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.

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Participate in mayors’ debate at Stavanger Nordic Edge

Mayors committed to engaging and empowering their citizens are invited lay out their vision by participating in a themed debate at Stavanger Nordic Edge on 24 September.

event

start date: 24-09-2018
end date: 24-09-2018

  •  environment

Information Day on Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials" - 2019 calls

On 11 and 12 September an Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials" - 2019 calls is organised by the European Commission in Brussels.

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start date: 11-09-2018
end date: 12-09-2018

  •  environment

Join the 2018 Climathon and find groundbreaking solutions to your climate and energy challenges on 26 October 2018

The Climathon is a 24-hour hackathon taking place on 26 October 2018 simultaneously in major cities around the world. The European Covenant of Mayors, partnering with the event, invites all the municipalities of the Covenant community to join this global movement dedicated to solving the toughest climate challenges cities face today.

event

start date: 26-10-2018
end date: 26-10-2018

  •  environment

European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards now open

The European Commission has launched its competition for the 2021 European Green Capital and 2020 European Green Leaf Award winning cities.

news

publication date: 13-06-2018

  •  mobility

Register now for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2018

This year's campaign for sustainable mobility is taking multimodal transport as its theme and calling all cities organising activities between 16-22 September to register them online now.

news

publication date: 08-06-2018

  •  environment

EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - environment

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES environment forum

publication

publication date: 07-06-2018

  •  environment

Covenant of Mayors webinar: Have your say in the Global Covenant Reporting Framework

This webinar is proposed by the EU Covenant office to introduce you to the proposed Global Covenant framework and present you the survey questions.

event

start date: 08-06-2018
end date: 08-06-2018

  •  environment

Have your say in the Global Covenant Reporting Framework

The GCoM has opened a public consultation period ending on June 15 2018, open to all Covenant cities and any other party to provide feedback on the recommended Common Reporting Framework.

news

publication date: 05-06-2018

  •  environment

'EU for Talanoa' Conference - 13 June 2018, Brussels

The 'EU for Talanoa' conference will take place on 13 June 2018 in Brussels. It is organised by the European Commission as part of the EU's contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue, an international process to take stock of the collective and individual efforts towards the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

event

start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 13-06-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

One month left to be the next European Capital of Smart Tourism

Cities have just one month left to apply for a range of honours in smart tourism.

news

publication date: 28-05-2018