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

Webinar: Coping with heat stress in cities

Temperatures hit exceptional levels last Summer, especially in Northern Europe, with severe consequences on health and well-being in cities. How to get your city prepared for such phenomenon? Follow our webinar on 18 December from 11 to 12 CET.

event

start date: 18-12-2018
end date: 18-12-2018

  •  environment

Joint lobby letter to the Environment Committee of the European Parliament on the LIFE programme 2021-2027

In view of the Environment Committee vote on 20 November on the European Commission’s proposal on the LIFE Programme for 2021–2027, EUROCITIES, FEDARENE, CEMR, Climate Alliance, Energy Cities and ICLEI request the support of Parliamentarians for the amendments presented in the attached document.

publication

publication date: 15-11-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment

High-Level Conference: EU Research and Innovation in our daily life

The European Parliament and the European Commission are organizing a joint conference taking place on November 27 and titled: 'EU Research and Innovation in our daily life'. The event will take place in Brussels and will be focusing on how the 200 billion euros invested over the past 30 years have affected citizens' daily life.The conference will bring together researchers and politicians to reflect on past and present achievements and will focus on the following areas: health and...

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start date: 27-11-2018
end date: 27-11-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

Urban Food Matters

Like any successful restauranteur, a large helping of the work cities do is coordinating the many actors around them. From civil society to business and research organisations, cities are perfectly placed to ensure a streamlined synergy between stakeholders that ensure innovative solutions for the food system and yields the best result. Cities use an array of policy instruments: citizen engagement, social innovation, new governance models and socially responsible public procurement to...

publication

publication date: 30-10-2018

  •  knowledge society

REMOURBAN Smart City information packs

REMOURBAN is an EU funded Smart City project - with Nottingham (UK), Valladolid (Spain) and Tepebasi (Turkey) at its focus. The goal of the project is to develop a sustainable urban regeneration model that involves a set of concrete measures to help cities increase their resource and energy efficiency, improve the sustainability of their urban transport, and drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Here, you can find the website of the project REMOURBAN:...

news

publication date: 24-10-2018

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Join us on Tuesday 6 November for the first ever European Diesel Summit

Organised under the theme 'fast routes to clean air' EUROCITIES is partnering with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), and Transport & Environment (T&E) to bring the messages from cities around Europe directly to decision makers in Brussels.

news

publication date: 23-10-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Agile cities: how are cities adapting to the fourth industrial revolution?

In September 2018, the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization of the World Economic Forum has released a report on the adaptation of urban landscapes and administrations to the fourth industrial revolution.

news

publication date: 17-10-2018