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ICLEI in Europe News
October 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 articles and find more information on the topics at www.iclei-europe.org.


Don't hesitate to send your news and information to sean.carroll@iclei.org.

  1. IPCC report is a wake-up call: We need serious transformation to achieve the 1.5-degree target
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. Local Renewables Conference calls for a rapid transformation to a circular economy to stop the slide towards climate catastrophe
  4. Bertrand Piccard challenges public authorities to buy better
  5. Florence based NGO receives special mention from European sustainability award for work with migrants
  6. “Win-Win for European Economy” – Procure2Innovate Network Officially Launched in the Netherlands
  7. New podcast explores SUMP challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities
  8. Increased participation leads to new EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK record
  9. Local citizens key to successful urban regeneration
  10. Europe’s Towns and Cities in Line for CIRC-PACK Benefits
  11. Event News
  12. Event Calendar

            1. IPCC report is a wake-up call: We need serious transformation to achieve the 1.5-degree target

            On 8 October 2018 in Incheon (South Korea) the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the leading international body mandated to assess climate change – released the Special Report on 1.5 Degrees, one of the most important scientific texts on climate change science released to date. Through the Paris Agreement, nations have committed to limit global warming to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, with the intention of remaining well below this target. The IPCC report outlines the likelihood and impacts of 1.5- and 2-degree warming scenarios.

            To read the full article, click here.
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            t: Pixabay

            2. ICLEI Member News

            Copenhagen to join Europe's top cycling cities to share and inspire excellence

            Cities are hubs of cycling innovation and expertise, yet this knowledge does not always reach other cities. HANDSHAKE, a new Horizon 2020-funded project under the CIVITAS Initiative, is seeking to change this. HANDSHAKE will support the take-up and transfer of successful cycling measures developed by three world-class cycling cities - ICLEI Member Copenhagen (Denmark), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Munich (Germany) - to 10 other EU cities.

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

            ICLEI Members secure European Commission funding to implement innovative projects

            The European Commission has recently announced the winning cities of the third call for projects under the Urban Innovative Actions, a funding mechanism which provides EU cities with resources to finance projects that aim to achieve concrete solutions to common urban challenges. Of the 22 cities to be awarded funding, Barcelona (Spain) received funding for a project focusing on adaptation to climate change, Brussels and Ghent (Belgium) received funding for their projects on housing, and Vantaa (Finland) received funding for a project aiming to boost jobs and skills in the local economy.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Pixabay

            Barcelona and Rotterdam announced as winners at 2018 Procura+ awards ceremony

            The biggest successes in public procurement were honoured earlier this month at the EcoProcura conference in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, with top class projects in sustainability and innovation winning the 2018 Procura+ Awards.  ICLEI Members Barcelona (Spain) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and the Government of Flanders, were winners amid strong competition from other European cities, regions and national authorities.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Gerard Verschooten

            Ghent and Rotterdam share climate adaptation progress during European Week of Cities and Regions

            Just days after the IPCC published its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, setting a new urgency for climate action within the next 12 years, ICLEI Europe welcomed over 100 representatives of municipalities, European institutions and researchers to the conference “Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures 2018” in Brussels (Belgium). During the conference, a representative of ICLEI Member city Ghent (Belgium) and climate experts of the European-funded RESIN project discussed how work on climate adaptation in European cities has progressed over the past three years.  

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

            3. Local Renewables Conference calls for a rapid transformation to a circular economy to stop the slide towards climate catastrophe

            The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) marks the strongest international warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. Limiting this increase to 1.5ºC requires rapid and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.  In this context, the ninth Local Renewables Conference took place in Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland) from 24-26 October, seeing 160 participants from 28 countries discuss urban transformation to a circular economy.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: ICLEI Europe

            4. Bertrand Piccard challenges public authorities to buy better

            EcoProcura 2018, the international conference on sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation procurement, was held earlier this month in European Green Capital Nijmegen (The Netherlands), showing how procurement can evolve as a policy tool to achieve strategic objectives and targets. The three-day conference, which took place in conjunction with the Dutch National Annual Sustainable Procurement Conference (MVI Congress), began with an inspirational speech from Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Chairman and Initiator of the Solar Impulse Foundation, who called on procurers to become today’s pioneers and explorers. “It is not easy to do things differently. Today the challenge is not technology. It is psychology,” said Piccard.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Gerard Verschooten

            5. Florence based NGO receives special mention from European sustainability award for work with migrants

            Associazione Amici del Nidiaci in Oltrarno Onlus, Florence (Italy) was recently honoured with a special mention by the jury of the 2018 Transformative Action Award for their work on the inclusion and integration of immigrant families in their local community. The special mention came in advance of the award ceremony, which will take place on 15 November in Brussels (Belgium).

