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News (October, 2017)

 

18 October 2017

Procura+ Awards 2017 winners announced

Projects involving recycled textiles, eco-labelled school buildings and remanufactured furniture emerged as Europe's most sustainable and innovative public procurements at the 2017 Procura+ Awards held on 17 October in Tallinn (Estonia) as part of the eafip Conference on Innovation Procurement. The conference was held in the context of Estonia's Presidency of the EU. The winning public procurers were:

Municipality of Hyvinkää, Finland: Sustainable Procurement of the Year was awarded to the first Nordic Swan eco-labelled pre-school in Finland, which was constructed after a market dialogue process and included sustainability measures on energy use, chemical products, building products and health factors.

Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands: Innovation Procurement of the Year was awarded for two contracts supplying towels, cloths and overalls to Dutch military personnel. This produced estimated savings of 233 million litres of water and 69,000 kg of CO2, based on a technical requirement of textiles containing at least 10% recycled post-consumer textile fibres.

Public Health Wales (National Health Service, UK): Tender Procedure of the Year was awarded for the use of a supplier open day and contracting social enterprises, Public Health Wales was supplied with over 2,500 furniture items of which only 6% were new purchases. This diverted 41 tonnes of waste from landfill with a CO2 saving of 134 tonnes, creating full time jobs for seven disabled and long term unemployed people.

For more information about the finalists and winners, visit the Procura+ website.
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16 October 2017

Paris to host RESIN Knowledge Transfer Workshop

The RESIN project will hold its second Knowledge Transfer in Paris (France) from 18-19 October 2017. At the workshop, Marie Gantois of the City of Paris, will share the city's goals, activities and challenges related to climate change adaptation, outline how the city has been using the RESIN project to address these challenges, and present the key results for the French capital from participation in the project so far. Miguel González Vara and Susana Ruiz Fernandez of the City of Bilbao (Spain) will discuss Bilbao’s adaptation context and activities, and present how the city is adapting to climate change through RESIN.

During the Knowledge Transfer Workshop, cities will receive interactive training on three of RESIN’s tools: Impact and Vulnerability Analysis of Vital Infrastructures and built-up Areas (IVAVIA), the Adaptation Options Library, and the e-Guide. The RESIN project’s IVAVIA tool supports and guides the process of impact and vulnerability analysis for critical infrastructures and built-up areas. The Adaptation Options Library is a searchable archive that hosts the suite of RESIN tools as well as documentation on adaptation measures implemented in different cities.

The RESIN project will hold two Knowledge Transfer Workshops and two Stakeholder Dialogues. One workshop per core city - Bratislava (Slovakia), Paris Greater Manchester (UK) and Bilbao, (Spain) - will be organised to kick-off the 2-tier group engagement. The 17 Tier 2 cities are: Alba (Italy), Almada (Portugal), Athens (Greece), Burgas (Bulgaria), London (UK), Lahti (Finland), Newcastle (UK), Nijmegen (Netherlands), Padua (Italy), Radom (Poland), Reykjavík (Iceland), Sfântu Gheorghe (Romania), Strasbourg (France), Ghent (Belgium), Vilnius (Lithuania), Warsaw (Poland) and Zadar (Croatia). Crucial local infrastructure stakeholders from the core cities will attend the workshops and exchange with their Tier 2 peers.

The first Knowledge Transfer Workshop was held in June in Bratislava. This has already led to exchange and collaboration, as Bratislava visited their Tier 2 equivalents in Reykjavik following the first Knowledge Transfer Workshop.

For more information, visit the RESIN website.
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11 October 2017

17 cities sign Porto Declaration on Urban Water Agenda 2030

During the Mayors & Water Conference 2017 in Porto (Portugal), which took place on 29 September, 17 cities signed the Porto Declaration on the Urban Water Agenda 2030 (UWA2030), committing to support the cooperation process between European cities and the European Commission in developing an urban water agenda that promotes sustainable water management in cities. ICLEI Members Bonn (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Lisbon (Portugal), Mannheim (Germany), Oslo (Norway), Wrocław (Poland), Paris (France), and Stockholm (Sweden) are among the signatories. Amsterdam (Netherlands), Porto (Portugal), Genk (Belgium), Leeuwarden (Netherlands), Panevėžys (Lithuania), Murcia (Spain), Timisoara (Romania) and Thessaloniki (Greece) also signed the commitment. The declaration is still open for signature by elected representatives from local governments.

