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ICLEI in Europe News
July 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.

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

  1. Shaping the future through strategic procurement: 20 years of EcoProcura
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. Applications for 2018 Transformative Action Award closing soon
  4. Public authorities engage suppliers on socially responsible ICT
  5. EU Commission launch 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Awards
  6. ICLEI pushes for climate neutrality, EU cities call on European Commission to raise ambition
  7. European cities invited to share their views on public procurement
  8. Application deadline for two categories of CIVITAS Awards 2018 closes soon
  9. EC Launches public consultation on urban waste water treatment directive
  10. European local and regional governments meet in New York to discuss implementing SDGs
  11. EcoProcura 2018 to collaborate with FSC
  12. Basque municipalities launch report on contribution to SDGs
  13. Event News
  14. Event Calendar

            1. Shaping the future through strategic procurement: 20 years of EcoProcura

            An Interview with Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre

            EcoProcura is an international conference series, which ICLEI started in 1998 with the aim to promote exchange and dialogue among purchasers from all levels of government, suppliers, policy-makers and multipliers on strategies and the latest practical solutions on sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation procurement.

            Now in its twentieth year, we sit down with Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, who reflects on 20 years of EcoProcura and the repositioning of public procurement from background necessity to strategic tool for achieving sustainable, circular and innovation-related goals.

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

            Ghent awarded title of EU Fair and Ethical Trade City

            The City of Ghent (Belgium) was recently announced as the winner of the first EU Fair and Ethical Trade City Award at an award ceremony in Brussels (Belgium). The award, which was launched in December of last year, is an initiative of the European Commission, which the Directorate-General for Trade (DG Trade) launched as a commitment to its "Trade for all" communication on trade and investment policy, published in 2015. The award recognises and supports local initiatives currently taking place in European cities to encourage fair and ethical trading practices.

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

            Turku aims to be carbon neutral by 2029

            ICLEI Member Turku (Finland) has launched a new Climate Plan, which seeks to make the city carbon neutral by 2029 and end the use of coal in energy production by 2025. One of the ways the city hopes to reach this goal is through introducing new sustainable urban mobility measures. The plan aims to halve travel-related emissions by 2029. To achieve this, the city seeks to improve the conditions for cycling and walking, as well as creating a culture of sustainable mobility. Public transport in the city will also be turned into a completely carbon neutral service.

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

            Mannheim signs MoU supporting goal of Chongqing freight connection

            This July saw a significant development in the IUC programme pairing between the ICLEI Member City of Mannheim (Germany) and the city of Chongqing (China), with Mannheim signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chongqing-based Yuxinou Logistics Company for the creation of a direct cargo railway line between the two cities. The signing took place during an official visit by a delegation from Chongqing to the German city. The Mayor of Mannheim, Dr Peter Kurz, emphasised that as a water, road and rail hub, Mannheim is one of the most important business locations in Europe.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Stadt Mannheim

            Dunkirk to offer free bus fares from September

            In an attempt to increase the rate of public transport usage in the city to 10 percent by 2020, ICLEI Member Dunkirk (France) will offer free bus fares across their network, which will come into effect from 1 September 2018. In order to celebrate and promote the initiative, the city will host a conference on free public transport from 3-4 September 2018.

            For more information, click her­e.
            Image Copyright: Communauté Urbaine de Dunkerque

            3. Applications for 2018 Transformative Action Award closing soon

            With applications for the 2018 Transformative Action Award closing on 31 July, don’t miss your chance to win €10,000 and become recognised as a leader of sustainable urban transformation in Europe. The award, co-organised by ICLEI, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Sourced from Mannheim, Germany. Shortlisted candidate TAaward17

            4. Public authorities engage suppliers on socially responsible ICT

            Public authorities and businesses from across Europe are invited to attend a live market engagement event on procurement needs and solutions for social responsibility and transparency in information and communication technology (ICT) supply chains. The event is set to take place 3 October 2018 in European Green Capital Nijmegen (The Netherlands), alongside the 2018 EcoProcura conference. Public authorities will have the opportunity to inform suppliers of their procurement needs and upcoming procurement plans for ICT, which includes large contracts for smartphones, laptops and PCs, and servers.

