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28 November 2019

Nature-based solutions are key to European water security

A new report published by ICLEI, The Nature Conservancy, and EcoLogic Institute demonstrates how and why investing in nature-based solutions (NBS) is central to ensuring water security in Europe. Despite research, advocacy and policy initiatives, the quality of freshwater in Europe has not signific...

27 November 2019

ICLEI Europe on-the-ground at COP25

This December, countries from across the world will meet in Madrid (Spain) for the 25th Conference of the Parties of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25). Past meetings have led to landmark agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, which was the result of COP21. ICLEI i...

26 November 2019

German Sustainability Awards presented to leaders in environmental protection

The twelfth German Sustainability Awards were presented this week in Düsseldorf (Germany). The award recognises sustainability achievements in businesses, by municipalities, and in research. ICLEI Europe sat on the independent expert jury. The winners of the award for Cities and Towns, who had...

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...