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European Green Capital - 11.10.2016
Good Practices in sustainable urban planning: new reportWith climate change’s consequences becoming increasingly present in the media and current events; towns and cities are becoming more aware of the need for sustainable urban policies.
It’s one thing to see the policy on paper, but what does it look like on the ground? European Green Capital and European Green Leaf have published their Good Practices report, with a great number of examples from European cities implementing sustainable urban planning.
From energy coaching to tap water promotion, find inspiration from great sustainable urban planning projects all around Europe here.
C40 - 09.08.2016
Anne Hidalgo elected as new President of the largest network of the world’s megacitiesThe Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, was elected new president of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Groupon on Monday 8 August. The C40 gathers 83 of the world’s biggest cities committed to addressing climate change. She will hold this position for three years.
Anne Hidalgo, who is also president of UCLG Standing committee on gender equality, will be the first woman chair of this organisation.
COP22 - 03.08.2016
Ambitious targets, local solutions - CEMR responds to Global Climate Action Agenda consultationWe want concrete and ambitious targets to fight climate change and protect the environment. The best way to do so is by listening and giving flexibility to towns and regions.
That’s the essence of the response CEMR and PLATFORMA have sent to the consultation led by UNFCCC on the global roadmap for the Global Climate Action Agenda, ahead of COP22 in Marrakesh.
COP21 was a success for towns, regions and the climate – we want COP22 to follow the same path.
You can find the full response here.
European Green Capital - 30.06.2016
A workshop full of great tips for candidate citiesThe European Commission is holding a workshop on Friday 1 July for cities interested in applying for the 2019 European Green Capital Award.
This workshop will give an overview of the competition, the dos and don’ts of applying, and advice from previous and current winners. It will take place at the European Commission in Brussels, and will also be webstreamed.
The European Green Capital Award is given to the cities that set the highest standards in environmentally-friendly sustainable urban development.
For further information and to register, please click here.
Energy Efficiency - 15.03.2016
CEMR put forward several key messages to ensure the revision of EU directivesCEMR attended the high-level stakeholder event organised by the Commission on 14 March. The aim of the event was to discuss the future of two EU directives that are at the core of the Energy Union Strategy, and which are now in the process of being revised: the directive on energy efficiency (EED) and the directive on energy performance on buildings (EPBD).
On this occasion, CEMR put forward several messages to ensure the right revision of each directive, including:
- To maintain a high ambition at EU level to reach energy efficiency;
- To involve local and regional governments in all the reviews of the directives and at the early stage;
- To allow for flexibility in reaching energy efficiency and performance in buildings;
- To assisting towns and regions with the appropriate financial and governance means
Circular economy - 26.02.2016
"Towns and regions should be consulted", says MEP Simona Bonafe's cabinet memberIt is important to take into account the vision of local and regional governments in the transition towards a circular economy. This is in short what Marco Leonardi, assistant to MEP Simona Bonafe - rapporteur of the waste package reports - highlighted at a CEMR expert group meeting on waste management, on 25 February 2016.
The meeting constituted a platform for exchange of views with EU officials that will serve to enrich CEMR's position paper to be published in the coming weeks.
Sustainable energy week - 15.02.2016
Organise an "Energy day" in your town or regionThe European Commission invites you to become an Energy day’s organiser during the Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), to be held from 13 to 16 June 2016.
Workshops, competitions, online events, open door days, or any other event you decide to organise should put forward local projects promoting secure, clean and efficient energy.
Covenant of Mayors Africa - 11.02.2016
Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa: first stepIn order to implement the Covenant of Mayors in sub-Saharan Africa, CEMR is looking for pilot towns and cities to develop local energy policies, based on the the principles of the Covenant.
To this aim, CEMR is organising a set of workshops in four African countries: Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Cabo Verde. A first stop will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) on Friday 12 February.
Environmental noise - 04.02.2016
EU Commission has launched a consultation on the Environmental Noise DirectiveThe consultation aims to collect the views of citizens and associations of citizens, local and regional governments as well all other interested stakeholders, addressing specifically the relevance, effectiveness and EU added value of the Environmental Noise Directive.
The deadline to participate is 28 March 2016.
Eva Baños de Guisasola
Adviser – Global Agendas, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate
Tel : +32 2 500 05 45
Skype : eva.banos.de.guisasola
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