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  • World Climate Awards - 11.10.2021

    Paris and Samsø are "climate leaders", says UN
    The UN has revealed the winners of the 10th anniversary edition of its Global Climate Action Awards. Among the winners are the City of Paris and the Danish island-municipality of Samsø. The two municipalities were awarded the title of "climate leaders".

    Paris was recognised for its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, to expand the use of solar panels to 20% of Parisian rooftops and to become a 100% bikeable city.

    Samsø, with a population of around 3700, has already become net carbon zero through the use of renewable energy, electric vehicles and biomass.

    The awards serve as another example that all places - urban or rural, great or small, central or peripheral - can do their part and have an impact aganst climate change.
  • Event - 14.06.2021

    Connecting Nature Enterprise Summit Poznan 2021
    As the world looks to build back better after the pandemic, innovators are leading to the way towards sustainable business models inspired by nature. That's why the city of Poznan is hosting the Connecting Nature Enterprise Summit, an online event bringing together mayors, business leaders and policymakers from across Europe, with the support of the European Commission.

    The summit will explore the challenges and opportunities of embracing nature-based solutions. Hosted on a virtual platform with panel discussions, presentations, workshops, capacity building sessions and plenty of opportunity to connect with other participants. Get inspired, naturally!

    Dates: 29-30 June 2021
    Website and programme
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    Languages: English and Polish
  • Study - 24.11.2020

    How cities and regions can lead the environmental and energy transitions
    The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published an in-depth report looking at how local and regional governments can lead the way towards climate-neutral and low-waste economies by 2050.

    Drawing on academic and policy expert discussions with the European Commission, the study shows what cities, regions and rural areas can do in a wide range of areas, including energy supply, conversion and use, the transformation of mobility systems and land use practices.

    To find out more and read the report, please consult the OECD website.
  • Consultation - 20.11.2020

    How can Europe maximise energy efficiency by 2030?
    The European Union is preparing to reform its Energy Efficiency Directive, a major law stipulating how to reduce energy waste. The legislation has great implications for the construction and refurbishing of buildings, and public authorities’ responsibilities in this area. The reform aims to accelerate the achievement of the EU’s 2030 energy efficiency targets and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by that year.

    With the launch of a public consultation on energy efficiency, the European Commission wants to hear the views of municipalities, regions and their associations on how to improve this legislation. The EU wants to hear about your experiences and proposals! So do not hesitate to get involved. The consultation’s online questionnaire will be available in all official EU languages. You have until 9 February 2021 to reply.
  • Green finance - 29.10.2020

    ​A global guide to climate finance
    Climate Chance, an association promoting the role of local government and civil society in fighting climate change, has just published the third edition of its Global Synthesis Report on Climate Finance. The report analyses recent trends on climate finance with numerous charts and figures, including the expansion of green bonds and Europe’s leading position.

    Discover the full report and the four-page summary for decisionmakers.
  • Green Leaf and Green Capital - 09.10.2020

    Grenoble, Lappeenranta and Gabrovo win European green city awards
    The beautiful city of Grenoble will be Europe’s Green Capital for 2022. The French Alpine city won the award thanks to its ambitious climate and energy policies: carbon emissions will be reduced by 50% by 2030 and 100% of households’ energy needs will be provided by renewables by 2022.

    The cities of Lappeenranta (Finland) and Gabrovo (Bulgaria) won the 2021 European Green Leaf Award for 2021, which is given to cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants. Lappeenranta aims to become climate-neutral by 2030, while Gabrovo has made great gains increasing energy efficiency and use of clean technologies. By recognising cities’ environmental efforts, the awards give them visibility and a boost to their territorial attractiveness.
  • Have your say - 20.08.2020

    How can the EU's energy rules contribute to a low-carbon future?
    The European Commission is reviewing the EU’s rules on energy efficiency and renewable energies. The goal: to see what reforms to this legislation could contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 55% by 2030. From refurbishing buildings to the transformation of local power supplies, these rules naturally have a significant impact on towns and regions.

    Municipalities, regions and their associations have until 21 September 2020 to share their views. You can answer the consultations on energy efficiency and/or renewable energies via the Commission’s website.
  • Consultation - 30.07.2020

    How can we decarbonise European transport?
    As part of the Green Deal, the European Union wants to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050. But how should Europe go about achieving this?

    Local and regional governments and their associations are encouraged to send in their suggestions to the European Commission. Indeed, the EU’s executive intends to adopt a strategy to meet this target and ensure that the European transport sector is fit for a clean, digital and modern economy.

    Objectives include: increasing the uptake of zero-emission vehicles, making sustainable alternative solutions available to the public and businesses, supporting digitalisation and automation, and improving connectivity and access.

    Please click here for more information and to submit your suggestions. You have until 10 August to respond.
  • Competition - 28.05.2020

    Launch of the European green cities awards
    The European Commission has launched the 2023 European Green Capital (EGCA 2023) and the 2022 European Green Leaf (EGLA 2022) Awards, recognising cities that are genuinely committed to becoming more sustainable. Winners will receive prizes worth €600,000 and €200,000 respectively, as well gain international visibility and acces to a network of previous finalist and winning cities.

    To find out more and submit your candidacy, check out the green city awards' announcement press release and website. You have until 28 October 2020 to apply. Good luck!
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