ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.
ICLEI Europe provides its members in Europe, the Middle East and West Asia with a voice on the European and international stage, a platform to connect with peers and tools to drive positive environmental, economic and social change. ICLEI Europe works closely with an extended network of local and regional governments and partners on a broad range of topics.
To move towards resilient communities, ICLEI provides targeted guidance and practical tools, and supports cities, towns and urban regions to develop adaptation and resilience strategies and action plans, and to integrate them into statutory planning processes, ultimately improving cities’ ability to safeguard citizens from the consequences of climate change induced, man-made and natural hazards.
ICLEI’s office of Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Resilience produces a regular Urban Resilience News update, which informs readers about the latest developments in the field.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union, whose task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. The EEA aims to support sustainable development by helping to achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policymaking agents and the public.
The European environment information and observation network (Eionet) is a partnership network of the EEA and its member and cooperating countries. Through Eionet, the EEA brings together environmental information from individual countries concentrating on the delivery of timely, nationally validated, high-quality data.
This knowledge is made widely available through the EEA website and forms the basis of both thematic and integrated environmental assessments. This information serves to support environmental management processes, environmental policymaking and assessment, as well as citizen participation.
ARCH is a European-funded research project that aims to better preserve areas of cultural heritage from hazards and risks. The ARCH team with the cities of Bratislava, Camerino, Hamburg and Valencia co-creates tools that will help cities save cultural heritage from the effects of climate change.
ARCH develops a disaster risk management framework for assessing and improving the resilience of historic areas to climate change and natural hazards. Tools and methodologies are designed for local authorities and practitioners, the urban population, and national and international expert communities.
NetworkNature is a resource for the nature-based solutions community, creating opportunities for local, regional and international cooperation to maximise the impact and spread of nature-based solutions. The project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme.
The LIFE programme is the only EU programme solely dedicated to the environment and climate action. Since 1992, LIFE has been continuously co-funding innovative projects demonstrating the adaptive potential of green and blue infrastructure in local planning. More recently, the scope of LIFE projects co-funded has shifted to integrated, ecosystem-based solutions for whole districts or even whole cities, enabling the development of innovative adaptation technologies within the water, energy and construction sectors and increasing the focus on health-related issues. The programme is managed by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) as of 1 April 2021. The new agency has a key role in supporting the European Green Deal.
Visit our LIFE programme stand in EURESFO 2021 and learn more about the new LIFE programme 2021-2027 and the #EULIFE21 call for proposals!!!
As part of the European Covenant of Mayors movement, cities and towns are taking climate and energy action to secure a better future for their citizens.
How to finance sustainable development by green bonds
In recent years, the City of Malmö has developed a green bond framework that is promoted as a best practice for the Nordic green bond market. It contributes to ambitious investments in sustainable urban development.
In autumn 2017, the City of Malmö established its green bond framework. Sustainalytics was engaged to provide a Second Opinion on the framework’s environmental credentials. Sustainalytics verified the framework’s transparency and robustness and its alignment with the four pillars of the International Capital Market Association’s (ICMA) Green Bond Principles. Sustainalytics highlights the City of Malmö’s commitment to provide investors with comprehensive impact reporting and sees the level of detail brought by the municipality as a best practice for the Nordic green bond market. Additionally, Sustainalytics is of the opinion that projects funded by the proceeds of the green bonds will positively contribute to the success of the City’s Environmental Programmes, which include ambitious environmental targets, and will contribute to advancing Sustainable Development Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 15.
Second generation of green bonds
In 2018 a new green bond came that gather finance a representative and broad pool of green projects and assets. Green buildings are estimated to comprise about 75% of the green bond portfolio but in the wake of the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure, investments allocated to the project categories of Clean transportation and Energy efficiency will increase over time. An example of a project financed under the green building category is Malmö’s concert hall “Malmö Live”, with a LEED Platinum certification.
ICLEI Europe and Google have been working together to investigate how the Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) tool can assist cities in advancing local climate action and in achieving their local carbon reduction goals. During the market place you will have the opportunity to explore the tool and learn more about it.
The Google EIE is a globally consistent, freely available dataset that estimates buildings and transportation emissions as well as solar rooftop potential in cities globally worldwide by harnessing proprietary data and varied machine learning modelling techniques.
UNDP contributes to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and development towards a low-emission and climate-resilient economy, by removing policy bottlenecks, developing market mechanisms, and assisting municipalities in implementing energyefficient solutions.
The goal of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funding measure ‘Regionale Informationen zum Klimahandeln – ReglKlim’ ('Regional Information for climate action’) is to develop specific, tailored digital decision tools to support local and regional adaptation processes.
Within the framework of ReglKlim, these climate services will be co-developed with practitioners from municipalities in six transdisciplinary model regions. The services focus on dealing with heatwaves, droughts, heavy rains, storm floods, as well as high and low water levels. The funding measure aims to transfer and integrate the locally developed climate services and their overall methodological approaches to other regions facing similar challenges.