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ICLEI in Europe News
November 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. Ghent wins European sustainability award
  2. ICLEI Member News
  3. Cities across the world united in call to action for ‘nature and people’
  4. Open European Day becomes European Urban Resilience Forum
  5. ICLEI joins European Green Capital Network’s call for action for sustainable cities
  6. Consumers favour biodegradable plastic solutions, according to major survey
  7. Cities invited to endorse innovative cost-effective strategy on building renovations
  8. Call launched for cities to join next round of SUMPs-Up learning programme
  9. Event News
  10. Event Calendar

            1. Ghent wins European sustainability award

            Ghent (Belgium) was presented with the 2018 Transformative Action Award earlier this month for its work on transforming the city’s local food system through participative governance models, the use of food procurement and the creation of a food policy council. The award, co-organised by ICLEI, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Investment Bank, is given to a city, region or civil society organisation, which implements the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of their community.

            To read the full article, click here.
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            t: European Committee of the Regions

            2. ICLEI Member News

            Glasgow invests in eBikes

            ICLEI Member Glasgow (United Kingdom) has pledged to match a near £180,000 GBP funding award from Transport Scotland to help kick-start the city’s eBike revolution. The grant from Transport Scotland will allow for 63 electrically assisted eBikes to be introduced into the city. To ensure that essential infrastructure is in place for the eBikes to operate successfully, the council will commit a further £180,000 GBP to the project. This money will be spent on 83 eBike docking stations that will be installed at 21 of the existing hire locations already positioned around Glasgow.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Pixabay

            ICLEI Members in the running for the European Green Capital Award 2021

            The competing cities for the 2021 European Green Capital Award have been revealed, with four ICLEI Members among the nine cities in the running for the title. The ICLEI Members are: Lahti (Finland), Lille & Strasbourg (France) and Tirana (Albania). The European Green Capital Award was created to recognise and reward the achievements of pioneering cities in their efforts to improve the local environment and quality of life.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Pixabay

            Malmö to host knowledge exchange programme on sustainable procurement

            ICLEI Member Malmö (Sweden) will host a knowledge exchange programme from 6-8 March 2019, which will focus on contract management for strategic and sustainable public procurement. Together with contract managers from Malmö’s purchasing, cleaning and transport services, participants in the exchange will discuss market analysis before tender and go through the criteria for the evaluation of tenders.

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

            Bristol moves carbon neutrality target forward by 20 years

            In the wake of the latest IPCC report, which warned that humanity has 12 years to take emergency action in order to prevent global warming greater than 1.5°C, ICLEI Member Bristol (United Kingdom) has backed an ambitious new pledge for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030 - 20 years earlier than previously agreed.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Pixabay

            3. Cities across the world united in call to action for ‘nature and people’

            The 6th Global Biodiversity Summit of Local and Subnational Governments, an official parallel event to the 14th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 14) culminated on 24 November with the adoption of the Sharm El-Sheikh Communiqué for Local and Subnational Action for Nature and People, an urgent call to action for strengthened commitment to multi-level integration, collaboration and action to stem biodiversity loss and restore biodiversity health for the sake of people and nature

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Pixabay

            4. Open European Day becomes European Urban Resilience Forum

            Since 2013, the Open European Day has offered a unique exchange platform where city representatives and stakeholders from various local and regional institutions can come together to discuss strategies and actions for adapting to climate change and building urban resilience. Due to the success of the last years and the increasing relevance of the annual event, the organisers decided to create a stronger link between the title and the topic of the conference by renaming the event European Urban Resilience Forum.

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

            5. ICLEI joins European Green Capital Network’s call for action for sustainable cities

            In light of the latest IPCC assessment report, which states that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, ICLEI joined 18 cities from across Europe in signing a joint call for action to enhance sustainability in all cities around the world. Initiated by the members of the European Green Capital Network, which consists of winners and finalists of the European Green Capital Award, the call for action aims to inspire cities worldwide to become more sustainable and climate-resilient by creating a green movement. The call for action will be presented at the global climate conference COP24 in Katowice (Poland), 3-14 December 2018.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: City of Nijmegen

            6. Consumers favour biodegradable plastic solutions, according to major survey

            A survey, commissioned by European Funded plastics project CIRC-PACK, has shed light on the habits and expectations of some 10,000 European consumers when it comes to plastics and plastic packaging. The results of which were revealed today in a special circular packaging workshop at the CONAMA environment congress in Madrid (Spain).

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: CIRC-PACK Project

            7. Cities invited to endorse innovative cost-effective strategy on building renovations

            A new innovative, cost-effective strategy on building renovations has recently been launched and cities are invited to endorse it. The strategy, which has been launched by the ABRACADABRA project, aims to demonstrate the benefits associated with renovations based on AdoRe, intended as one, or a set of, assistant building unit(s), for example: aside or façade additions, rooftop extensions, or even an entire new building construction, which adopt the existing buildings - the assisted buildings.

            For more information, click here.
            Image copyright: Pixabay

            8. Call launched for cities to join next round of SUMPs-Up learning programme

            The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project has opened a call for cities to take part in its next SUMP Learning Programme (SLP). Up to 25 planning authorities have the chance to join SLP5, which will start in May 2019. This group of mobility practitioners will complete the Expert Group of 90 SUMP cities.

            For more information, click here.
            Image Copyright: CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project

            8. Event News


            COP 24: Katowice Climate Shift, Culmination of cities and regions at COP24
            Accelerating Transition to Delivery of the Paris Agreement Through Multilevel Climate Action


            As part of COP 24, ICLEI will co-host an event alongside The Global Covenant of Mayors, The Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, The European Committee of the Regions, and The European Commission, titled: Katowice Climate Shift, Culmination of cities and regions at COP24: Accelerating Transition to Delivery of the Paris Agreement Through Multilevel Climate Action. The event will take place 10 December 2018, 18:45 - 21:30.

            For more information, click here.


            Breakfast at Sustainability’s event invites participants to shape future of SUMP guidelines


            The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project will host an event within the Breakfast at Sustainability’s series on 12 December 2018 from 09.15 to 13.00 in Brussels (Belgium) as part of the process to revise the EU's Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning guidelines. 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.


            Upscaling Hydrogen Gensets in European Cities


            ICLEI Europe, in cooperation with the EVERYWH2ERE project, is organising a city-oriented workshop on “Upscaling Hydrogen Genets in European Cities”. The event, which will take place on 15 January 2019 from 13.00 to 17.30 in Brussels (Belgium), will highlight modern Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) technologies as clean alternatives to fossil fuel generators in providing energy for construction sites, festivals and other temporary urban events.

            For more information, click here.


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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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