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.

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NEW DATES for our Social Affairs Forum on cities in transition - how to drive a fair and inclusive recovery?

You are kindly invited to save the new dates for our Social Affairs Forum in Zagreb on 9-10 November. The theme we will discuss is: ‘Cities in transition: green, digital and social changes – How do we drive a fair and inclusive recovery?'

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start date: 09-11-2020
end date: 10-11-2020

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Dresden, a heat resilient city

HeatResilientCity in Dresden uses a living lab to bring the city, experts, and residents together to develop a better understanding of climate adaptation issues related to extreme temperatures, and to codesign solutions to these issues.

case study

publication date: 22-01-2020

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Dublin, think energy

Think Energy encourages energy efficiency by working on two linked fronts: To provide information so people can make intelligent choices about energy use, and to change the culture around energy saving. This case study deals with a one-year campaign in Dublin’s civic offices and a permanent measure of equipping public libraries with ‘energy savings kits.'

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publication date: 22-01-2020

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Mobility Forum Activities in 2020

Discover the EUROCITIES mobility forum plans for 2020

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publication date: 20-01-2020

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  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Cities leading the way on climate action

Cities are climate leaders. 64% of EUROCITIES members have already committed to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Among them, 12 cities have even committed to reach neutrality before 2040. And climate mitigation is only one side of the coin; 87.5% of our cities have adopted climate adaptation strategies to adapt to the impact of climate change and to protect their citizens.

publication

publication date: 10-12-2019

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Cities pledge to beat EU targets on climate emissions

Cities are showing leadership on climate and demanding European level action on the eve of the publication of the Communication on the European Green Deal tomorrow.

publication

publication date: 10-12-2019

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EUROCITIES and WWF launch Plastic Smart Cities initiative

EUROCITIES and WWF are calling on cities to join Amsterdam, Oslo, Nice and Izmir in developing an action plan to reduce plastic pollution and set aside space to trial innovative measures for reducing plastic pollution.

publication

publication date: 25-10-2019

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21 major European cities pledge to prevent and reduce plastic pollution

Today, the city of Oslo is joining forces with EUROCITIES to launch a joint Plastics Declaration committing cities to develop a strategy and set time bound targets to significantly reduce plastic pollution in their city by 2021.

publication

publication date: 24-10-2019

  •  knowledge society

Data people cities - EUROCITIES citizen data principles in action

We have selected 10 projects from different cities that are good examples to illustrate each of our 10 principles on citizen data. We want to show how local governments are fully engaged in exploiting the opportunities of the digital transformation in many different policy areas to benefit citizens, and we hope these examples will inspire other cities to do the same. Enjoy the reading and be inspired!

publication

publication date: 10-10-2019

  •  environment

Open Access Government: Cities are partners in a common future for Europe

Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, looks at some of the main challenges facing Europe and how cities can be part of the solution.

publication

publication date: 19-09-2019