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: ICLEI Europe

            6. “Win-Win for European Economy” – Procure2Innovate Network officially launched in The Netherlands

            Procure2Innovate, the strategic innovation procurement network funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, was officially launched at the EcoProcura conference in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Procure2Innovate is an ambitious four-year project which aims to create a lasting European network of expertise in innovation procurement. 

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Gerard Verschooten

            7. New podcast explores SUMP challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities

            All towns and cities developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) deal with difficulties. Yet their nature differs: the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized cities are not the same as their larger counterparts.  A new podcast from the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project sheds light on the SUMP situations in a series of such locations from across Europe.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: CIVITAS SUMPS-Up

            8. Increased participation leads to new EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK record

            EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has hit a new participation record, with almost 2,800 towns and cities taking part in 2018. A full list of participants can be viewed online. This impressive figure marks the third record-breaking year in a row for the campaign. The geographic reach of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK has also expanded, with towns and cities from 54 countries participating, including several from outside of Europe.

            For more information, click here.
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            t: City of Vilnius, Lithuania

            9. Local citizens key to successful urban regeneration

            "If an administration would like to be successful, it needs to work with civil society; the people who live in a quarter are the experts of that quarter," said Lord Mayor of Dortmund (Germany), Ullrich Sierau, as he welcomed participants to a conference on nature-based solutions and urban regeneration, which took place recently in his city. The conference, which sought to introduce and explore how nature-based solutions can be used to regenerate urban areas, acted as the kick-off conference for the proGIreg project.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Lucy Russell 

            10. Europe’s towns and cities in line for benefits from new plastic packaging project

            As part of the European Union’s circular economy objectives, the CIRC-PACK project is applying new innovations to plastic packaging design (to improve sorting and recycling) and supporting the production of new, bio-based, biodegradable plastics from renewable resources – as opposed to finite fossil fuels. It is hoped the innovations will ‘close the loop’ on plastics in the environment, and go some way to alleviating Europe’s plastic problem.

            For more information, click here.
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            t: Mihail Ribkin

            11. Event News


            Explore how digital tools shape urban governance at the 6th Informed Cities Forum


            Are you looking for new ideas, tools and partners to help you change your city? Join more than 100 urban change-makers from across Europe in Vienna (Austria) for the 6th edition of the Informed Cities Forum. The event will bring together 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, taking place from 7-8 November, will explore how digital tools and platforms are transforming how we govern our cities, with a particular focus on the smarticipate platform

            For more information, click here.


            28th Breakfast at Sustainability's
            SUMP 2.0: Creating the new Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning Guidelines


            The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project will host an event on 12 December 2018, 09.15 - 13.00, in Brussels (Belgium) as part of the process to revise the EU's Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning Guidelines. This also forms part of ICLEI's long-running Breakfast at Sustainability's (B@S) series. For local, national and European level officials working on SUMPs, this represents a prime opportunity to make a crucial contribution to improving the next generation of SUMP Guidelines and shape EU mobility policy.

            For more information, click here.


            Join ICLEI at the 3rd European nutrient event to discuss turning bio-based fertilisers into business opportunities


            As part of the 3rd European Nutrient event taking place in Rimini (Italy) from 8-9 November, ICLEI will host a roundtable titled ‘Growing sustainable business opportunities with bio-based fertilisers.’ The event will focus on phosphorus and nutrient recycling and management in Italy, the Mediterranean region and in EU research, development and innovation. 

            For more information, click here.


            ENABLE Webinar#2
            How to create just, equitable and accessible green and blue spaces in cities


            The ENABLE Webinar#2 “How to create just, equitable and accessible green and blue spaces in cities”, taking place on 19 November 2018 from 16.00-17.00 CET, will provide an opportunity to learn from the project's research and city experiences in equitably embedding green and blue infrastructure in urban planning and development.

            For more information, click here.

            12. Event Calendar


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


            3rd European nutrient event
            8-9 November 2018 – Rimini (Italy)


            Smart City Workshop and City-Business Dialogues - Smart City Expo World Congress
            13 November – Barcelona (Spain)


            2018 Transformative Action Award Ceremony
            15 November 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


            Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage
            15-16 November – Brussels (Belgium)


            ENABLE Webinar#2
            19 November, 16:00-17:00 CET – Webinar


            28th Breakfast at Sustainability's
            SUMP 2.0: Creating the new Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning Guidelines

            12 December 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


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