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27 February 2019

How the building sector can contribute to a climate-neutral Europe

The building sector is responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption, as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU. As such, the decarbonisation potential within this sector is great. Energy efficiency, including zero-emissions buildings, is one of the pathways the EU strategy for a clima...

25 February 2019

Multi-level governance: an essential part of the strategy to achieve climate-neutrality

On Sunday, 24 February, the German City of Freiburg im Breisgau held a referendum to decide whether or not to build a new eco-district, called Dietenbach. The motion passed, with 60 percent voting in favour of building the site. The plan provides for 6,500 apartments, schools and kindergartens, loc...

13 February 2019

Landmark legislation passed on the Balearic Islands

On Tuesday 12 February 2019, the government of the regional autonomous community of the Balearic Islands (Spain) passed a landmark piece of legislation - the Climate Change and Energy Transition Law. The law, which was pioneered by the progressive coalition governing the islands, commits the region...

16 January 2019

Cities invited to apply for 2019 European Solar Prize

Applications and proposals in the field of renewable energies can now be submitted to the EUROSOLAR award. Cities, municipalities, architects, municipal and private companies, associations, organisations and cooperatives from all over Europe are invited to participate. The European Solar Prize was ...

19 December 2018

Cities acclerate climate action through Low Emissions Development Strategies

November 2018 saw the kick-start of Urban-LEDS II "Accelerating climate action through the promotion of Urban Low Emissions Development Strategies" which aims to support integrated climate action in emerging economies and least developed countries. The project implements the new framework of the Gl...

18 December 2018

Get energised in 2019 with our sustainable energy events

If one thing is clear from the recent international climate change negotiations, which recently took place in Katowice (Poland) and the European Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a climate-neutral economy by 2050, it’s that decarbonising the energy supply will be a major task f...

16 November 2018

Bristol moves carbon neutrality target forward by 20 years

In the wake of the latest IPCC report, which warned that humanity has 12 years to take emergency action in order to prevent global warming greater than 1.5°C, ICLEI Member Bristol (United Kingdom) has backed an ambitious new pledge for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030 - 20 years earlier...

29 October 2018

Local Renewables Conference calls for a rapid transformation to a circular economy to stop the slide towards climate catastrophe

The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) marks the strongest international warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. Limiting this increase to 1.5ºC requires rapid and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. In this context, the ninth L...

24 October 2018

Local Renewables 2018 challenges cities and regions to think circular

Today, international policy makers from all levels of government, energy and resource experts, researchers and business will come together in Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland) for the 9th Local Renewables Conference, 24-26 October. Organised across borders by ICLEI-Local Governments for Su...