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20 January 2020

Cities become leaders for the environment with the EU Green City Accord

The Green City Accord is a new European Commission initiative to accelerate the implementation of the EU environmental directives in the areas of air quality, water and wastewater, waste, noise, and biodiversity and nature. The Accord will be developed in coordination with city experts and launched ...

17 January 2020

Genk's decades-long experience with just transition

For several decades now, ICLEI Member Genk (Belgium) has been transitioning away from its legacy as a major coal mining area. The city and the larger Limburg region (within which Genk is located) have found that transition is about much more than just energy. Rather, it has been a long and comprehen...

17 January 2020

ICLEI projects team up to promote innovative sustainable energy planning

Every year, the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place showcases successful projects working on financing climate adaptation, energy efficiency, clean mobility and energy planning, as well as initiatives working across Europe to facilitate a market for cli...

16 January 2020

Integrating mitigation and adaptation for more effective climate action

When it comes to action on climate change, both mitigation and adaptation are essential to developing an effective climate policy. The European Covenant of Mayors (CoM) supports cities to take action in both of these streams, and is increasingly encouraging city leaders and technical staff to integ...

15 January 2020

Six European cities use artificial intelligence to move towards carbon neutrality

ICLEI Members Helsinki (Finland), Copenhagen (Denmark), and Stavanger (Norway), together with Amsterdam, Paris Region, and Tallinn have joined forces through the AI4Cities project, a new EU-funded project challenging companies to develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in the fields of energy...

14 January 2020

Join online course and community on cities, nature and innovation

The NATURVATION project, for which ICLEI Europe is a partner, has launched a "Massive Open Online Course" (MOOC) on nature-based solutions in an urban world. MOOCs are online courses that are open access with unlimited participation, to ensure that deep and well-researched information is available ...

13 January 2020

Lisbon kicks off its year as European Green Capital

ICLEI Member Lisbon (Portugal) kicked off its year as the European Green Capital this weekend. This prestigious title is awarded annually to a European city that is a leader in sustainable development, including environmental, social and economic considerations. The title includes a €350,000 p...

9 January 2020

European Economic and Social Committee announced as official partner for the Mannheim2020 conference

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been announced as an official partner for Mannheim2020, the upcoming ninth edition of the European Conference for Sustainable Cities & Towns, taking place in ICLEI Member Mannheim (Germany) from 30 September to 2 October 2020. Over the last ...

7 January 2020

Retrofitting district heating systems: contributing to long-term renovation strategies

Will district heating still be relevant in a Europe made up of all low- and zero-energy buildings? How can the retrofitting of district heating systems contribute to achieving zero-emission building stock in the EU by 2050? The renovation of buildings and retrofitting of district heating systems sho...