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

Covenant of Mayors Ceremony and European Climate Pact announcement event - Registration is open !

Our not-to-be-missed Covenant Ceremony will mark the launch of the climate pact, a coalition of actors to support Europe’s transition to climate neutrality in the context of the EU Green Deal.

news

publication date: 04-02-2020

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

news

publication date: 31-01-2020

  •  economy
  •  environment

First ever EU climate bank agreement with a large EU city

Vienna has become the first city to sign an agreement with the European Investment Bank to fight climate change.

news

publication date: 29-01-2020

  •  environment

event

start date: 18-03-2020
end date: 18-03-2020

  •  environment

event

start date: 18-03-2020
end date: 18-03-2020

  •  environment

event

start date: 19-03-2020
end date: 19-03-2020

  •  environment

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

  •  environment

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.'

case study

publication date: 22-01-2020

  •  mobility

Mobility Forum Activities in 2020

Discover the EUROCITIES mobility forum plans for 2020

publication

publication date: 20-01-2020