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4 December 2019

Barcelona, Cologne and Stockholm prove growth does not have to come at the expense of CO2 reductions

After five years of implementing sustainable smart city solutions through the GrowSmarter project, ICLEI Members Barcelona (Spain) and Stockholm (Sweden), alongside Cologne (Germany), recently came together to share key insights and results, proving that growth does not have to come at the expense o...

2 December 2019

Applications open for the European Entrepreneurial Region Award

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has launched the next edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award: EER Award 2021. The theme of this year’s EER Award is “Entrepreneurship for a green and sustainable future.” Are you a European city or region with a sust...

27 November 2019

ICLEI Europe on-the-ground at COP25

This December, countries from across the world will meet in Madrid (Spain) for the 25th Conference of the Parties of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25). Past meetings have led to landmark agreements, such as the Paris Agreement, which was the result of COP21. ICLEI i...

26 November 2019

German Sustainability Awards presented to leaders in environmental protection

The twelfth German Sustainability Awards were presented this week in Düsseldorf (Germany). The award recognises sustainability achievements in businesses, by municipalities, and in research. ICLEI Europe sat on the independent expert jury. The winners of the award for Cities and Towns, who had...

22 November 2019

Stockholm wins the World Smart City Award

ICLEI Member Stockholm (Sweden) was named the world’s smartest city during the Smart City Expo World Congress in ICLEI Member Barcelona (Spain) on 20 November. The City’s leadership in the European Smart Cities and Communities project GrowSmarter, in which ICLEI Europe is a partner, was ...

13 November 2019

Gothenburg named European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020

In the face of strong competition from 35 applicant cities representing 17 EU countries, ICLEI Member Gothenburg (Sweden) was named the 2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism, alongside Malaga (Spain). Each year, the European Commission uses this award to recognise two EU cities that have excelled ...

7 November 2019

ICLEI Regional Director challenges cities to dare to try new approaches

There is great potential for local governments to use public procurement to strengthen their work on climate change and sustainability. Green and socially responsible public procurement are key tools laid out in the German governments’ Sustainability Agenda to achieve its climate targets. How...

6 November 2019

ICLEI Members win German climate action awards

ICLEI Member Freiburg (Germany) is among the winners recently announced at the German “Klimaaktiv Kommune 2019” awards (“Climate Active Communities” awards). Freiburg was recognised for their urban climate adaptation concept, which builds resilience against heat stress and is...

31 October 2019

ICLEI Members lead the way in European sustainable mobility innovation

This month, ICLEI Members at the forefront of sustainable urban mobility – including Ghent (Belgium), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Stockholm (Sweden), and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) – have had their successes shared and recognised through the release of two mobility publications, announcement of m...