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4 December 2019

Barcelona, Cologne and Stockholm prove growth does not have to come at the expense of CO2 reductions

After five years of implementing sustainable smart city solutions through the GrowSmarter project, ICLEI Members Barcelona (Spain) and Stockholm (Sweden), alongside Cologne (Germany), recently came together to share key insights and results, proving that growth does not have to come at the expense o...

2 December 2019

Applications open for the European Entrepreneurial Region Award

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has launched the next edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award: EER Award 2021. The theme of this year’s EER Award is “Entrepreneurship for a green and sustainable future.” Are you a European city or region with a sust...

29 November 2019

“Huerta de Valencia” designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System

The Scientific Advisory Committee of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) officially recognised the historic irrigation system of the Huerta de Valencia (Spain) as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) at its 11th meeting held in ICLEI Member Rome (It...

28 November 2019

Nature-based solutions are key to European water security

A new report published by ICLEI, The Nature Conservancy, and EcoLogic Institute demonstrates how and why investing in nature-based solutions (NBS) is central to ensuring water security in Europe. Despite research, advocacy and policy initiatives, the quality of freshwater in Europe has not signific...

27 November 2019

ICLEI Europe on-the-ground at COP25

This December, countries from across the world will meet in Madrid (Spain) for the 25th Conference of the Parties of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25). Past meetings have led to landmark agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, which was the result of COP21. ICLEI i...

26 November 2019

German Sustainability Awards presented to leaders in environmental protection

The twelfth German Sustainability Awards were presented this week in Düsseldorf (Germany). The award recognises sustainability achievements in businesses, by municipalities, and in research. ICLEI Europe sat on the independent expert jury. The winners of the award for Cities and Towns, who had...

25 November 2019

New guidance document presents towns and cities with 15 pathways to localise the SDGs

ICLEI, alongside the City of Aalborg and the Basque Country, recently launched a new publication, which presents towns and cities with 15 pathways they can use to localise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publication, which was launched at the European Committee of the Regions during t...

22 November 2019

Lousada wins 2019 Transformative Action Award

The City of Lousada (Portugal) was announced yesterday as the winner of the 2019 Transformative Action Award at an award ceremony, which took place at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels (Belgium). The award, which is organised by ICLEI, the City of Aalborg and the Basque Country, wit...

22 November 2019

Stockholm wins the World Smart City Award

ICLEI Member Stockholm (Sweden) was named the world’s smartest city during the Smart City Expo World Congress in ICLEI Member Barcelona (Spain) on 20 November. The City’s leadership in the European Smart Cities and Communities project GrowSmarter, in which ICLEI Europe is a partner, was ...