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ICLEI in Europe News
May 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. An irreversible trend: Local Renewables looks to the future of clean energy
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. 2018 Transformative Action Award winner to receive a prize of €10,000
  4. Climate change adaptation practice is stopping short: it’s time to work on real-life consequences
  5. Cities share benefits of taking a collaborative approach to resilience at Bonn event
  6. Showcase your work at the CIVITAS Forum 2018 - Application deadline today!
  7. Local authorities urged to join EU process for improving quality of life in cities at Bonn event
  8. Cities are coming together to make the journey towards a resilient future
  9. Putting the Basque Declaration into practice: implementation event to be held in Bilbao
  10. Is standardisation useful for climate adaptation?
  11. Event News
  12. Event Calendar

            1. An irreversible trend: Local Renewables looks to the future of clean energy

            One of the most common criticisms of renewable energies is that their “lack of reliability” means that, at best, they can act as a supplement - a green addition to the real power generated by fossil fuels and nuclear energy. This talking point, often used by opponents of renewables, states that as wind cannot be summoned on command and as sunlight is not available 24 hours a day, coal, oil, and nuclear fission are needed to provide stable energy in an always-on society. This type of thinking is well refuted by Holger Robrecht, Deputy Regional Director with ICLEI Europe. “By and large, it’s a false argument,” he says.

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

            Kadıköy annual environmental festival to focus on water

            ICLEI Member Kadiköy (Turkey) will host their annual environment festival from 31 May - 3 June 2018, which this year will focus on the topic of water. Around 20,000 visitors and almost 100 people from NGOs, local initiatives, and universities took part in last year’s Çevre Festival, which examined how collective action can address issues such as climate change, energy and water efficiency, and the protection of nature.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Pixabay


            Zaragoza launches awareness campaign to reduce water consumption in the city

            ICLEI Member Zaragoza (Spain), in collaboration with ECODES (Ecology and Development Foundation), has launched an awareness campaign to reduce water consumption in the city. After several years of continued decline in the rate of water consumption in the city, Zaragoza has started to see an increase, with a rise to 99.6 litres per inhabitant per day recorded in 2016. Although this is far from the national average of 132 litres per inhabitant per day, the city is seeking to curtail the increase through awareness raising campaigns.

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

            Vicenza takes an eco-sustainable and innovative approach to the maintenance of urban green spaces

            ICLEI Member Vicenza (Italy) has begun to approach the maintenance of green areas and historic parks in the city centre in a more eco-sustainable and innovative way, through a new initiative called AIM Amcps. The initiative uses technologically advanced electrical equipment for the maintenance of urban green spaces, which are able to minimise emissions and noise pollution. Sensors on the equipment collect machine usage data and information on the level of vibrations absorbed by the operator, ensuring the maintenance equipment is managed efficiently.

            For more information, click here.
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            Sourced from Flickr

            Parisians to vote on energy plan that supports carbon neutrality

            From 25 May – 3 June, inhabitants of ICLEI Member Paris (France) will be invited to vote on the city’s ambitious new climate, air and energy plan which aims to help make Paris a carbon neutral city. The city hopes to achieve this aim through implementing actions such as renovating buildings, promoting green finance, encouraging sustainable urban mobility, and boosting renewable energy.

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

            3. 2018 Transformative Action Award winner to receive a prize of €10,000

            The winner of the 2018 Transformative Action Award will receive a prize of €10,000. The funding, which was announced during the "Great awards for great cities: does your city have what it takes?" session at EU Green Week, will help to initiate further transformative actions in the winner’s city or region. The award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, 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: Mannheim, Germany TAaward17 Shortlisted Candidate

            4. Climate change adaptation practice is stopping short: it’s time to work on real-life consequences

            Those in the climate change adaptation community have largely used ‘vulnerability’, or the propensity to be affected by hazard, as their frame for understanding and responding to climate change. A new research paper in Sustainability calls on climate change practitioners in cities to shift their focus away from ‘vulnerability’ and onto ‘risk’. The authors write that, “by labelling people and places as ‘vulnerable’, a passive attitude may be adopted to climate change. Similarly, the negative framing overlooks the importance of local culture and underlying resilience, particularly in non-western nations. In short, a vulnerability frame can promote inaction.”

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Sourced from the RESIN project

            5. Cities share benefits of taking a collaborative approach to resilience at Bonn event

            The cities of the Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) project met for the closing occasion of SMR’s successful Tier 3 city programme in Bonn (Germany) and shared their opinions on why a collaborative approach to resilience works best. “The most important thing we learned [through the SMR project] is the holistic approach… how to cooperate with internal stakeholders, external stakeholders and how we all together move forward,” said Silje Solvang, City of Kristiansand (Norway). “When you work together and cooperate together, the outcome is resilience.”

