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ICLEI in Europe News
June 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. Nilüfer shares what winning the 2017 Transformative Action Award has meant to them
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. European Commission ready to collaborate with cities to drive innovation in the urban water sector
  4. Mayor Ashok Sridharan of Bonn elected ICLEI President
  5. EU Commission launch 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Awards
  6. Hamburg, London and Milan aim to regenerate deprived city districts with nature-based solutions
  7. ICLEI network united in Montréal to release new vision for the urban era
  8. Energy efficient renovation to be made accessible through a gamified online platform
  9. CIVITAS Awards 2018 open for applications
  10. Cities seek to bolster bioeconomy through open dialogue
  11. European Sustainable Energy Week saw strong ICLEI representation
  12. The future of green city financing under discussion at EBRD green cities framework seminar
  13. Viladecans is turning wastewater treatment into a bio-product recovery industry
  14. THERMOS launches new thermal energy planning software and Ambassador Programme to simplify and improve energy planning in cities
  15. Event News
  16. Event Calendar

            1. Nilüfer shares what winning the 2017 Transformative Action Award has meant to them

            An Interview with Ender Acel, Nilüfer Muncipality’s Innovation Center

            In 2017, Nilüfer (Turkey) won the first edition of the Transformative Action Award for their action which sought to increase civic engagement and participatory local democracy through Neighbourhood Committees, the Nilüfer Energy Cooperative and the Nilüfer Innovation Center. Six months after winning the award, we catch-up with Ender Acel from Nilüfer Muncipality’s Innovation Center to discuss what winning the award has meant to the city and what sustainability plans the city has in store.

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

            Heidelberg, Mannheim and Münster nominated for the German sustainability award

            ICLEI Members Heidelberg, Mannheim and Münster (Germany) were recently shortlisted for the German Sustainability award, in the category of ‘Germany’s most sustainable city’. The German Sustainability Award is the national award for excellence in sustainability, rewarding the achievements of cities and municipalities, businesses and researchers. With over 800 applicants, the prize is the largest of its kind in Europe.

            For more information, click here.
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            ICLEI Members Zagreb and Cascais to transform post-industrial zones into green hubs

            The cities of Zagreb (Croatia), Dortmund (Germany) and Turin (Italy) will harness the productive potential of key post-industrial areas with the involvement of local NGOs, community groups and residents as part of a new European-funded project “Productive Green Infrastructure for Post-industrial Urban Regeneration (proGIreg),” which was launched in Aachen (Germany) on 12 June 2018. “We are planning to reconstruct a former meat processing plant to create a new centre in the Sesvete area,” said Matija Vuger, Head of Section for International and Regional Projects, City of Zagreb. “The nature-based interventions will include urban gardens, a new cycle path, a modern business innovation hub with green walls and green roofs, and aquaponics agriculture.”

            For more information, click here.
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            Glasgow secures funding for innovative solar car park

            ICLEI Member Glasgow (United Kingdom) has secured 940.000 GBP from the European Commission to transform a city car park into a solar power centre. The project will see the building of a huge canopy of solar panels above the council-owned car park on Duke Street that will be primarily used to power ten charging points for electric vehicles. The project will also see the installation of a 500 kilowatt battery and a sophisticated controller that will allow for storage and sharing of the energy generated within the district captured via the solar panels. It is intended that the solar panel canopy, which will cover the equivalent of over 130 car parking spaces, will be fully operational by October 2019.

            For more information, click her­e.
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            ICLEI Member Lisbon awarded title of 2020 European Green Capital

            The 2020 European Green Capital Award has gone to ICLEI Member Lisbon (Portugal), while the title of 2020 European Green Leaf has been jointly awarded to the cities of Cornellà de Llobregat (Spain) and Horst aan de Maas (The Netherlands). The announcement was made by the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, at an awards ceremony in ICLEI Member city and current European Green Capital Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Speaking about the winning cities, Commissioner Vella said: “I am delighted to be awarding Europe’s green city awards for the eleventh time to a new champion of urban sustainability, and for the sixth and seventh time to smaller green cities”.

