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23 January 2020

Looking forward as we usher in a new decade

Dear Members, Colleagues, Friends of ICLEI, I hope you all had a nice and relaxing break between the years and a great start to 2020. Of course, this message would be a great opportunity to take a look at the new decade ahead of us. However, these days it is already difficult to find a solid basis ...

22 January 2020

ICLEI announced as key partner for Earth Day 50th Anniversary

"Earth Day" has been marked each year since 1970, when 20 million people mobilised for environmental protection. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The Earth Day Network coordinates annual Earth Days, an...

20 January 2020

Cities step up commitment to environment with 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 ...

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...