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27 March 2020

Application deadline for 2020 Procura+ Awards extended to 30 April

In light of the difficulties experienced by applicants due to the coronavirus outbreak, the deadline for the 2020 Procura+ Awards has been extended to 30 April 2020. The awards, which is an ICLEI Europe initiative, supported by the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project, reward sustainable and innovati...

23 March 2020

Intelligent Cities Challenge now open for applications

The European Commission’s Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) is now open for applications. Building on the success of the Digital Cities Challenge (DCC), the ICC seeks to help 100 EU cities tackle their urban challenges to support green, sustainable and inclusive growth. This 2.5-year program...

4 March 2020

New tools released to support sustainable procurement of products and services

The European Commission has published a new set of tools for procurers (including local governments) to assess lifecycle costs during their tender procedures. ICLEI Europe, together with Ecoinstitut has developed the lifecycle cost (LCC) tools on behalf of the European Commission, which are now ava...

7 February 2020

EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade award now accepting applications

The 2021 EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade award, which recognises and rewards European local authorities that promote fair, ethical and sustainable trade practices, has recently been launched and is now accepting applications. The award, which is now in its second year, was launched by the Euro...

6 February 2020

Register now for #Mannheim2020 to take local transformation forward

ICLEI Europe and the City of Mannheim are thrilled to share that registration is now open for the upcoming Mannheim2020 conference, which marks the 9th edition of the European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns. By now, we know that the world faces major environmental, economic and social...

15 January 2020

Six European cities use artificial intelligence to move toward 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...

27 December 2019

Case study: award-winning pre-commercial procurement

Large scale scientific projects in fields like genome analysis, astrophysics, life science and photon science rely on global collaboration. This requires huge amounts of data storage and analysis tools, all which meet the specific needs of the science and research community. These storage and analy...

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...

7 November 2019

ICLEI Regional Director challenges cities to dare to try new approaches

There is great potential for local governments to use public procurement to strengthen their work on climate change and sustainability. Green and socially responsible public procurement are key tools laid out in the German governments’ Sustainability Agenda to achieve its climate targets. How...