            For more information, click here.
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            3. European Commission ready to collaborate with cities to drive innovation in the urban water sector

            Veronica Manfredi, Director for Quality of Life at DG Environment of the European Commission set the scene for the water session which took place as part of EU Green Cities Summit, Brussels (Belgium), 22-24 May 2018. Pointing out that the national river basin management plans developed under the EU Water Framework Directive reveal that cities significantly add to the pressures on European river systems, Manfredi also recognised cities’ contributions to safeguarding Europe’s water resources as well as the need for further strengthening their capacity to act sustainably and efficiently.

            For more information, click here.
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            4. Mayor Ashok Sridharan of Bonn elected ICLEI President

            Mayor of Bonn (Germany), Ashok Sridharan was officially elected as ICLEI President for the 2018-2021 term. As ICLEI President, Mayor Sridharan of Bonn will lead the ICLEI network of more than 1,500 local and regional governments transforming our urban world. Mayor Sridharan is committed to sustainability leadership at home in Bonn and to sparking worldwide action. In Bonn, the motto of UN Bonn Shaping a Sustainable Future equally represents key guiding principles for the city: equitable local development, international cooperation and global advocacy – three areas where Mayor Sridharan is active and engaged.

            For more information, click here.
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            5. EU Commission launch 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Awards

            The European Commission has launched the competition and the search for the 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Awards. The European Green Capital Award (EGCA), now in its eleventh year, is awarded annually to a European city of over 100,000 inhabitants that has shown itself to be a leader in environmental, social and economic sustainability. The winner of the 2021 award will receive €350,000 to kick-start its year as a European Green Capital.

            For more information, click here.
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            6. Hamburg, London and Milan aim to regenerate deprived city districts with nature-based solutions

            The city of Hamburg (Germany) and a team of 33 other cities and organisations in Europe, South America and China launched the international European-funded CLEVER Cities project, 6-8 June, in Hamburg. Cities coordinate and lead the project and will use natural interventions, such as building new green spaces, to address social, economic and environmental problems. The cities will bring in local residents and businesses to collaboratively decide, design and build so-called ‘nature-based solutions’ in key districts affected by issues like high crime rates, social inequality, unemployment and child poverty.

            For more information, click here.
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            7. ICLEI network united in Montréal to release new vision for the urban era

            At the ICLEI World Congress in Montréal (Canada), the ICLEI Council announced a new strategic vision for tackling the development challenges of today’s urban era. The vision, outlined in the ICLEI Montréal Commitment, scales up ambition for sustainable development and charts a path towards systemic urban change. The commitment also formally retires the ICLEI 10 urban agendas and introduces integrated ICLEI pathways: a dynamic approach that positions local and regional governments to implement systemic change in their communities.

            For more information, click here.
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            8. Energy efficient renovation to be made accessible through a gamified online platform

            It has long been acknowledged that buildings are responsible for more than 40 percent of the total global energy consumption, but what steps can be taken to start reducing this figure? According to recent EU reports, every year only around 1.5 percent of buildings are being renovated to improve their energy efficiency. Additionally, often energy savings remain far from the near zero-energy building standard. To get the renovation ball of the European housing stock rolling, it is necessary to show that in fact not buildings use energy, but people, for their comfort at home or at work. Therefore, we need to understand their habits and practices in relation to energy use, as well as what influences and motivates them when they decide to renovate. To help achieve this, the TripleA-reno project, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme, which was kicked-off on 12-13 June, aims to make the process of deep-renovation attractive, acceptable and affordable to people in a straight-forward way.

            For more information, click here.
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            9. CIVITAS Awards 2018 open for applications

            Applications are open for this year's CIVITAS Awards; Europe’s top sustainable urban mobility prizes. Towns and cities have until 13 July 2018 to submit their entries and be in with a chance of winning Europe's most prestigious prizes for clean urban transport. The Awards provide a unique platform for towns and cities to demonstrate their pioneering sustainable urban mobility activities. Winning can lead to a town or city achieving Europe-wide exposure for its work and becoming a role model that inspires others.

