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20 May 2010

Innovation and inspiration at Dunkerque 2010

Presentations by video link, an interactive debate with over 1,000 participants and an afternoon of diverse parallel sessions marked the opening day of the 6th Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference in Dunkerque (France).Participants enjoyed a day of informative presentations and the opportunity to...

19 May 2010

Dunkerque 2010 gets under way

The 6th European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference kicks off today with 1,500 participants descending on the city of Dunkerque (France) from 19 – 21 May. Three jam packed days lie ahead as the conference focuses on a variety of sustainable issues, touching upon international trends and local...

18 May 2010

Highlighting green urban development at Stockholm conference

From 19-20 October 2010 both international and Swedish professionals and city officials will be brought together at Building Sustainability, Stockholm 2010, a conference on cutting edge sustainable building projects. With Stockholm crowned the first European Green Capital by the European Commission,...

14 May 2010

Driving energy efficient central IT through public procurement

ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement team is involved in PrimeEnergyIT, a new European project co-funded by the European Commission.PrimeEnergyIT is designed to further enhance market development for energy efficient central IT, such as cooling, server, storage, power management and network equipment. Th...

12 May 2010

International Energy Agency predicts solar to generate 25 percent of world’s electricity by 2050

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar power could provide up to a quarter of the world's electricity needs by 2050, if countries put long-term policies in place to support early deployment and sustained technology innovation. On 11 May the IEA released technology roadmaps for sol...

11 May 2010

Draft political declarations presented to Dunkerque 2010 participants

With the 6th European Sustainable Cities and Towns Conference – Dunkerque 2010, just over a week away, the organisers and partners of the event have presented two draft political declarations to participants.The Dunkerque 2010 Local Sustainability Declaration pledges, “That the more than 1,000 l...

10 May 2010

Biodiversity set to reach tipping points

A major UN report has found that the Earth's ongoing nature losses may soon begin to damage national economies. The third Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), warns that some ecosystems may soon reach "tipping points" where they rapidly become less useful to humanity.These tipping points could inclu...

7 May 2010

Barcelona provides guidance on greening events

ICLEI member city Barcelona (Spain), has published two new guides on greening events. The city explains its own experiences, refers to other good practice cases and then provides detailed advice in the form of checklists which event organisers can easily use.The first publication, More Sustainable C...

6 May 2010

Barroso praises CIVITAS Initiative at Covenant of Mayors Ceremony

Mobility was one of the topics mentioned at the Covenant of Mayors Ceremony in Brussels (Belgium), on 4 May 2010. President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, discussed the important role of mayors, describing them as the “essence and spirit of the EU”.More than 500 towns and citi...