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

Save-the-date: City leadership for climate, December 10th

Ready to showcase your cities climate ambition? Join EUROCITIES at the peak of its climate campaign to showcase cities’ solutions to climate challenges on the 10th December at the European Parliament. This high-level event will be featuring a panel composed of EU commission officials, members of the European Parliament, city officials and business representatives. In addition, we will be launching the much anticipated EUROCITIES climate publication demonstrating innovative...

event

start date: 10-12-2019
end date: 10-12-2019

  •  knowledge society

Data people cities - EUROCITIES citizen data principles in action

We have selected 10 projects from different cities that are good examples to illustrate each of our 10 principles on citizen data. We want to show how local governments are fully engaged in exploiting the opportunities of the digital transformation in many different policy areas to benefit citizens, and we hope these examples will inspire other cities to do the same. Enjoy the reading and be inspired!

publication

publication date: 10-10-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

What's hot at the EU Week of Regions and Cities?

We are busy at this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities, from 7-10 October, making sure there are plenty of sessions that meet the needs and interests of our member cities. There is a lot to choose from, so here’s a quick run-down of the sessions to look out for.

news

publication date: 27-09-2019

  •  environment

Coastal cities under threat from sea level rise according to latest IPCC report

On 25 September, the IPCC released its latest Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

news

publication date: 26-09-2019

  •  environment

EUROCITIES launches joint plastics declaration with the city of Oslo

With plastic production set to increase from the current global production of 300 million tonnes per year, so too will the volume of plastic waste. Cities are already at the forefront of the battle against plastic use and waste, so what is your city doing to reduce its use of unnecessary and single use plastic and move towards sustainable products?

news

publication date: 26-09-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

event

start date: 18-11-2019
end date: 18-11-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Turn your action plan into a strategic investment plan

Having objectives and a sustainable energy and climate action plan (SECAP) is great, but how to we turn those objectives into reality?

event

start date: 09-10-2019
end date: 09-10-2019

  •  environment

UN Climate Action Summit: Cities taking action on climate change

EUROCITIES members are climate leaders. Many cities have plans and targets aligned to limiting temperature rise to 1.5C, and often they are more ambitious than their national governments.

news

publication date: 23-09-2019

  •  environment

Open Access Government: Cities are partners in a common future for Europe

Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, looks at some of the main challenges facing Europe and how cities can be part of the solution.

publication

publication date: 19-09-2019