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ICLEI in Europe News
March 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!

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  1. Giving citizens the tools to shape their city
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. Procurement strategies for sustainability in the spotlight at Procura+ seminar
  4. European cities are working against the clock to adapt to the new climate reality
  5. Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda take home European sustainable mobility awards
  6. CitiesIPCC marks new era for cooperation between science and cities on climate change
  7. Energy Governance takes centre stage at 2nd European Parliament Breakfast Policy Debate
  8. Call for cities to join next round of CIVITAS learning programme on SUMPs
  9. European cities face more extreme weather than previously thought
  10. Cities supported to implement sustainable energy action plans
  11. WinWind enhances socially inclusive wind energy
  12. Event news
  13. Event calendar

            1. Giving citizens the tools to shape their city

            “Citizen participation is one area the planning system is not managing very well,” says Euan Mills, Urban Futures Lead with Future Cities Catapult. “It’s here that technology can have the biggest impact. But it requires developers to understand in what way citizens participate.” Helping citizens to take part in the urban planning process is one of the EU-funded smarticipate project’s primary aims: at present, levels of citizen engagement in planning processes vary, but tend to be underwhelming. Euan believes that there is a significant portion of society that would get involved if the process was more inviting.

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

            Brussels to offer free public transport on high air pollution days

            In an attempt to cut levels of smog in the Belgian capital and to meet EU quotas, ICLEI Member Brussels (Belgium) will make public transport and city bikes free on days with high levels of air pollution. The measure, which is expected to come into force in summer, will allow passengers to travel on buses, trams and metros free of charge once two consecutive days of high air pollution have been registered in the city.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Sourced from Flickr



            Scotland’s first Low Emission Zone to be introduced in Glasgow before end of the year

            Proposals to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Glasgow (UK) by 2018 were agreed by the council’s City Administration Committee in September last year, with the city confident that it will be able to deliver on the project before the end of 2018. Since the decision, the council has engaged with stakeholders and major bus operators to outline the potential scope of the LEZ and to discuss how Scottish Government funding to retrofit the bus fleet will be used to deliver a compliant bus service.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Sourced from Flickr


            Ghent wins communicator award at first UN SDG Action Awards

            ICLEI Member Ghent (Belgium) was presented with the ‘communicator’ award for their campaign SDG Voices at the first United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Awards ceremony, which took place on 21 March in Bonn (Germany). The communication campaign challenged cities in Belgium to encourage residents to implement the SDGs in their daily lives. The awards honour initiatives and actions that work towards achieving the SDGS across the world.

            For more information, click here.
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            Sourced from Flickr

            3. Procurement strategies for sustainability in the spotlight at Procura+ seminar

            The city of Oslo‘s (Norway) Vice Mayor for Finance Robert Steen used the 15th Procura+ Seminar to highlight how innovative public procurement strategies can achieve ambitious targets at the city level. Vice Mayor Steen delivered an opening speech to more than 100 delegates at the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network‘s flagship seminar event hosted by Oslo, a long-term network participant. “Public procurement is one of the most powerful tools to lower emissions, and it can achieve its full potential through ambitious, coordinated strategies at the city and regional level,” said Mayor Steen.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Olav Heggø

            4. European cities are working against the clock to adapt to the new climate reality

            City council teams in Bratislava (Slovakia) and Manchester (UK) have teamed up with the cities of Paris (France), Bilbao (Spain), top European researchers,  and city network ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability to make their cities and critical infrastructures more resilient to the impacts of climate change. A new short film has been launched today showing how Manchester and Bratislava are working with a team of cities and scientists to help municipalities adapt to a rapidly-changing climate.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: RESIN Project

            5. Vienna, Igoumenitsa and Turda take home European sustainable mobility awards

            The European Commission announced the winners of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 and 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) at a ceremony in Brussels (Belgium) on 22 March 2018. Vienna (Austria) was named the winner of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2017 for larger municipalities, with Igoumenitsa (Greece) revealed as the inaugural winner of the newly added category for smaller municipalities. The 6th Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) was given to Turda (Romania).  The awards were presented to the cities by Commissioner Violeta Bulc, responsible for Transport, and Daniel Calleja, Director-General for Environment.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK

