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ICLEI in Europe News
April 2018

Dear Members, Partners and Friends of ICLEI,

We are pleased to send you the latest news on ICLEI in Europe and our partners for urban sustainability!

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  1. Does the rise of smart cities mean the end of privacy?
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. EcoProcura 2018 launches registration and extends call for contributions
  4. European regional networks of municipalities use procurement to save energy
  5. Newly released research will lead to a more resilient Europe
  6. Event news
  7. Event calendar

            1. Does the rise of smart cities mean the end of privacy?

            In recent years, the way companies such as Google and Facebook have handled data has come under increased scrutiny. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which Facebook users’ personal data was used to build individual psychological profiles that could be targeted by provocative political advertisements, have led many to question the cost of giving away data online, and the intent of the guardians of this information. This is particularly relevant for European cities as the momentum towards establishing “smart cities” continues apace. How can cities ensure that data is used appropriately?

            To read the full article, click here.
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            2. ICLEI Member News

            Alba-lulia partners with tech companies to develop smart city solutions

            ICLEI Member Alba-lulia (Romania) has partnered with technology companies to develop smart city solutions in recent years, with a particular focus on tackling climate change. As a result of these partnerships, Alba-lulia analyses air quality using the uRadMonitor, manages water and energy utilities using online platforms, and tracks energy consumption through the use of smart metres, sensors, network analysers and data concentrators.

            For more information, click here.
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            Oslo uses climate budget and procurement strategy to tackle emissions

            ICLEI Member Oslo’s (Norway) 2018 ‘climate budget’ has identified procurement as a key focus area. The wide-ranging environmental strategy aims to significantly reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and is complemented by Oslo’s comprehensive procurement strategy. Both plans are now available to download in English.

            For more information, click here.
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            Ghent, Lahti and Lisbon shortlisted for European Green Capital Award

            ICLEI Members Ghent (Belgium), Lahti (Finland) and Lisbon (Portugal) have been announced as finalists for the European Green Capital Award 2020. The shortlisted cities will now proceed to the final stage of competition, where they must present their overall commitment to sustainable urban development, their capacity to act as a role model to other cities, and their strategy for communicating and engaging with citizens.

            For more information, click here.
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            Sourced from Pixabay

            3. EcoProcura 2018 launches registration and extends call for contributions

            Registration is now open for the EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). EcoProcura 2018, marking 20 years of the conference series, will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations. The deadline for the call for contributions for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions has also been extended to 18 May 2018. Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit proposals online via the EcoProcura 2018 website.

            For more information, click here.
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            4. Newly released research will lead to a more resilient Europe

            54 partner organisations across five EU-funded projects recently came together to recommend new European Resilience Management Guidelines. Developed over the last three years, these guidelines have the potential to improve the security and safety of citizens and society. At a major event in Brussels (Belgium), these projects - Smart Mature Resilience, DARWIN, IMPROVER, RESILENS and RESOLUTE – launched the ‘White Paper on Resilience Management Guidelines for Critical Infrastructures,’ outlining key recommendations for European policy makers.

            For more information, click here.
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            5. European regional networks of municipalities use procurement to save energy

            Coordinated by ICLEI, the SPP Regions project has promoted the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities to jointly work on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI).  The project, which is now approaching its conclusion, saved 395,000 tCO2/year and primary energy totalling 1,425 GWh/year, as well as procuring 1,015 GWh of renewable energy across 39 tenders in seven countries, involving 31 contracting authorities.

            For more information, click here.
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            6. Event News

            EU Green Week

            For the first time, the EU Green Week (21-25 May) will not take place exclusively in Brussels (Belgium), but instead the opening ceremony will take place on 21 May in Utrecht (The Netherlands), the closing ceremony will take place on 25 May in Madrid (Spain) and the mid-week events will take place from 22-24 May in Brussels. During the opening event, ICLEI will organise two sessions as part of the plenary programme: a European Mayors' roundtable on nature-based solutions and a Young Councillors’ Debate on the future of green cities. ICLEI will also play an active role in the Brussels events from 22-24 May, speaking on topics such as sustainable public procurement, sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs) and green city transition. During the week, ICLEI will manage an interactive stand related to nature based-solutions and the 2018 Transformative Action Award.

