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.

EUROCITIES Environment Forum on energy transition in cities

On 15-17 March, 145 participants from 57 cities attended the EUROCITIES Environment Forum in Antwerp, which focused on energy transition in cities.

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publication date: 27-04-2017

  •  mobility

Movin’On 2017: From Ambition to Action

Smart and sustainable urban mobility for all

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start date: 13-06-2017
end date: 15-06-2017

  •  mobility

The first CIVITAS SUMPs-Up call for planning authorities is open

Is your city in the process of initiating, developing or implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)? Is your city advanced and you want to take part in the uptake of SUMPs in European cities?

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publication date: 25-04-2017

  •  environment

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start date: 12-06-2017
end date: 15-06-2017

  •  environment

Take the Covenant of Mayors survey and win a free journey to the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels

The Covenant of Mayors Office, on behalf of the European Commission and with the support of the Committee of the Regions, is conducting a survey to collect the needs, feedback and expectations of local, regional and national authorities towards the initiative.

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publication date: 11-04-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Tilburg becomes 52nd signatory city of the Green Digital Charter

The city of Tilburg is the 52nd European city, and the 5th Dutch city, to sign the Green Digital Charter, a EUROCITIES initiative promoting progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies in cities.

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publication date: 06-04-2017

  •  environment
  •  mobility

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start date: 27-04-2017
end date: 27-04-2017

  •  environment

Environment forum chair addresses Green Growth Summit

The chair of our environment forum, Abdeluheb Choho, deputy mayor of Amsterdam, spoke about the cities ambitions and actions in his contribution to the Green Growth Summit, which took place in Brussels on 27 February.

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publication date: 16-03-2017

  •  environment

A politicial board of cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy entered a new phase in its history with the launch of the European Covenant of Mayors Board, reaffirming the initiative as a unique political movement steered by mayors.

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publication date: 13-02-2017

  •  environment

From Greece to the Netherlands: Cities learning from each other on climate adaptation

In January 2017, the 11 European cities selected to take part in the 2016 Mayors Adapt twinning programme (now formally part of the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy), attended one of the four visits organised across Europe to learn about urban climate change adaptation.

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publication date: 10-02-2017