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11 May 2021

'Europe Day' kicks-off a year-long consultation process for EU citizens to shape the future

On 9 May, also known as 'Europe Day', the Conference on the Future of Europe officially kicked-off a year-long consultation process. The process launched with an inaugural event in ICLEI Member Strasbourg (France), which invited European citizens to propose their ideas and priorities for Europe acro...

6 May 2021

New handbook distils project experiences with NBS impact evaluation

A new handbook published by the European Commission to help decision-makers and practitioners develop impact evaluation frameworks for nature-based solutions was launched yesterday, with contributions from ICLEI Europe projects CLEVER Cities, Connecting Nature, proGIreg, alongside 14 other EU-funded...

5 May 2021

41 suppliers selected to design artificial intelligence solutions to help cities reach carbon neutrality

In December 2020, a 'Buyers Group' of six cities and regions launched a Request for Tenders, inviting suppliers to submit innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in the fields of energy and mobility, which will help cities and regions to reach carbon neutrality. This represented the first ...

30 April 2021

ICLEI Europe partners on European Sustainable Energy Week 2021

ICLEI Europe has been announced as an official partner to this year’s European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), which will take place on 25-29 October 2021. The annual event is one of the EU’s flagship conference series, and focuses on sustainable energy. After going virtual last year fo...

29 April 2021

Driving the bioeconomy locally: how local authorities can support the transition

The European Green Deal, launched in December 2019, aims to drive the transition to a fair, resource-efficient, competitive and prosperous society and economy in Europe. The EU Green Deal works to continue modernising the EU’s economy with circular and biobased solutions in line with the targe...

28 April 2021

Racing toward a climate neutral Europe

Interview with Giorgia Rambelli, ICLEI Europe Coordinator, Climate Policy and Energy Governance In the lead up to COP26, and with the European Green Deal’s ambitious target of reaching ‘climate neutrality’ by 2050 on the table, local leaders are gearing up to take bold climate act...

27 April 2021

Baltic cities invited to learn more about the Green City Accord

Since its launch last year, Mayors from across Europe have been steadily joining the Green City Accord, a European Commission initiative to encourage city authorities to take further action to make their cities cleaner and healthier, and thereby improve the quality of life for their citizens. About ...

26 April 2021

Open call for regions interested in circular cultural tourism

In light of COVID-19 and the restrictions it has imposed on travel, many places are rethinking their tourism strategies. A more circular approach to cultural tourism is emerging alongside this paradigm shift; one that aims for sustainability, community empowerment and regional development along with...

23 April 2021

Regions taking action to integrate cultural and natural heritage into regional development strategies

Many regions across Europe are currently updating their "Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies" (RIS3) – in other words, research and innovation strategies for a region that: focus policy and investments on key priorities; build on local strengths; support innovation and stimulate priv...