            For more information, click here.
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            10. Cities seek to bolster bioeconomy through open dialogue

            Bioeconomy is focused on reducing dependency on limited fossil-based resources and ensuring healthy and secure food production and supply. Through promoting the sustainable production of renewable resources from land, fisheries and aquaculture, and their conversion into biobased products and bioenergy, bioeconomy hopes to tackle the key environmental, societal and economic challenges the world is currently facing. Public authorities have the potential to play a crucial role in this move toward a more circular biobased economy. However, the success of bioeconomy depends on the active collaboration of a broad range of stakeholders, including public authorities and procurers, industry players, researchers and civil society. To help promote this collaboration, the BIOVOICES project seeks to promote dialogue between local governments as well as research and industry actors, through a platform that enables the sharing of good examples and strengthens joint efforts to solve common challenges.

            For more information, click here.
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            11. European Sustainable Energy Week saw strong ICLEI representation

            The 13th European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which took place in Brussels (Belgium) 5-7 June 2018, saw strong ICLEI representation with ICLEI hosting two policy sessions and an exhibition stand to present best practices from energy and smart city projects. EUSEW is an annual event which brings together consumers and private and public stakeholders to promote clean energy initiatives. This year’s edition saw 64 sessions and more than 40 exhibition stands attracting over 2,500 on site participants, with a further 7,400 joining online.

            For more information, click here.
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            12. The future of green city financing under discussion at EBRD green cities framework seminar

            The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is scaling up its green finance as part of its Green Economy Transition approach, which seeks to increase the bank’s volume of green financing to 40 percent (roughly €4 billion) by 2020, participants at the recently held Green Cities Framework (GrCF) seminar in Stockholm (Sweden) heard. The EBRD will do so through the Green Cities Framework, which has been developed by ICLEI Europe together with the OECD. The Framework offers a comprehensive business model for green urban development, combining strategic planning with investments and associated technical assistance.

            For more information, click here.
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            13. Viladecans is turning wastewater treatment into a bio-product recovery industry

            To tackle global water scarcity and the expensive operation and maintenance cost of wastewater treatment, Viladecans, a municipality which forms part of ICLEI Member Diputació de Barcelona (Spain), is aiming to become a recycled water supplier through the INCOVER project, moving wastewater treatment from being a sanitation technology to a bio-product recovery industry.

            For more information, click here.
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            14. THERMOS launches new thermal energy planning software and Ambassador Programme to simplify and improve energy planning in cities

            The alpha version of the new thermal energy planning software, which aims to simply and improve energy planning in cities, was launched yesterday, 27 June, in Jelgava (Latvia) by the THERMOS project. The software, which was developed in close cooperation with cities, including ICLEI Member cities Warsaw (Poland), Cascais (Portugal), Berlin (Germany), and Alba Iulia (Romania), has been designed to meet the needs of local energy authorities and thermal planners. The software aims to reduce the considerable complexity and expenses cities face when planning local heat networks and to build capacities among energy planners to identify the most suitable option for their context.

            For more information, click here.
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            15. Event News


            EcoProcura 2018 breakout sessions confirmed


            The EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has confirmed the breakout sessions of its programme 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 interactive breakout sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss and identify ways of using procurement as an effective tool in the strategic decision making process of a public authority. Breakout sessions are planned for the first and second day of the conference, 3 October 16:20 – 18:00 and 4 October 14:00 – 15:40, respectively.

            For more information, click here.


            Prosumers in the EU Clean Energy Package and future national plans – What is key in 2018 and beyond?


            This Webinar, 18 September 2018, 10:30 – 12:30 CET, will provide general insights into current developments of the European Prosumer legislation. It will also provide guidance on certain national measures that will have to be adopted by Member States based on EU legislation. In particular, it will discuss how Prosumer views and interests could be included and expressed in the NECP and LTS.

            For more information, click here.

            16. Event Calendar


            Applicant workshop: 2021 European Green Capital Award (EGCA)
            2 July 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


            Putting the Basque Declaration into practice: Supporting city climate adaptation with the RESIN tools
            5 July 2018 – Bilbao (Spain)


            Prosumers in the EU Clean Energy Package and future national plans – What is key in 2018 and beyond?
            18 September 2018 – (Webinar)


            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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            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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