public Procurement of the City of Rotterdam, have held discussions to compare how both cities have organised their procurement activities and introduced sustainable criteria.
“It was great to get together and talk about our procurement systems, challenges and goals. We learned a lot from each other. Collaboration and peer support is a real benefit of being part of the Global Lead City Network,” said Léon Dijk. Jerry Tinianow found the meeting very beneficial saying: “It was fascinating to compare the procurement structure of Rotterdam with our own. I have brought back a lot of fresh ideas to Denver and look forward to continued idea sharing and knowledge exchange with Léon”.
For more information, click here.
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