During the conference, the Mayor of Wrocław, Rafał Dutkiewicz, stressed the importance of strengthening the exchange of good practices between European cities. Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital at DG Environment of the European Commission, declared the readiness of the European Commission to join forces with cities through the UWA2030.

To further develop the UWA2030, a public consultation on the draft strategy that will shape the course of the UWA2030 was launched. The consultation gathered direct input from water stakeholders to better reflect their needs in terms of sustainable water management.

For more information, contact: water@iclei.org.
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10 October 2017

ICLEI Member Cascais localise SDGs in first for Portugal

In the first initiative of its kind in Portugal, ICLEI Member Cascais publicly launched its local commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 21 September.

Countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs in 2015. With these goals, countries pledged to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change by 2030. Cascais is localising these goals and their respective targets through its pioneering “Cascais 2030” programme, which intends to transform the municipality over the next 13 years.

The programme includes the creation of a municipal strategy that contributes to compliance with the SDGs, influencing the municipality's competitiveness, quality of life of the citizens, and the preservation of natural resources. This will be achieved through broad debate and stakeholder participation, along with management tools to increase transparency and accountability of decision makers. In an innovative approach, Cascais will require all envisioned city projects to undergo a mandatory evaluation of the impacts on the SDGs and their targets.

The initiative was commended by UN Secretary General António Guterres who wrote a letter of congratulations to the Mayor of Cascais, Carlos Carreiras.

For more information about the “Cascais 2030” project, visit their website.
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9 October 2017

Smart Mature Resilience to launch new programme and workshops at Thessaloniki event

Nine ambitious local governments will join stakeholders from seven European cities in kicking off a new city collaboration programme as part of the Smart Mature Resilience (SMR) project at a Stakeholder Dialogue in Thessaloniki (Greece) on 7 November 2017.

The event will see participating cities sharing and exchanging local government policies and tools for strategically building city resilience. European cities are facing increasingly frequent and intense hazards and risks as climate change and changing social demographics place their critical infrastructures under increasing pressure. Sharing good practices can help them plan ahead for known and unknown shocks and stresses.

As part of the SMR project, three so-called “Tier 1” cities, Glasgow (UK), Kristiansand (Norway) and Donostia/San Sebastian (Spain), have co-developed a suite of tools to support them and other cities in planning, budgeting and identifying replicable policies towards their resilience goals. A second group of “Tier 2” cities, Bristol (UK), Riga (Latvia), Rome (Italy) and Vejle (Denmark), has been closely observing and providing feedback on this process.

At the one-day Stakeholder Dialogue, these cities will share their knowledge of these tools and contextualise them in terms of real policies to a new group of “Tier 3” cities including Amman (Jordan), Athens (Greece), Greater Manchester (UK), Malaga (Spain), Malmö (Sweden), Reykjavik (Iceland), Stirling (UK) and Thessaloniki (Greece). The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris.

Research as part of SMR has found that cities and their critical infrastructure are interdependent, and that cities can help further boost their own resilience by supporting and fostering resilience in other cities. SMR is supporting the potential for replication by working towards international standards in city resilience management.

The first CEN workshop initiated by SMR, spearheaded by German standardisation organisation DIN, CEN WS/88 - Functional Specification for a Resilience Information Portal is underway. Two further envisaged CEN Workshop Agreements, City Resilience Development - Maturity Model and City Resilience Development - Operational Guidance, will kick off in Thessaloniki on 8 November, following the Stakeholder Dialogue. To join the standardization processes, please contact rene.lindner@din.de.

For further information, visit the project website.
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5 October 2017

Deadline approaches for European Green Leaf Award

The application deadline for the European Green Leaf Award is fast approaching, with the submission period set to close on 18 October.

To celebrate the tenth year of the European Green Capital competition, the European Commission will, for the first time, award a financial prize of €75,000 to the winner of the European Green Leaf 2019 title.

