6. Event News
GPP2020 final conference to look at implementing low-carbon tenders in practice
Ideas and achievements will be shared at the final conference of the GPP2020 project, set to take place on 19 April 2016 in Brussels (Belgium). Procurers that have carried out low-carbon public purchases for supplies, services and works will provide attendees with an insight into the challenges and successes faced.
The event will be held in the offices of the delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the European Union and will focus on how low-carbon procurement works in practice. The conference will also look at developing long lasting, successful support structures for the further implementation and mainstreaming of GPP in Europe. The programme for the event is available to view online.
The EU-funded GPP2020 project has achieved savings equivalent to over 350,000 tonnes of CO2e to date, demonstrating the impressive power of coordinated low-carbon procurement activities to achieve CO2 emissions reduction targets. The project aims to implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders in countries across Europe.
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CIVITAS training on urban freight to be held ahead of ESCT Conference
The CIVITAS Initiative is organising a free training on urban freight and logistics at the 8th European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference, which will be held in the Basque Country from 27 - 29 April 2016. The training will take place on 26 April, the day before the start of the conference.
Professionals involved in the development and implementation of urban freight policies are the target audience for the training. Through interactive exercises, participants will get an insight into sustainable distribution schemes and techniques, and are encouraged to come to the training with examples or challenges from their own contexts. An expert contribution will be provided by a representative from ICLEI member Copenhagen (Denmark).
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Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities launched for 2016
The European Environment Agency (EEA) and ICLEI have joined forces again this year to organise the 3rd Open European Day (OED), the one-day event for climate adaptation practitioners, taking place on 5 July back-to-back with Resilient Cities 2016 in Bonn (Germany). The Open European Day is supported by the RESIN and Placard projects.
The event will follow the successful format of previous editions, where climate adaptation practitioners representing both “beginner” and “trailblazer” cities, as well as key adaptation actors, exchange valuable experience in an interactive setting. Institutions supporting urban adaptation development and scientists in the field will also contribute to addressing key questions raised by city representatives.
The focus of this year’s edition will include climate services, nature-based solutions and how to mainstream adaptation. Financing adaptation will also be a topic of recurring consideration throughout the event. Participation is free of charge.
For more information, visit the Open European Day webpage.
GREEN SURGE to hold forum on public-private partnerships for greener cities
Urban green infrastructure decision-makers, researchers and private sector stakeholders will come together in Bilbao (Spain) to explore local government strategies for partnering with private sector actors to make urban development greener. Amongst others, ICLEI has invited the City of Aarhus (Denmark) and the Greater London Authority (UK) to showcase how they cooperate with private actors to green their cities.
Aarhus partnered with private stakeholders, particularly farmers and gardeners, as part of their strategy to protect groundwater from pesticides. The Greater London Authority has been partnering with businesses regularly and strategically (e.g. Wild West End) to achieve its vision of a National Park City and to address London’s environmental and societal challenges.
The Stakeholder Dialogue Forum will be held in Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao (Spain) from 14.00 to 18.00 on 26 April 2016 and is free to attend. The Forum is a pre-event to the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns for which Stakeholder Forum participants benefit from a reduced registration fee. Registration for the Stakeholder Dialogue Forum can be completed online.
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