climate

Despite efforts to limit the impact of climate change, it is clear that global warming cannot be completely avoided. Rising sea levels, extreme weather phenomena with heavier rainfall and wind, more floods and more droughts will be a reality to which Europe will need to adapt.

Cities are a particular case for climate adaptation. They have a high population density, with 75% of Europe’s population living in cities. They will also have to deal with specific issues, such as urban ‘heat island’ effects and exacerbated risk of flooding due to less permeable surfaces.

While cities may have common issues, each needs to find its own strategy that takes into account many different factors: geographical situations and climatic conditions vary widely, as do the population and historical makeup of cities. The development of new neighbourhoods will also have to take into account climate adaptation.

We are well aware of the challenge. A number of our member cities already have climate adaptation strategies in place that involve relevant policies and issues, including water management, green infrastructure for climate adaptation, and many more.

We support the exchange of best practice between more advanced cities and cities that do not yet have a complete strategy. We also help coordinate adaptation strategies at different levels of government by giving cities a channel to the EU institutions.

Following input to the European Commission’s white paper on climate adaptation, we have participated in initiatives such as the European Commission’s adaptation steering group and the ClimSave FP7 stakeholder panel on climate adaptation.

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Local climate action : several EUROCITIES members raise the bar

Several EUROCITIES members took ambitious commitments to become low-carbon at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on 14 September 2018.

news

publication date: 20-09-2018

  •  environment

#EUGreenWeek 2019 – call for proposals to organise the opening event is now open

Environmental laws have a huge impact on our life. They improve water and air quality, they protect nature, and they encourage recycling and waste management. But to really make an appreciable difference, these EU laws have to be properly implemented.

news

publication date: 19-09-2018

  •  cooperation

A Europe to believe in: EUROCITIES response to president Juncker's State of the Union

In response to European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address 2018, EUROCITIES secretary general, Anna Lisa Boni, shared the following thoughts:

publication

publication date: 12-09-2018

  •  environment

Europe's World: Cities for a greener future

Cities across Europe are committed to transition to a greener, more sustainable and inclusive future by working with citizens and collaborating in partnerships.

publication

publication date: 31-08-2018

  •  environment

Antwerp's 'Greentool' to measure the environmental and ecological benefits of green areas

Among many other co-benefits, blue-green infrastructures help cities become more resilient to climate change. Antwerp’s ‘Greentool‘ allows urban planners to explore green potential to improve the living environment (heat stress, air quality, etc.) in a specific area or neighbourhood.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

  •  environment

Berlin's innovative wastewater heat recovery for the swimming pool on Sachsendamm

In the framework of the climate protection agreement with the Berlin Senate, the municipal water company, Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB – Berlin water company), was searching for innovative renewable energy sources. Through the installation of a heat pump, they now recover heat from the city’s wastewater systems and use it for a local swimming pool.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

  •  environment

Bratislava's subsidy scheme for the purchase of rainwater management installations

Through its subsidy scheme for the purchase of rainwater management installations, the municipality of Bratislava encourages households to contribute to protecting the city from pluvial floods and property from damage.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

  •  environment

Thessaloniki's bioclimatic upgrade of public spaces

The municipality of Thessaloniki is committed to designing and implementing pilot projects of urban regeneration based on the local bioclimatic characteristics, in order to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Warsaw: towards the Green Metropolis through multiple public transport investments

The city undergoes a complete transformation of its public transport system to counteract the high levels of individual transport and consequent air pollution.

case study

publication date: 24-08-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

European Policy Levers towards Greener ICT

ICTFOOTPRINT workshop in Paris

event

start date: 24-09-2018
end date: 24-09-2018