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

Webinar: Planning a Sustainable City through Carbon Budgets

On Tuesday 25 September 2018 the Covenant of Mayors and Sharing Cities will organise a webinar on the topic "Planning a Sustainable City through Carbon Budgets".

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start date: 25-09-2018
end date: 25-09-2018

  •  environment

ChangeNOW Summit – Be part of the Mayors Delegation 28 September 2018, Paris

You have until 10 September to join the Covenant of Mayors delegation to the ChangeNOW International Summit for change in Paris. Apply today and meet with city leaders, inspiring innovators & demonstrate your city is fit for tackling sustainability challenges

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publication date: 06-07-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

Have your say on the action plan of the Climate Adaption Urban Agenda partnership

The online Public Feedback on the Climate Adaptation Partnership’s Action plan is open until 17 August 2018.

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publication date: 06-07-2018

  •  environment

Be part of the Mayors delegation to the ChangeNOW International Summit for Change

Local politicians of the Covenant of Mayors Community are invited to join the Mayors’ delegation to the ChangeNOW International Summit for Change taking place in Paris on 28 September 2018.

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start date: 28-09-2018
end date: 28-09-2018

  •  environment

Apply now for the new call of the European Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy twinning programme

The call for a new edition of the twinning programme, which connects two cities facing similar climate change challenges, is now open and cities, regions and provinces have until 14 September to apply.

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publication date: 28-06-2018

  •  environment

Lisbon wins European Green Capital 2020 Award

Two EUROCITIES members, Lisbon (Portugal) and Ghent (Belgium), along with Lahti (Finland), were finalists at the European Green Capital 2020 Awards at a ceremony hosted by this year’s Green Capital, Nijmegen (Netherlands).

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publication date: 28-06-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Participate in mayors’ debate at Stavanger Nordic Edge

Mayors committed to engaging and empowering their citizens are invited lay out their vision by participating in a themed debate at Stavanger Nordic Edge on 24 September.

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

  •  environment

Join the 2018 Climathon and find groundbreaking solutions to your climate and energy challenges on 26 October 2018

The Climathon is a 24-hour hackathon taking place on 26 October 2018 simultaneously in major cities around the world. The European Covenant of Mayors, partnering with the event, invites all the municipalities of the Covenant community to join this global movement dedicated to solving the toughest climate challenges cities face today.

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start date: 26-10-2018
end date: 26-10-2018

  •  environment

European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards now open

The European Commission has launched its competition for the 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Award winning cities.

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publication date: 13-06-2018

  •  mobility

Register now for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2018

This year's campaign for sustainable mobility is taking multimodal transport as its theme and calling all cities organising activities between 16-22 September to register them online now.

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publication date: 08-06-2018