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29 July 2021

Local governments lead the way towards a people-centred energy system

Thanks to trailblazing work by local governments, an exciting new future for the European energy system is emerging, which envisions a central role for each and every European community. For many years now, communities and local governments have been advocating for the critical role that people mus...

12 July 2021

The importance of considering gender in energy transition

By now it is clear that the energy transition is about so much more than only science and technology. There are complex social realities and power dynamics that are critically important to ensuring that we undertake a just, swift and sustainable energy transition. ICLEI Europe staff have dug into ho...

23 June 2021

Therapeutic garden for disabled community members opens in Zagreb

ICLEI Member Zagreb (Croatia) opened a new “therapeutic garden” in May 2021, whose purpose is to use nature-based solutions to help enhance well-being among various users, including by being accessible and providing room for both activity and rest. The therapeutic garden in Zagreb was d...

22 June 2021

Join us this September to explore social innovation in urban mobility and energy transitions

This September, foremost experts and pioneers working on the social dynamics of energy- and mobility transition – as well as related policy design – are gathering to discuss their successes, challenges, and future pathways to herald in transitions. All interested persons are welcome to j...

21 June 2021

Building citizen support for low-emission projects

On 3 June, Urban-LEDs, ICLEI Europe and Smart Cities Marketplace cities Mannheim (Germany), Madrid (Spain), Cork (Ireland), Helsinki (Finland) and Utrecht (the Netherlands) joined an European Green Week High Level Conference Session on “Popular objectives, controversial measures – increa...

8 June 2021

ICLEI Members join discussion on EU strategy for sustainable and equitable rural and urban development

On 18 June 2021, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Rural Parliament (ERP) will hold an online public hearing aiming to explore ways to achieve sustainability and prosperity through new forms of cooperation amongst rural and urban areas. ICLEI Member Aalborg (Denmark)...

5 June 2021

European cities showcase what urban ecosystem restoration means in practice

This World Environment Day (5 June) marks the official launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a global movement initiated by the UN General Assembly to help halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. As an official Global Partner of the initiative, ICLEI is brin...

11 May 2021

Zagreb prioritises citizen well-being with nature-based solutions

ICLEI Member Zagreb (Croatia) had a challenging 2020, facing the COVID-19 pandemic and two earthquakes, which tested the limits of the city's response capacity. Now, Zagreb is looking towards a brighter future, choosing to implement innovative nature-based solutions (NBS) to improve well-being of ci...

16 April 2021

50 tools to ensure urban green equity

How can cities be both green and equitable? A new policy and planning toolkit provides municipal planners with a 50 tools to help find ways of providing affordable housing, while also improving green equity and ensuring that new green spaces benefit rather than displace local residents. The toolkit...