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27 February 2024

New event series spotlights local actions for a SHARED GREEN DEAL

Communities across Europe are key to making the European Green Deal work, but a central question is: how? That question, and the pursuit of the answers, guide the new online event series Local actions for a SHARED GREEN DEAL. Through a blend of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) perspectives,...

26 February 2024

Contribute to the conversation around collaborative climate adaptation

Climate change adaptation and resilience – like any other form of climate action – must be done collaboratively to reflect realities on the ground, to be locally-tailored and impactful, and to be accepted. However, there remains a lack of knowledge, regarding the initiatives already carr...

23 February 2024

Free tool now available to help cities identify broad impacts of energy efficiency measures

Thanks to piloting and insights from ICLEI Members Tartu (Estonia), Calvià (Spain) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), a free online tool is now available to help stakeholders understand diverse impacts of energy efficiency measures. The so-called MICATool – or Multiple Impacts Calculation To...

22 February 2024

Procura+ Conference highlights inspiring circular, sustainable and innovative public procurement practices

The programme of the 11th Procura+ Conference 2024, organised by ICLEI Europe and ICLEI Member Lisbon (Portugal), is shaping up to provide diverse perspectives on how green, social, innovation and circular public procurement is implemented throughout Europe. From 13-14 March, inspiring sessions and ...

21 February 2024

Working with the Belgian Presidency towards a strong role for local governments in the next European mandate

An enormous task lies before the Belgian government as they take over the Presidency of the European Council for the period from January-June 2024. The coming months will be crucial not only for preparing for the European elections, but also for determining whether Europe maintains its course toward...

16 February 2024

The Covenant of Mayors - Europe celebrates 15 years of local action

Fifteen years ago, 370 mayors convened at the European Parliament to inaugurate the Covenant of Mayors - Europe. In doing so, this network of mayors, managed by a consortium of city networks including ICLEI Europe, committed to surpassing the EU’s 2020 CO2 emission reduction targets by at leas...

15 February 2024

Urban Greening Plans reimagine a more sustainable and inclusive future

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 calls on all cities over 20,000 people to invest in urban greening by creating an Urban Greening Plan (UGP). While UGPs are only now gaining international prominence, the topic is not new to ICLEI Europe, who contributed to a report outlining the potential impac...

14 February 2024

European-wide Support Facility assists municipalities transitioning towards more sustainable local energy planning

The transition toward more affordable, secure and sustainable energy is a priority for city planners in actioning strategic heating and cooling (H&C) planning and decision-making. The European-wide Act!onHeat Support Facility, of which ICLEI is a partner, is available to all local energy planner...

12 February 2024

ICLEI signs the Liège Declaration - The Roadmap for Adaptation to Climate Change

On 9 February, ICLEI, alongside over 70 organisations signed the Liège Declaration - The Roadmap for Adaptation to Climate Change. The Declaration represents a collective call to action and a commitment by the signing parties to address the challenges posed by climate change. It addresses the...