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18 November 2019

Smart Mature Resilience project wins two awards for exceptional standardisation activities

The Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) project has received first prize at two award ceremonies this month for its innovative and effective standardisation activities. SMR, which concluded in 2018, used a holistic approach to develop Resilience Management Guidelines to support urban decision-makers in de...

14 November 2019

Getting to low- and zero-emission building stock by 2050 is no game – or is it?

How can the EU building stock reach low and zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050? How can new methods like 'gamification' help make this ambitious goal a reality? The buildings sector accounts for 36 percent of carbon emissions in the European Union (EU) and is thus a key sector that must be targe...

13 November 2019

Gothenburg named European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020

In the face of strong competition from 35 applicant cities representing 17 EU countries, ICLEI Member Gothenburg (Sweden) was named the 2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism, alongside Malaga (Spain). Each year, the European Commission uses this award to recognise two EU cities that have excelled ...

8 November 2019

ICLEI Europe staff win DIN Innovators Award 2019

ICLEI Europe staff Holger Robrecht, Vasilis Latinos and Clara Grimes have been awarded the DIN Innovators Award 2019 for their work on standardisation as part of the Smart Mature Resilience project (SMR) at a ceremony in ICLEI Member Berlin (Germany) on 7 November. The award ceremony was organised b...

7 November 2019

ICLEI Regional Director challenges cities to dare to try new approaches

There is great potential for local governments to use public procurement to strengthen their work on climate change and sustainability. Green and socially responsible public procurement are key tools laid out in the German governments’ Sustainability Agenda to achieve its climate targets. How...

6 November 2019

ICLEI Members win German climate action awards

ICLEI Member Freiburg (Germany) is among the winners recently announced at the German “Klimaaktiv Kommune 2019” awards (“Climate Active Communities” awards). Freiburg was recognised for their urban climate adaptation concept, which builds resilience against heat stress and is...

1 November 2019

Hamburg to save its iconic quay walls

ICLEI Member Hamburg (Germany)'s Speicherstadt (‘City of Warehouses’) was originally developed on a group of narrow islands in the Elbe River; the buildings stand on wooden poles under water. This district is made up of former trade and warehouse areas and is distinctively characterised ...

31 October 2019

ICLEI Members lead the way in European sustainable mobility innovation

This month, ICLEI Members at the forefront of sustainable urban mobility – including Ghent (Belgium), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Stockholm (Sweden), and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) – have had their successes shared and recognised through the release of two mobility publications, announcement of m...

31 October 2019

World Cities Day: the power of CitiesWithNature

Today is UN World Cities Day, a day to recognise the critical role cities play internationally, to promote cooperation between cities regarding urban opportunities and challenges, and to support sustainable urban development. The theme of this year’s World Cities Day is, “Changing the w...