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13 July 2020

Joint statement from ICLEI, C40, UCLG and GCoM on the passing of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon

ICLEI, other global city networks, and our Members are deeply saddened by the passing away of Mayor Park Won-soon and we extend our sincere condolences to his family, to the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the residents of Seoul. As former ICLEI President and the founder of our Global Lead City N...

7 July 2020

The Future of Public Spending

It is rare for public procurement to make the headlines. But, as the COVID-19 pandemic sent public authorities around the world scrambling to secure supplies of everything from ventilators and protective gloves to makeshift hospitals, the ability of governments to source what they need quickly, effi...

3 July 2020

European Commission launches public consultation on the future of transport

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the future of transport to allow both stakeholders and citizens to comment and identify their priorities. The consultation will be open until 23 September and will enable the Commission to better understand how the EU can help the sector...

2 July 2020

Frederiksberg reduces urban flood risk through innovation procurement

Like many European cities, Frederiksberg (Denmark) is challenged by urban flooding. Opportunities for natural absorption and drainage of rainwater is limited in built up areas, and during heavy rainfall, the capacity of the sewage system can be exceeded.  The risk of urban flooding in Frederik...

30 June 2020

How Lousada used environmental education to transform their city

Lousada is a densely populated municipality located in rural Portugal. However, despite its rural setting, there is in general a low appreciation for the importance of nature among residents. The city faces numerous environmental challenges, such as water pollution, forest fires, invasive plant spe...

29 June 2020

Proposal for a holistic definition of Positive Energy Buildings

Forty percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of emissions come from buildings. But, this does not have to be the case: it is possible to not only build nearly-zero energy buildings, but even to transform them into positive energy buildings (PEBs). A new report takes the first step towards pro...

25 June 2020

Encouraging sustainable mobility in Antwerp post-COVID-19

The global COVID-19 crisis has led to new challenges in the field of mobility. What will mobility look like in this new “social-distance society”? ICLEI Member Antwerp (Belgium) is being proactive. They are working to prevent mobility in the city from tilting back in favour of private c...

24 June 2020

What is the new normal? Challenges and opportunities beyond COVID-19

A reflection from Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI. Now, as we seem to have moved beyond the peak of the first large coronavirus/COVID-19 wave in Europe and the dramatic death toll is decreasing, people and economic stakeholders are beginning to push for a fast reduction o...

24 June 2020

Alba Iulia works on building a circular economy for plastics

ICLEI Member Alba Iulia (Romania), known as the birthplace of the modern Romanian state, is lauching a new initiative on 1 July focused on plastic packaging collection, waste transport with optical sorting technologies, and the production of added-value products made out of recycled polymers. This ...