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Call open for 2016 European Green Leaf Award

18 September 2015

The Call for Applications for the 2016 European Green Leaf (EGL) Award is currently open. The European Green Leaf is a competition open to cities with a population of between 20,000 and 100,000. It recognises success in achieving green growth, and is awarded to cities that bring green living concepts to life. European Green Leaf cities act as ambassadors to encourage others to follow their example. Eight cities from seven countries across Europe applied for the pilot 2015 European Green Leaf...

Call for applications open in European Green Capital Award

18 September 2015

The Call for Applications for the 2018 European Green Capital Award is now open and will run until Monday 19 October. This competition is open to all cities across Europe with more than 100,000 inhabitants. All European cities that comply with the eligibility check may apply for the European Green Capital Award by submitting an online application form. The shortlisted cities are invited to present their vision, action plan and communication strategy to the jury, which will then select a...

Rio de Janeiro is first fully compliant city in Compact of Mayors

14 September 2015

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes announced at the end of August that his city is fully compliant with the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making urban communities more resilient to climate change and regularly reporting their progress. Rio is the first city in the world to reach the Compact compliance milestone.

Public Consultation on Intelligent Transport Systems

14 September 2015

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has launched a public consultation on the ‘Provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services under the ITS Directive (2010/40/EU)’. The objective of the consultation is to collect the opinions of stakeholders and interested parties and gain quantitative evidence on issues related to the provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services.

Low-carbon cities are a EUR 15 trillion opportunity worldwide

14 September 2015

According to new research released by New Climate Economy, a major international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change, investment in smart cities has the potential to generate savings of US $17 trillion (EUR 15 trillion) by 2050, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030.

European Parliament recognises role of local authorities in green employment

14 September 2015

On 8 July 2015, the European Parliament adopted a new Communication ‘Green Employment Initiative: tapping into the job creation potential in the green economy’. The Communication stresses the important role played by local and regional authorities in education, infrastructure, supporting local businesses and creating stable employment, within the context of the transition to a greener economy.

UK's energy infrastructure revolution begins

13 July 2015

Forecasts of 10 million homes with solar panels by 2020, electric vehicle sales increasing to 6.4 million by 2023 and increasing use of distributed generation is creating unprecedented challenges in managing energy consumption and generation across the UK's aging grid, the UK Smart Cities Council said on its website, adding that these challenges could be met through a revolution in energy infrastructure. To set that this revolution in motion, Electricity North West, a British electricity...

EC publishes results of public consultation on EU Urban Agenda

13 July 2015

The European Commission unveiled the results of a public consultation on the EU Urban Agenda during the 2nd European CITIES Forum, which was held in Brussels on June 2, 2015. The consultation shows that Europe can help cities address common challenges and, in turn, contribute to the Commission's priorities such as a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.

The European Commission said in a statement that the consultation showed a clear demand by...

No global climate deal without cities

13 July 2015

European cities have a wealth of experience and expertise to share that could make the crucial difference in achieving global climate goals, EUROCITIES, a network that brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe's largest cities and 40 partner cities, said in statement timed to coincide with a meeting of European mayors in Nantes. The European mayors met in Nantes at the start of June to discuss the challenges and opportunities of climate action, ahead of the COP 21 in Paris...