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Sourced from the SMR Project

            6. Showcase your work at the CIVITAS Forum 2018 - Application deadline today!

            Guarantee your place at, submit proposals for, and apply to become a sponsor or exhibitor at the CIVITAS Forum 2018. This year's edition of the event is taking place from 19-21 September in Umeå (Sweden). Over three days, hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners will gather to debate pressing topics surrounding sustainable urban mobility and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops and sessions on the most urgent issues in mobility, enjoy interesting site visits, and mingle with the most creative mobility minds in Europe. Attendance is free of charge. The submission deadline is today.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Patrik Trägårdh

            7. Local authorities urged to join EU process for improving quality of life in cities at Bonn event

            The municipalities of Bologna and Genoa (Italy) and the European Investment Bank called for the local governments that met at the Open European Day event in Bonn (Germany) to contribute to the European Urban Agenda by participating in the EU Partnerships on Adaptation and on Land Use Planning and Nature-Based Solutions. Giovanni Fini, City of Bologna, said: “The main aim of the partnership is to contribute to the forthcoming European policies on urban development.” Stefania Manca of Genoa Municipality, Coordinator of the Climate Adaptation Partnership Urban Agenda, said: “In the field of climate adaptation, our main focus is on Climate Resilience, vulnerability assessment and risk management. We are at the Open European Day to spread the work of the partnership, to help us involve more cities in the process of the public consultation of the plan foreseen after June 2018.”

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from Open European Day

            8. Cities are coming together to make the journey towards a resilient future

            A new video shows the journey of seven cities towards a resilient future. Climate scenarios of increasing storms, floods and heat waves have lately become a reality and are putting citizens’ health and lives at risk as a result of climate change. Human-made disasters such as terrorist attacks used to happen every few years in European cities and are now occurring several times a year. Local governments need to prepare their infrastructure for the worst in order to protect their communities, but these challenges transcend national borders and city limits.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: Sourced from the SMR project

            9. Putting the Basque Declaration into practice: implementation event to be held in Bilbao

            Since hundreds of cities from over 40 countries first endorsed the Basque Declaration two years ago at the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Bilbao (Spain), commitment to the Declaration has been gaining momentum. New signatories are joining the movement and cities are taking action to transform their communities for a more sustainable future. The Basque Declaration highlights the need to adapt to climate change, improve public space, protect water resources and air quality and enhance ecosystem services, and the Declaration provides pathways towards this transformation.

            For more information, click here.
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            t: Sourced from Ihobe/Gobierno Vasco

            10. Is standardisation useful for climate adaptation?

            Standardisation is most commonly associated with safety regulations, and technical equipment such as mobile phone chargers, but is becoming increasingly relevant to people-centred processes, such as management. Just as standardising a mobile phone charger ensures high quality and transferability, standardisation of soft processes supports collaboration as part of much more complex processes. Planning a city to adapt to climate change involves the intersection of a number of complex systems. Standardisation is one way in which municipalities and local councils can create a common language so that they can use the same methods and software as one another for a process as specific as climate change adaptation.

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

            11. Event News


            Local Renewables 2018 launches registration


            Registration is now open for the Local Renewables Conference, taking place in Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland) from 24 - 26 October 2018. The programme reflects the importance of putting cities and regions at the centre of making energy more secure, affordable and sustainable, and the growing need to transform from a linear to a circular economy to take full advantage of renewable resources. Those who register before 1 August 2018 can take advantage of the reduced early-bird fee.

            For more information, click here.


            ICLEI World Congress 2018


            The ICLEI World Congress 2018, in Montréal (Canada) from 19 - 22 June, organised by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and Ville de Montréal, will bring together hundreds of mayors, governors, city staff members, international organisations, business leaders and researchers to share their ideas, successes and challenges in advancing sustainable urban development worldwide. Held every three years, the ICLEI World Congress is among the top platforms for peer-to-peer exchange on the latest ideas and innovations designed to advance sustainable development in our urban world. Together, participants will examine key issues and solutions - from the circular economy to nature-based solutions and systemic resilience - set to play a key role in the development of our cities and regions.

            For more information, click here.

            12. Event Calendar


            European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)
            6-7 June 2018 – Brussels (Belgium)


            Inspiring Citizen-Driven Action for Nature-Based and Resilient Cities
            8 June 2018 - Brussels (Belgium)


            ICLEI World Congress 2018
            19-22 June 2018 – Montréal (Canada)


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


            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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