1. ICLEI Member News
Reykjavik to be carbon neutral by 2040
ICLEI Member Reykjavík (Iceland) has put forward a climate policy paper and action plan that would see the city become carbon neutral by 2040. In Reykjavík all electricity is produced with hydroelectric power and houses are geothermally heated. Transport is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest challenge for the city.
In the city’s Municipal Plan 2010-2030 the goal is to change travel modes so that the share of public transport will rise from 4 percent to 12 percent and the ratio of pedestrians and cyclists will rise from 19 percent to over 30 percent by 2030.
“Cities play a key role in the fight against climate change. They can react quickly and have many possibilities of enacting change,” said Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík. The Mayor added that the Icelandic capital is in a good position to meet its highly ambitious target thanks to its abundant renewable energy sources.
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Glasgow places people and communities at heart of resilience strategy
People and communities are the key component of a new strategy intended to build ICLEI Member City Glasgow’s (UK) resilience against the impact of the shocks and stresses faced by a city in the 21st century. The “Resilient Glasgow” strategy details 50 different actions intended to create a stronger and more adaptable city.
Based on a detailed conversation with 3,500 Glasgow-residents, the strategy is the first of its kind to be released in the UK. It focuses on issues such as economic growth, tackling inequality, enhancing partnerships at all levels, delivering services around the needs of citizens, and building capacity for resilience among the city’s population.
Glasgow is a core city of the Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) project, which aims to support city decision-makers in developing and implementing resilience measures in their cities. As part of the project, Glasgow and its local research partner, the University of Strathclyde, are working closely together on co-creating and testing the project's tools, with a particular focus in Glasgow's case on building resilience against flood risk. Tier 2 cities of Rome (Italy) and Riga (Latvia) are observing Glasgow's progress and providing feedback, which will ensure that the final tools are applicable to all cities in Europe.
For more information, visit the Smart Mature Resilience website.
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Copenhagen uses sustainable procurement to lower carbon emissions
The City of Copenhagen's (Denmark) strategy and approach to sustainable procurement has been profiled in the September edition of the GPP News Alert, detailing how the city set up a unit on Green Public Procurement (GPP) to help it meet its ambitious goal of being the world’s first carbon neutral capital city. The unit works with other administrative and strategic procurement units to influence the market in a climate friendly direction.
The ICLEI Member City has been a Procura+ Participant since 2015 and is the most populous city in Denmark. Since 2005, CO2 emissions in Copenhagen have fallen by 38 percent, mainly due to the application of sustainable measures on building renovation works, energy savings achieved in the private sector, and the implementation of anti-waste strategies.
The city uses its purchasing actions to achieve strategic goals, such as requiring that packaging originates from reused materials, procuring alternative fuel or zero emission vehicles, increasing the number of organic public sector meals, and so on.
For more information, read the GPP News Alert case study or visit the Copenhagen Procura+ Profile.
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