            For more information, click here.

            Are you making the most of how smart your citizens are?

            What does digital transition mean for urban planning and participation? What experiences exist in ICT-enabled open governance? How can we improve knowledge, regulations and funding mechanisms across all levels of governance?

            On 29 May 2018 in Brussels (Belgium), CEMR and smarticipate partners invite you to discuss the questions above, share your experience and find out what next steps are available to your city or region. The event aims to bring together voices from local and regional governments, academia, national and EU level, as well as connect different communities active in the field, such as EU Urban Agenda Digital Transition partnership, JPI Urban Europe, EIP-SCC Citizen Focus, Digital Social Innovation and others.

            For more information, click here.

            European Sustainable Energy Week

            European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. ICLEI is organising two policy sessions to share its expertise and show best practices from the energy and smart city projects that it is involved in.

            On Wednesday 6 June, 16.00-17.30 (CET), ICLEI will moderate the session: "The contribution of energy smart solutions to social cohesion in cities". This session will look at the impact of smart energy solutions on social cohesion through the experience and best practices of European projects. On Thursday 7 June, 11:00-12:30 (CET), ICLEI will hold the session: “Shaping an integrated market for hot findings and cool solutions”. The interactive panel discussion will focus on discovering effective market tools, transferable practices, and cutting-edge heating and cooling solutions driving the decarbonisation of Europe's energy systems.

            For more information, click here.

            Inspiring Citizen-Driven Action for Nature-Based and Resilient Cities

            ICLEI and PAN Europe, in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will jointly hold a morning conference titled: "Inspiring Citizen-Driven Action for Nature-Based and Resilient Cities". This EU Green Week Partner Event will take place on Friday 8 June (9.00-13.00) at the EESC in Brussels (Belgium).

            How can transformative actions help to preserve nature in cities, strengthen local resilience, and ultimately increase the wellbeing of citizens? Are cities sufficiently empowered to enact the changes needed? These and other questions will be discussed in an interactive format with speakers from the European Commission, European Green Capitals and inspiring towns and networks from across Europe.

            For more information, click here.

            6th Informed Cities conference to focus on opening up the smart city

            The smarticipate project invites you to join more than 100 urban change makers from across Europe in Vienna (Austria) from 7 – 8 November for the 6th edition of the Informed Cities Forum. The event will gather a mix of urban innovators and activists, local government representatives, researchers, entrepreneurs, experts and policy specialists, allowing for a rich learning experience and exciting debates.

            The 2018 edition of the conference will explore how digital tools and platforms are transforming how we govern our cities. Building on the work of the smarticipate project and the City of Vienna’s inclusive smart city approach, the programme will critically examine this transformation from the perspective of different stakeholders. 

            For more information, download the Save the Date announcement.

            7. Event Calendar

            Transforming cities, enhancing wellbeing: innovating with nature-based solutions
            16-18 May 2018 – A Coruña (Spain)

            EU Green Week
            21-25 May 2018 – Utrecht (The Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium) and Madrid (Spain)

            Digital transition meets participatory governance
            29 May 2018 - Brussels (Belgium)

            European Sustainable Development Week
            30 May-5 June 2018 – Europe wide event

            European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)
            6-7 June 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)

            Inspiring Citizen-Driven Action for Nature-Based and Resilient Cities
            8 June 2018 - Brussels, Belgium

            ICLEI World Congress 2018
            19-22 June 2018 – Montréal (Canada)

            CIVITAS Forum 2018
            19-21 September 2018 – Umeå (Sweden)

            10th EcoProcura Conference - Sustainable and Innovation Procurement
              3-5 October 2018 – Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

            Local Renewables Conference 2018: Urban transformation to a Circular Economy
            24-26 October 2018 – Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland)

            6th Informed Cities Forum
            7-8 November 2018 – Vienna (Austria)

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