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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 ...

19 December 2019

Europe is going green from the grassroots up

As we approach the end of the decade, one trend in Europe is clear: climate action is on the rise. Public sentiment Europeans are increasingly concerned with the environment and are calling on political actors to respond to the climate crisis. Results released from latest Eurobarometer surveys, a...

18 December 2019

Reflecting on COP25: local and regional governments must be engaged in national and international climate action

This December, national governments from across the world met in Madrid (Spain) for COP25 – an annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which brings together world leaders to discuss key environmental issues and challenges. In previous years, these...

13 December 2019

New report casts light on how energy efficiency can be improved to meet EU Green Deal goals

The recently revealed EU Green Deal and climate neutrality target (by 2050) are in line with the Paris Agreement goals. However, energy efficiency (EE) and smart energy systems hold even more potential that is yet to be exploited. A new report entitled “Towards a decarbonised heating and cool...

12 December 2019

Google.org and ICLEI cooperating on multimillion pilot fund for data-driven, local climate action

Acting on climate change and reducing global greenhouse gas emissions requires access to reliable data. Through measuring our current impacts on the environment and comparing those to past and future levels, we can support taking adequate action to address the climate crisis. Google has released an...

11 December 2019

Applications now open for the prestigious Procura+ Awards 2020

Public authorities can now submit their applications to the 2020 edition of the prestigious Procura+ Awards, which recognise procurement and related initiatives that have remarkable economic, environmental and social impacts, and that demonstrate innovation. The application period is open until 31...

3 December 2019

Tell the world you’re a Basque endorser with free digital icon

Since first being acclaimed by the participants of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in 2016, the Basque Declaration has grown in popularity, and is currently endorsed by over 500 towns, cities, and regions across the world, and a further 370+ individuals and organisation...

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...