            6. CitiesIPCC marks new era for cooperation between science and cities on climate change

            A global climate research agenda was recently announced at the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference in Edmonton (Canada). ICLEI was among the CitiesIPCC partner organisations providing practical support to the conference. In an article published in Nature in the lead-up to the conference, the authors called on researchers and city authorities to extend the quantity and types of urban data collected.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: RESIN project

            7. Energy Governance takes centre stage at 2nd European Parliament Breakfast Policy Debate

            On Tuesday 20 February, ICLEI, alongside representatives of four other city networks, joined MEPs Claude Turmes and Theresa Griffin to discuss a wide range of topics related to energy governance. Mr. Turmes opened the debate and spoke about the important role local governments play in setting national and regional climate and energy plans, as well as in facilitating urban-rural partnerships on renewable energy sources.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: EUROCITIES

            8. Call for cities to join next round of CIVITAS learning programme on SUMPs

            Up to 40 planning authorities will have the chance to participate in the CIVITAS SUMPs Learning Programme (SLP) 3 and 4, which starts in September and December 2018 respectively. Together, these two groups of mobility practitioners will form the second Expert Group of SUMP cities. The six-month programmes combine knowledge transfer and testing and assessment with learning about concepts, approaches, tools, and methodologies for SUMP development.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: EUROCITIES

            9. European cities face more extreme weather than previously thought

            A landmark study shows the impact of flooding, droughts and heatwaves by 2050-2100 will exceed previous predictions. The research is the outcome of the recently-concluded RAMSES project, in which ICLEI worked with scientists and cities to deliver evidence of climate change impacts and the costs and benefits of adaptation measures. Published last week in the academic journal Environmental Research Letters, the study shows that heatwaves, drought conditions, and river flooding will increase in intensity.

            For more information, click here.
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            10. Cities supported to implement sustainable energy action plans

            Local authorities can avail of support to put their existing Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) into action through the EU-funded Compete4SECAP project, also known as C4S. The project promotes the adoption of standardised energy management systems in municipalities through the coordination of national competitions and peer-to-peer exchanges which steer the attention and involvement of local to national authorities in eight European countries.

            For more information, click here.
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            t: Compete4SECAP project

            11. WinWind enhances socially inclusive wind energy

            WinWind has officially launched its new website, showcasing the project's work to enhance the socially inclusive and environmentally sound market uptake of wind energy by increasing its social acceptance in wind energy scarce regions. The project explores barriers to wind energy uptake, strives to create region specific approaches and tailor made solutions, and transfers best practices to other wind energy scarce regions.

            For more information, click here.
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            t: Marcel De Grijs

            12. Event News


            EcoProcura 2018


            The EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has opened a call for contributions for four elements of its programme from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit ideas for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions by 30 April 2018.

            For more information, click here.


            Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities


            The fifth Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities, taking place on 25 April in Bonn (Germany), will bring together key adaptation actors from different organisations: Cities and city networks, regional and national governments, researchers, adaptation experts, and European representatives. Themes covered during the conference will include adaptation, resilience and cultural heritage, looking for the first time into the intersection of adaptation and culture. The Marketplace will return following the success of the format at the third Open European Day, providing a space for participants to network and brainstorm.

            For more information, click here.


            Local Renewables Conference


            The City of Freiburg (Germany), the City of Basel (Switzerland), and ICLEI Europe will host the Local Renewables Conference 2018, which will take place on 24-26 October 2018 in Freiburg and Basel. Some of the issues the conference will address include: how can we ensure that global energy goals, including the 2015 Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, will be reached? What is the potential of the circularity of local renewables? What transformation is needed in cities to shift to a circular economy?

            For more information, click here.

            13. Event Calendar


            Ports and the City - Smart and Healthy
            12-13 April 2018  – Nijmegen (The Netherlands)


            DGNB Seminar: Smart Cities – Vehicle for Sustainable Development?
            19 April 2018, 14:00-17:30 – Stuttgart (Germany)


            Agora Strategic Dialogue
            24-25 April 2018 – Bucharest (Romania)


            Open European Day at Bonn Resilient Cities
            25 April 2018 – Bonn (Germany)


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


            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 (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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            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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