            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 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. The European Green Leaf Award (EGLA) is open to towns and cities with between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, to recognise and promote their efforts towards better environmental management and outcomes. The winner of the 2020 award will receive €75,000 to support its activities throughout its European Green Leaf year.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from European Union, 2017

            6. ICLEI pushes for climate neutrality, EU cities call on European Commission to raise ambition

            The new ICLEI vision for the urban era – the ICLEI Montréal Commitment and Strategic Vision – adopted by the ICLEI Council, calls on ICLEI Members to aim for climate neutrality in government infrastructure and operations before mid-century. “We need more cities worldwide to go climate neutral,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI. “Climate neutrality in the municipal operations and infrastructure is an essential step for full delivery of the Paris Agreement. Cities of all sizes and on any continent can take on this challenge and move us closer towards a climate-neutral world.” ICLEI Members like Stockholm (Sweden), Paris (France) and Barcelona (Spain) have already set ambitious climate neutrality targets, and have even called upon the European Commission directly to adopt the Paris Agreement targets as the goals of its long-term strategy on emissions reduction.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from C40 Cities

            7. European cities invited to share their views on public procurement

            The Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement Partnership is inviting cities, regions, individuals and organisations to provide feedback on the work it has done so far. The Partnership, operated through the EU’s Urban Agenda, focuses on three thematic areas: procurement strategy and how to manage strategic procurement, building high potential procurer-market relationships, and legal guidance in the field of innovative and sustainable procurement, for which it put forward a Draft Action Plan on tackling bottlenecks and creating opportunities. The consultation, closing on 5 August, is a unique opportunity for the public to contribute to the Draft Action Plan.

            For more information, click here.
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            8. Application deadline for two categories of CIVITAS Awards 2018 closes soon

            Cities are invited to submit applications to the "CIVITAS Legacy" and “Take-Up" categories of the CIVITAS Awards 2018. The application period for both categories will close 31 July 2018. The "CIVITAS Legacy" award rewards a town or city that has translated its commitment to the CIVITAS network and sustainable mobility into high-impact, innovative measures, while the “Take-Up” award recognises those who have successfully transferred their knowledge and sustainable urban mobility measure(s) to another town/city. The CIVITAS 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.
            Image copyright: Sourced from CIVITAS

            9. EC Launches public consultation on urban waste water treatment directive

            The European Commission (EC) are inviting citizens, organisations, cities and relevant stakeholders to share their views on how the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive has affected urban water collection and treatment across the European Union (EU). The Urban Waste Water Treatment directive was created with the aim to protect the environment from the adverse effects of waste water discharges from urban areas and certain industrial sectors. The recently launched consultation, which is taking place in parallel with the fitness check on the water framework directive, will assess the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value of the directive since its entry into force 25 years ago.

            For more information, click here.
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            10. European local and regional governments meet in New York to discuss implementing SDGs

            On Monday 16 July, European local and regional leaders met at the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum, the key event that brought local and regional voices together at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York (USA). Local and regional voices at the HLPF are particularly strong. They are contributing to the review of SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities, and have already convened at the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum, an official HLPF special event. This forum highlighted the experiences of local and regional governments in implementing the SDGs, and explored how they can use SDG 11 as a central lever for achieving other goals. Throughout the HLPF, local leaders stressed the importance of localising the implementation of the SDGs in order to achieve Agenda 2030.

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

            11. EcoProcura 2018 to collaborate with FSC

            EcoProcura 2018 is proud to announce that it will collaborate with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on its 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement, which is taking place 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). FSC is a global not-for-profit organisation that sets the standards for what is a responsibly managed forest, both environmentally and socially. During the conference, the FSC will host a breakout session titled ‘The building blocks of sustainability: Procuring bio-based materials and other circular solutions for construction’, which will explore how circular innovations can be translated into technical procurement approaches.

            For more information, click here.
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            t: Sourced from European Union, 2017

            12. Basque municipalities launch report on contribution to SDGs

            In a recently published report, ICLEI Member Udalsarea 21 analyses the contribution made by the Basque municipalities in their network to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Udalsarea 21 is a Basque network of municipalities working on sustainability policies and projects. Founded in 2002, the network is comprised of 185 of the 251 municipalities in the Basque Country. The recently published report, which was presented at the High Level Political Forum in New York (USA), 9-18 July 2018, analyses the regions contribution towards the SDGs.

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

            13. Event News


            CIVITAS Forum 2018 releases draft programme


            The draft programme for the upcoming CIVITAS Forum, set to take place 19-21 September in Umeå (Sweden), has recently been released. Spanning three days, the programme features over 25 parallel sessions, split into two types: thematic and take-up transfer sessions. The thematic sessions will focus on the most urgent current mobility topics and provide participants with the opportunity to discover and discuss outstanding examples of work across and beyond the CIVITAS Initiative. The take-up and transfer sessions will offer a prime opportunity for participants to get hands-on with and experience cutting-edge urban mobility tools and methods in action.

            For more information, click here.

            14. Event Calendar


            Bad plastics, good plastics: Can PHA from wastewater reverse the trend? An expert discussion on the market for PHAs
            18 September 2018 – (Webinar)


            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, Circular and Innovation Procurement
            3-5 October 2018 – Nijmegen (The Netherlands)


            Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures 2018
            9 October 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


            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.

            Comments and questions are welcome - please write to Sean Carroll at information.services@iclei.org, Leopoldring 3, 79098 Freiburg, Germany,Tel: +49-761/36 89 2-0, www.iclei-europe.org.


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