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

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

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publication date: 11-06-2019

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Clone Cologne – CIVITAS study visit success story

Learning how Cologne (Germany) is fighting its air quality issues and moving towards decarbonisation was at the core of a recent CIVITAS study visit to the city.

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publication date: 07-06-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

European Business Summit: The Future of Europe Depends on its Cities

Our cities are the places where the fight against climate change becomes real, where technological innovation can help boost the digital transformation, and where equal and inclusive societies are made.

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publication date: 07-06-2019

  •  cooperation

UFGC: The change Europe needs

We want the European institutions to work with us as partners in decision making, to let us shape policy where it matters – at the level of the citizen, says Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES in this blog for the Urban Future Global Conference.

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publication date: 07-06-2019

  •  environment

Save-the-date: Training for local politicians on climate adaptation

Climate adaptation measures can require substantial investment that can only be secured if there is political buy-in. This session organised by EUROCITIES in the framework of the EU Urban Agenda partnership on climate adaptation, building on a first edition in May 2019, consists in a training designed specifically for local politicians to raise their awareness of adaptation issues.

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start date: 09-10-2019
end date: 09-10-2019

  •  environment

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

  •  environment

Adaptation Webinar Series #2 DESIGNING ADAPTATION STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN

Following the webinar dedicated on conducting a Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, the next edition of the Covenant of Mayors series on adaptation will focus on designing a strategy and action plan for adaptation to climate change impacts.

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start date: 13-06-2019
end date: 13-06-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

UFGC: Cities inspiring green innovation

The city of Stockholm has committed to become fossil fuel free by 2040 – with the city administration anticipating to achieve this feat for its own services by 2030. Anna König Jerlmyr, the recently elected mayor of Stockholm, says that climate was notably a top issue for voters in the campaign. It’s also an area of key importance to König Jerlmyr herself, who plans to tackle other environmental challenges, such as reducing plastic use and waste.

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publication date: 03-06-2019

  •  cooperation

Euractiv: A city leaders agenda for Europe

EUROCITIES second mayors summit called on European and national leaders to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050, boost the digital transformation across the EU and recognise the vital contribution of cities to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 28-05-2019