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18 November 2019

Smart Mature Resilience project wins two awards for exceptional standardisation activities

The Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) project has received first prize at two award ceremonies this month for its innovative and effective standardisation activities. SMR, which concluded in 2018, used a holistic approach to develop Resilience Management Guidelines to support urban decision-makers in de...

7 November 2019

ICLEI Regional Director challenges cities to dare to try new approaches

There is great potential for local governments to use public procurement to strengthen their work on climate change and sustainability. Green and socially responsible public procurement are key tools laid out in the German governments’ Sustainability Agenda to achieve its climate targets. How...

6 November 2019

ICLEI Members win German climate action awards

ICLEI Member Freiburg (Germany) is among the winners recently announced at the German “Klimaaktiv Kommune 2019” awards (“Climate Active Communities” awards). Freiburg was recognised for their urban climate adaptation concept, which builds resilience against heat stress and is...

30 October 2019

Why is social innovation crucial for the energy transition?

Facing the dire threats of climate change, public authorities are under increasing pressure to play a leading role in driving the move towards a low-carbon society. A recent policy brief produced by the SMARTEES project and titled “Policy Brief: Social Innovation in the Energy Transition in A...

28 October 2019

Multi-level stakeholder involvement as crucial to the energy transition

There is clear ambition among representatives from local to European levels for Europe to raise the bar and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. This requires discussion on how to decarbonise Europe’s energy supply – both within and with its regions, cities and citizens – and nec...

25 October 2019

Innovative urban actors invited to a summit for smarter cities

ICLEI Member Helsingborg (Sweden) has put forth a vision of being one of Europe’s most innovative cities by 2022. The city is ready to bring other global leaders along with them, to challenge and support each other in implementing innovative urban solutions. In the lead-up to 2022, Helsingbor...

24 October 2019

Finalists announced for prestigious European sustainability award

Initiatives from ICLEI Member Berlin (Germany), as well as from Leuven (Belgium) and Lousada (Portugal) were announced today as the finalists for the prestigious 2019 Transformative Action Award. The award recognises “Transformative Actions” that make use of the 15 pathways outlined in ...

23 October 2019

Join us in Mannheim to drive transformative change for a sustainable and resilient Europe

For the past 25 years, ICLEI Europe has hosted the flagship European Sustainable Cities and Towns conference series. The series has led to ground-breaking commitments and milestones in support of local governments driving sustainable development, including the Aalborg Charter (1994), Aalborg Commitm...

17 October 2019

New open access 'Learning Centre' launched to support district heating system improvements

On the occasion of the 2019 CELSIUS Summit on thermal energy systems of the future, taking place today and tomorrow (17-18 October) in ICLEI Member Brussels (Belgium), the KeepWarm project has announced the launch of an online Learning Centre on improving the performance of district heating systems....