climate

Despite efforts to limit the impact of climate change, it is clear that global warming cannot be completely avoided. Rising sea levels, extreme weather phenomena with heavier rainfall and wind, more floods and more droughts will be a reality to which Europe will need to adapt.

Cities are a particular case for climate adaptation. They have a high population density, with 75% of Europe’s population living in cities. They will also have to deal with specific issues, such as urban ‘heat island’ effects and exacerbated risk of flooding due to less permeable surfaces.

While cities may have common issues, each needs to find its own strategy that takes into account many different factors: geographical situations and climatic conditions vary widely, as do the population and historical makeup of cities. The development of new neighbourhoods will also have to take into account climate adaptation.

We are well aware of the challenge. A number of our member cities already have climate adaptation strategies in place that involve relevant policies and issues, including water management, green infrastructure for climate adaptation, and many more.

We support the exchange of best practice between more advanced cities and cities that do not yet have a complete strategy. We also help coordinate adaptation strategies at different levels of government by giving cities a channel to the EU institutions.

Following input to the European Commission’s white paper on climate adaptation, we have participated in initiatives such as the European Commission’s adaptation steering group and the ClimSave FP7 stakeholder panel on climate adaptation.

Imagine the urban future: 24-hour cities- Making the most of the night time economy

On 26 June, you are invited to Imagine the urban future and discuss 24-hour cities and how cities can make the most of the night time economy.

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publication date: 18-04-2019

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publication date: 16-04-2019

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start date: 17-06-2019
end date: 17-06-2019

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start date: 05-06-2019
end date: 07-06-2019

  •  economy
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start date: 16-05-2019
end date: 17-05-2019

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publication date: 09-04-2019

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Cities Today: European cities to slash carbon emissions by 40 percent

12 European cities agreed to cut their carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030, at the EUROCITIES Environment Forum in Genoa.

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publication date: 08-04-2019

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12 big European cities commit to at least 40% carbon emission reductions by 2030

Cities are leading the way on efficient emissions reduction. At a signing ceremony today in Genoa, 12 big European cities committed to at least 40% carbon emissions reduction by 2030 and adaptation to climate change, in line with the EU climate objectives.

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publication date: 03-04-2019

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Conference on Urban adaptation to Climate Change - 25 April 2019

In the framework of this year's EU Green Week theme 'Take the initiative! Applying environmental legislation', Lille Metropole will organise a conference and networking event on 'Urban adaptation to climate change' taking place on 25 April 2019 at the European Committee of the Regions.

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start date: 25-04-2019
end date: 25-04-2019

Open Access Government: A social challenge for Europe

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES explains why the fight against poverty and social exclusion is a social challenge for Europe

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publication date: 28-03-2019