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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...

European cities driving energy transition

13 July 2015

The Covenant of Mayors and the Smart Cities & Communities initiatives organised a joint event on June 17 within the framework of the High-level Policy Conference “European cities driving the energy transition”, which was held as part of the European Commission’s European Sustainable Energy Week organised (EUSEW).

The joint event aimed at highlighting the key role played by cities - both large and small - in achieving energy transition. The conference notably showcased the progress...

Cities and regions commit to fighting climate change

13 July 2015

Cities and regions of the world announced a series of commitments to fight climate change at the World Summit Climate & Territories in Lyon on July 2. When implemented, these commitments will represent a reduction of carbon emissions of 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020. According to a declaration signed by 50 organisations representing subnational and local governments and civil society, it will not be possible to tackle climate disruption efficiently without adopting a territorial approach....