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

Webinars on sustainable heating and cooling for local authorities: register now!

The PLANHEAT project is organising a first webinar on 4th September on heating and cooling for local authorities.

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start date: 04-09-2017
end date: 04-09-2017

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Financing Clean Energy for all Europeans

Energy transition for jobs, growth, and investment Joint conference of the European Parliament and the European Commission

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start date: 07-11-2017
end date: 07-11-2017

  •  environment

2017's CELSIUS Summit - The Power of Networks in November

2017's CELSIUS Summit - The Power of Networks will be held from 27th to 28th of November in Gothenburg, Sweden. This dynamic conference will showcase the latest research and technological developments in addition to addressing key challenges faced by cities in the planning, development and optimisation of their district energy systems.

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start date: 27-11-2017
end date: 28-11-2017

  •  environment

The Business Booster conference on clean energy innovation

This year, the Business Booster will take place in Amsterdam on the 25th and 26th of October 2017.

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start date: 25-10-2017
end date: 26-10-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

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publication date: 25-07-2017

  •  environment

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start date: 21-05-2018
end date: 25-05-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment

PROSPECT - Peer-powered cities and regions has been launched!

The PROSPECT project had its kick off meeting on 5-6 of July in Brussels. A three year project bringing together 10 partners from across Europe, PROSPECT will develop a peer-to-peer learning programme, which will allow more than 180 local authorities, collaborating with their local energy agencies, to discuss and learn from each other on how to better finance the development of energy and climate project for buildings, mobility and lighting and more!

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publication date: 19-07-2017

  •  environment

news

publication date: 05-07-2017

  •  environment

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start date: 14-11-2017
end date: 17-11-2017