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3 August 2020

How to institutionalise social innovation in cities for a successful energy transition

Socially innovative policies can foster citizen inclusion and support sustainable urban changes. What sorts of policies can play this dual role? What do local actors need to keep in mind to be effective? An online seminar opened this discussion back in late-2019, exploring 'Local leadership, or fro...

28 July 2020

Learn from European Green Capital Network leaders how to improve your city’s environmental performance

Cities committed to improving their sustainability indicators and turning environmental challenges into opportunities are invited to participate in a new webinar series hosted by the European Green Capital Network (EGCN), taking place in September. The EGCN represents the former European Green Capi...

23 July 2020

How Mannheim takes transformation forward

From 30 September to 2 October the 9th European Conference for Sustainable Cities and Towns will convene online, co-hosted by ICLEI Member Mannheim (Germany). This ninth conference edition, also known as Mannheim2020, will address the substantial transformation needed across all aspects of society t...

21 July 2020

New publication examines the social side of energy transition

A new publication is now available for all those interested in learning more about the social dimension of energy transitions. The publication, referred to as an "Energy Read," introduces the concept of social innovation in energy transitions and shows how diverse these innovations are, going ...

24 June 2020

What is the new normal? Challenges and opportunities beyond COVID-19

A reflection from Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI. Now, as we seem to have moved beyond the peak of the first large coronavirus/COVID-19 wave in Europe and the dramatic death toll is decreasing, people and economic stakeholders are beginning to push for a fast reduction o...

15 June 2020

The Green City Accord: a new EU initiative for greener, healthier cities

Cities are invited to learn more about the European Commission's upcoming Green City Accord, and to sign on to commit to building healthier cities for all. ICLEI Europe – alongside EUROCITIES and CEMR – are supporting the European Commission in developing and implementing the Accor...

19 May 2020

Prosumers for energy inclusiveness: leaving no-one behind

What will a desirable energy future look like for so-called "prosumers" – in other words, those who both produce and consume energy from renewable sources? The production of renewable energy is on the rise in Europe. A large role is reserved for ‘energy citizens’ who produce energ...

22 April 2020

Circular governance: a new approach for urban cultural heritage adaptive-reuse projects

More and more people have become familiar with the concept of "circular economy" – an economic system that aims to eliminate physical waste by redesigning, reusing and redirecting materials and products in consumption and production processes. But can the same circular concepts be applied to s...

21 April 2020

Fighting fuel poverty in Aberdeen

ICLEI Member Aberdeen (United Kingdom) is making strides in fighting fuel poverty through a holistic approach to energy efficiency that encompasses both structural changes and a local, grassroots approach. A new video produced by the SMARTEES project highlights this approach. It was shot during in ...