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ICLEI in Europe News
January 2018 www.iclei-europe.org

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!

You can also read these news articles and find more information on the topics at www.iclei-europe.org.

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  1. ICLEI Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner reflects on the challenges and successes of 2017
  2. ICLEI Member news
  3. European cities could avoid up to 10,000 premature deaths by expanding cycling networks
  4. ICLEI congratulates Maimunah Sharif as the next Executive Director of UN-Habitat
  5. Bidding opens for the third VeloCittà Conference
  6. New report examines take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Europe
  7. Covenant of Mayors investment forum and ceremony set to take place in February
  8. Event news
  9. Event calendar

            1. ICLEI Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner reflects on the challenges and successes of 2017

            Dear Members, Partners, Colleagues and Friends, 

            I hope you all had a great start into 2018, and wish you health, happiness, and success for the year to come. 

            The turn of the year is a time when we tend to look back at the year that has passed and forward to the year ahead of us, often with hope and expectation, as well as good intentions. When looking back at last year’s message I realised that overall not much has changed in our world, at least not in a positive way. I think it is fair to state that most of the challenges have remained the same, or even grown in size. On the other hand, we have witnessed many great initiatives and achievements by our cities and urban regions, which contribute to keeping these challenges under control, and make our urban areas better places to live. 

            Following the positive developments of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement in 2015, and the shocks from Brexit and the US election in 2016, the past year seemed to be a year of re-orientation and adjusting to the new circumstances in global and European politics, exploring how to address the challenges on the global level without losing the momentum that had been created in 2015. The US president’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement was certainly not helpful in this respect, even though no further country was prepared to follow that line.

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

            Nijmegen takes on title of European Green Capital

            ICLEI Member Nijmegen (The Netherlands) officially took on the title of European Green Capital 2018 at a handover ceremony on 20 January. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, passed the title of European Green Capital from current holder Essen (Germany) to the Dutch city. “It is with great honour that I pass the title of European Green Capital to Nijmegen, the first Dutch city to win the award. Nijmegen has shown what true collaboration can achieve," said Commissioner Vella.

            For more information, click here.
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            Bristol expands access to sustainable heat and energy

            ICLEI Member Bristol (United Kingdom) has begun to expand existing heat networks, allowing more businesses and homes in the city to access low carbon, sustainable heat and energy. The existing network has already provided over 700 residents in social housing blocks with low carbon and affordable heat for their homes. Installation, which involves a large underground network of pipes, will coincide with planned road improvements in an attempt to minimise disruption.

            For more information, click here.
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            Zagreb welcomes city’s first underground waste separation containers

            Underground waste separation containers have been installed in ICLEI Member Zagreb (Croatia), enabling the hygienic separation of plastic, paper, glass, and textile waste. The first waste container, which has a capacity of 1,100 litres and costs around €19,000, is located on Kranjčevićeva Street in the old city centre. Since its installation a further two containers have been introduced in other central locations.

            For more information, click here.
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            3. European cities could avoid up to 10,000 premature deaths by expanding cycling networks

            A study published in the journal ‘Preventive Medicine’ has found that expanding designated cycling networks in cities could provide considerable health and economic benefits. The analysis of data from 167 European cities, carried out as part of the EU-funded Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA) project, estimates that if all the assessed cities achieved a 24.7 percent bicycle mode share, over 10,000 premature deaths could be avoided annually.

            To read the full article, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from the PASTA Project

            4. ICLEI congratulates Maimunah Sharif as the next Executive Director of UN-Habitat

            Maimunah Sharif, Mayor of Penang Island (Malaysia), and an active member of the ICLEI Global Executive Committee, has been appointed as the next Executive Director of UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. This is the first time an active ICLEI leader has been appointed to such a function.

            For more information, click here.
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            5. Bidding opens for the third VeloCittà Conference

            The bidding process for the third VeloCittà Conference for Cities and Bike Share is now open. The conference provides cities with good cycling practices whilst exploring the topic of bike sharing in the wider context of sustainable mobility and spatial planning. Cities interested in hosting the event are invited to review the Bidding Package and submit their application before 26 January 2018. Selection of the host city will take place on 28 February 2018.

            For more information, click here.
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            6. New report examines take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in Europe

            In some parts of Europe, Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) have yet to gain popularity. Knowledge exists within the SUMP community as to why this is the case, but until recently there had been no systematic, in-depth empirical assessment that collected comprehensive data on the issue. A new report from CIVITAS SUMPs-Up fills this gap. Based on a needs assessment that collected responses from mobility experts and over 300 cities, it examines SUMP take-up across the continent.

            For more information, click here.
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            7. Event News


            Thermos European Inspire Event: Affordable Smart Heating – Dream or Reality?


            This one day event, taking place on 25 January from 14.30-17.30, seeks to inspire those who want to make integrated heating and cooling systems a major part of their Smart Cities and Communities concept. The event will take place at the Permanent Representation of Romania, Rue Montoyer 12, Brussels (Belgium).

            For more information, click here.


            EU Covenant of Mayors investment forum and ceremony


            The EU Covenant of Mayors will hold an investment forum on financing climate adaptation, clean urban transport and energy efficiency in Brussels (Belgium) on 21 February. This will be followed by the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony on 22 February, a political event which has been running since 2008.

            For more information, click here.


            Breakfast at Sustainability’s: Boosting local progress in city resilience development


            The Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) project, which aims to enhance cities’ capacity to resist, absorb and recover from the hazardous effects of climate change, will hold a Stakeholder Workshop in Brussels (Belgium) on 7 March from 09.30-14.00 as part of the activities of its Tier 3 programme. The event will be held in the context of ICLEI's popular Breakfast at Sustainability's series. At the event, cities will receive training on the SMR city resilience decision support tools.

            For more information, click here.


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            The ICLEI in Europe newsletter is produced by the European Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Copies are available on request. Editor: Sean Carroll.

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