Published: 20/09/2016

How Amsterdam is building a zero-emissions city

Nick Michell looks at how the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, through its Zero Emissions Cities project, is striving to develop an approach to get cities onto a zero-emissions pathway

Urban areas consume over 70 percent of the world’s energy and contribute 70 to 80 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Rapid urbanisation will further increase GHG emissions, which is why many city authorities around the world are making ambitious commitments to reduce their emissions over the coming decades.

Published: 20/09/2016

Agreed Draft of the New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda draft has finally been agrred on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meeting which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September 2016 and it will be adopted in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

Published: 20/09/2016

Glasgow unveils UK’s first city resilience strategy

Produced as part of Glasgow’s partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, the resilience strategy is based on a lengthy and detailed conversation with 3,500 Glaswegians. The strategy examines how individuals, communities, businesses and institutions can continue to grow despite the challenges created by a modern, urban setting.

The ‘Resilient Glasgow’ Strategy details almost 50 different actions intended to create a stronger and more adaptable city.


Smart urban mobility: cities of the future

Date and place:
22 September 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

This is an outreach event of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities. It is organised by the European Commission Directorate-General Mobility and Transport together with the EIP action cluster sustainable urban mobility, and the city of Prague. Partners of the EIP Smart Cities as well as all other interested city representatives and experts will exchange information and discuss how to take forward innovations in smart electro-mobility and smart mobility services and contribute to the ongoing roll-out initiatives.

CIVITAS Forum Conference

Date and place:
28 September 2016 to 30 September 2016
Gdynia, Poland

The 14th edition of the CIVITAS Forum Conference will take place in Gdynia between the 28th and 30th of September 2016. The theme of the Conference will be “Shaping the mobility of tomorrow”.  The three-days programme of the conference will offer a selection of collaborative workshops, state-of-the-art presentations and interesting site visits.

1st International Conference “Smart Ideas and a New Concept of Economic Regeneration in Europe”

Date and place:
28 September 2016 to 01 October 2016
Dubrovnik, Croatia

The conference covers seven main topics. The contents of Topic 7. Smart cities and the new economy include: a. Intergovernmental fiscal relations in the digital age, b. Financing and smart economy, c. Smart infrastructure, d. Business friendly environment at the local level, e. Interdisciplinary aspects of local economic development, f. Globalisation and local economic development, g. New perspective on public goods and services, h. Local government administration and digital economy