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

A politicial board of cities to steer the EU Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy entered a new phase in its history with the launch of the European Covenant of Mayors Board, reaffirming the initiative as a unique political movement steered by mayors.

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publication date: 13-02-2017

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From Greece to the Netherlands: Cities learning from each other on climate adaptation

In January 2017, the 11 European cities selected to take part in the 2016 Mayors Adapt twinning programme (now formally part of the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy), attended one of the four visits organised across Europe to learn about urban climate change adaptation.

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publication date: 10-02-2017

  •  knowledge society

Green Digital Charter 2016 Awards: Bristol, Lisbon and Zagreb shortlisted in ‘Creation of European added value’ category

The winning project will be in line with the relevant EU policies and/or targets; has involved in its implementation a number of cities across Europe; and has been replicated (or has the potential to be replicated) in a number of European cities, preferably in different countries.

news

publication date: 19-01-2017

38th Euroheat & Power Congress

Our future depends on the choices we make today! Heating and Cooling are together the largest single source of energy demand in Europe, and this demand is currently met largely by fossil fuels.

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start date: 14-05-2017
end date: 17-05-2017

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Cities urge MEPs to act now to avoid another emissions scandal

Deputy mayors from London and Paris spoke at our event on 10 January, ahead of the European Parliament committee vote on the Type Approval Framework Regulation.

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publication date: 11-01-2017

  •  environment
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES event: What should the European Parliament do to avoid another emissions scandal?

The deputy mayors of London and Paris will join us for a discussion on vehicle emissions before MEPs vote on the new Type Approval Framework Regulation.

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publication date: 09-01-2017

City twinnings on climate adaptation: 11 finalists

Over the summer, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy launched an online call for participation in the second edition of its city twinning programme on adaptation to climate change.

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publication date: 28-11-2016

  •  environment
  •  mobility

European Energy Efficiency Fund to re-open technical assistance programme

The deadline to apply for technical assistance is 23 December 2016.

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publication date: 22-11-2016

  •  environment

Mediterranean cities exchange on solutions to climate related challenges

Representatives from the Greek city of Chania visited Barcelona on 3-5 October to learn about its climate adaptation solutions and sustainability strategy.

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publication date: 28-10-2016