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

100% Renewable Heating & Cooling for a Sustainable Future

The European Technology & Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC ETIP) organises the event 100% RHC for a Sustainable Future, the opportunity for RHC experts to learn, network and present their RHC innovative projects.

event

start date: 28-10-2019
end date: 28-10-2019

  •  environment

news

publication date: 07-08-2019

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

EUROCITIES secretary general among the top experts selected to define Horizon Europe mission

Anna Lisa Boni has been selected as one of the 15 experts who will help define the objective the Horizon Europe mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities.

news

publication date: 31-07-2019

  •  mobility

Will your city host a CIVITAS peer-to-peer exchange in 2020?

Cities are invited to apply to host a CIVITAS exchange activity in 2020!

news

publication date: 23-07-2019

  •  environment

news

publication date: 25-06-2019

  •  environment

328 cities now calling on EU to ensure net-zero emissions by 2050

328 European mayors have now signed EUROCITIES joint letter urging European and national leaders to ensure EU emissions peak by 2020, halve by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.

news

publication date: 20-06-2019

  •  environment

event

start date: 18-06-2019
end date: 20-06-2019

  •  environment

event

start date: 17-06-2019
end date: 17-06-2019

  •  environment

Open Access Government: Cities proving to be the real climate champions

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES provides an absorbing insight into how cities in Europe are proving to be the real climate champions

publication

publication date: 11-06-2019