The European Green Leaf Award, established in 2015, commends the work of smaller cities in driving environmental change. Previous winners include Mollet del Vallès (Spain), Torres Vedras (Portugal), and Galway (Ireland).

The award is open to all towns and cities across Europe with a population of between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. The evaluation process consists of two-stages. First, an international independent expert panel assesses each city’s application, selecting a shortlist for the second stage of the competition. Applicants are then assessed based on six topic areas.

For information on the entry criteria and to submit an application, visit the European Green Capital website.
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4 October 2017

Bologna wins “Bold Measure Award” at the 2017 CIVITAS Awards

The winners of the 2017 CIVITAS Awards were recently revealed during an award ceremony in Torres Vedras (Portugal). This year’s “Bold Measure Award”, which is given to the city that adopts a daring and innovative approach that has not been widely implemented yet, was given to ICLEI Member Bologna (Italy).

Bologna was honored for their “Bella Mossa” project, which rewards citizens with discounts and prizes each time they complete a trip sustainably, such as by using public transport, cycling or walking, acquiring healthy habits.

Sustainable trips are tracked through the BetterPoints platform, which works through a GPS-installed app. The scheme is a public-private partnership, with 50 shops (small to very large) providing discounts and prizes.

The CIVITAS awards highlight the most ambitious, innovative and successful efforts in the field of sustainable urban mobility.

For more information, visit the CIVITAS website.
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3 October 2017

EcoMobility World Festival sees strong European representation

The official opening of the Ecomobility World Festival 2017 took place on Sunday 1 October in Kaohsiung, kicking off a month long celebration of sustainable forms of mobility.

The festival will include workshops and cultural tours, events, and performances. The highlight of the festival will be the three-day EcoMobility World Congress, during which leaders and technical experts from around the world will come together to discuss the future of urban mobility and sustainable transport. This year’s World Congress will feature a number of European speakers, with the Mayor of Bonn (Germany), Ashok Shridharan, and the Mayor of Utrecht (Netherlands), Jan Van Zanen, representing their respective cities.

The opening ceremony began with a celebratory parade through the streets of Hamasen, the historic neighbourhood that plays host to the festival. Hamasen is undertaking a month long experiment in sustainable mobility by prioritising cleaner methods of transport such as walking, cycling, and electric vehicles. Through the festival, the city of Kaohsiung is taking a bold step towards transforming their transportation culture.

During the opening ceremony, Mayor Chen Chu of Kaohsiung celebrated the transformation of the Hamasen neighbourhood. Gino van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI, acknowledged the leadership shown by Mayor Chen and her commitment to sustainable transport. Mr van Begin also highlighted the important example set by Kaohsiung for other cities around the world in hosting this Festival.

Mayor Yeom of Suwon (South Korea), the host city of the first EcoMobility World Festival in 2013, celebrated the opening of Kaohsiung’s EcoMobility Festival. He congratulated Mayor Chen on her leadership and expressed his hope for further collaboration and partnership between the two cities.

These remarks show the power of city to city collaboration and exemplify how cities can work together to build the future of sustainable urban transport.

For more information, visit the festival website.
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2 October 2017

Paris conference to explore removal of endocrine disruptors from cities

Endocrine disruptors, chemicals that interfere with hormone systems in the body, remain a major challenge for human health and the health of cities. Cities across Europe are taking steps to address the issue, with Madrid (Spain) recently committing itself to become an endocrine disruptor free city. In France, the national strategy on endocrine disruptors aims to reduce society’s exposure to them. An upcoming conference on 10 October in Paris (France) will present the experiences of French and European cities in their quest to become endocrine disruptor free areas.

The one day event will commence with an opening address by Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, and will consist of lectures on the work of cities across the continent. The conference will also showcase the work of cities in the Baltic States through the NonHazCity project, as well as work undertaken by the City of Lille (France) through their ‘100 days of health’ project.

The conference is organised in partnership with Elus Santé Publique Territoires and Mairie du IIe arr town hall, Paris with the support of Paris City Council.

To register for the event, click here [in French], or email contact@reseau-environnement-sante.net
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