New Climate Alliance members
We cordially welcome our new members. The following local authorities have joined Climate Alliance: The municipalities of Grünau im Almtal, Parndorf, Pfaffig and Silz from Austria, the district of Augsburg and the cities of Bargteheide, Braunschweig, Lohmar and Wächstersbach from Germany, and the communities of Falconara Marittima and Montemarciano from Italy. In addition, we welcome our first members in Macedonia, the greater municipality of Karpoš, and in Romania, the city of Tirgu Mureș.
Presently (July 2013) 1626 cities, municipalities and districts as well as 59 provinces and organisations are members of Climate Alliance. Climate Alliance now has members in 22 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.
Global Climate Change Agreement 2015
In March 2013 the European Commission launched a public debate on how to best design a new international agreement to combat climate change. Climate Alliance is actively supporting this process and made suggestions on what is needed to reach a globel deal. Climate Alliance believes that the 2030 climate and energy package is crucial in light of the negotiations. It needs to be ambitious so that Europe can keep its forerunner role in international negotiations. The engagement of European local authorities should be used as an example for setting ambitious climate and energy policies also at the international level. Building on the success of the Covenant of Mayors initiative, the European examples are the real proof that it could also be replicated elsewhere.
Horizon 2020 and IEE
The European leaders stroke the political deal on the upcoming budget, a burning issue on the European agenda during these last months of tense negotiations on the draft regulation for the EU’s multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020. As a result of the "trilogue" meetings held during the last six months, 70.2 billion Euros will be allocated for the Horizon 2020 programme. The political agreement on the EU's long-term budget brought also positive outcomes on the future of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE) within Horizon 2020; also rewarding our intensive lobbying activities around this topic.
Climate Alliance and the 2030 climate and energy policy framework
Climate Alliance calls for binding and ambitious targets for energy efficiency, renewable energy and CO₂ emission reductions in the context of the new European 2030 climate and energy policy framework currently under debate. The design on the new framework will decide the path for the European climate policy for the years to come. The Climate Alliance Resolution on the 2030 framework as well as our response to the public consultation highlights the need for ambitious European wide action but also necessary support frameworks and recognition for local authorities.
Energy cooperatives – Power to the people
Energy cooperatives play a crucial role in overcoming the economic crisis and speeding-up the transition to clean energy. They combine both economic viability and social responsibility. Together with Cooperatives Europe, Friends of the Earth Europe and REScoop Climate Alliance calls the EU decision makers to pave the way for a clean energy revolution led by citizens.
Change in the European Secretariat of Climate Alliance
Anna Brückner (firstname.lastname@example.org) started her new job in the office of Climate Alliance. We welcome our new colleague, and are pleased that with Silvia Guth and Anna Brückner, the office is competent and fully manned again.
New Partnerships to Finance Local Actions
26 September 2013 in Nantes
In the context of the ECOCITY World Summit on 25 - 27 September in Nantes, Climate Alliance will organise a workshop on the "New Partnerships to Finance Local Actions", together with Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and their French section (AFCCRE). Despite a difficult economic situation new and innovative financing schemes are emerging all around Europe. Local authorities have a central role in implementing such schemes and bringing together the private and public sector, and thus facilitating the transition towards a more sustainable future. Lessons learned and barriers encountered will be debated during the session.
A new step for the Covenant of Mayors: Multilevel dialogue and innovative governance
8 October 2013 in Brussels
The national Covenant of Mayors Clubs are one of the success factors of the Covenant of Mayors initiative. The event gives insight of their main benefits and achievements. Feedback from the ground on the Covenant implementation at national level will be presented and discussed via an open dialogue among Covenant Club representatives, Covenant Supporters, local authorities, the European Commission, the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, the Joint Research Centre and the Covenant of Mayors Office. Recommendations from the local level will also be addressed.
Climate Alliance International Annual Conference 2014
8 – 9 May 2014 in Luxembourg
Save the date: Next year the International Annual Conference and General Assembly of Climate Alliance will take place on 8 and 9 May 2014 in Luxembourg. We expect lively discussions on transition from a global perspective, green economy and welfare enterprises, culture and climate protection as well as participation.
ZOOM – Kids on the Move
Since 2002 the ZOOM campaign invites children all over Europe to make their daily journeys independently and in a climate-friendly way. By collecting Green Footprints all over Europe, the children show the "big ones", what the "small ones" do to protect the global climate. Grassroots actions rather than unfruitful negotiations: the kids demonstrate to politicians and the adult public worldwide that they do not accept empty promises but contribute personally to climate protection by collecting Green Footprints eagerly.
Enhance Cycling Policy with Local Naviki Page
The European cycle route planner Naviki offers free routing online or via app, but also tailor-made formats for municipalities and other authorities. In line with a municipality’s corporate design, a Naviki page is the ideal complement to a website and offers an attractive, user-oriented and forward-looking service, reaching from routing to the documentation of cycling activities and statistical features.
Naviki offers new and effective opportunities for the promotion of cycling. Statistics about user behaviour and the local cycling infrastructure render Naviki relevant for local planning. Highlight official cycle path networks for priority routing – and channel your planning know-how directly to your citizens! Thanks to EU funding Naviki can be free of charge for your municipality for an entire year.
In the framework of the international project SEAP_Alps Climate Alliance aims together with ten partners from the Alpine region, to support local authorities in the development and implementation of sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs) and raising awareness on actions related to adaptation to climate change on the local level. The project addresses in particular local authorities that are interested in joining the Covenant of Mayors. In the first newsletter you will learn more about the goals and milestones of the EU project.
RES Champions League
During the congress "100% Renewable Energy Regions" on 24 and 25 September 2013 in Kassel the winning cities and municipalities of the RES Champions League will be awarded for the fourth time. The competition is part of the European project "100%-RES-Communities", which supports in ten rural areas the process of converting the energy supply to renewable energies. Local authorities from ten European countries could participate in the RES Champions League for the first time. Altogether 32 cities and municipalities in four categories were qualified as finalists. On 24 September the twelve champions will be announced.
Repowermap: Interview with Gunnar Thöle from the district of North Friesland
Repowermap - this web based map visualises local initiatives in the areas of renewable energies and energy efficiency. Everyone, ranging from a local authority, an organisation, a company to a private individual is invited to add examples to Repowermap. In fact, users have the possibility to include the map free of charge into their own website. Gunnar Thöle, the climate protection manager of the German district of North Friesland, explains the experiences the district has made with Repowermap.
Peru: Mining of resources threatens indigenous peoples
During a journey of Climate Alliance to the Peruvian Andean city of Cajamarca, the negative impacts of one of the largest gold mines in the world could be seen: At an altitude of almost 4,000 meters in the mine Yanacocha gold is extracted since more than twenty years. Now the mine should be expanded and - to cover the huge power consumption - a big hydroelectric power plant should be built in the provinces of Cajamarca and Amazonas. Huge areas will be flooded. In the recent decades Peru has expended increasingly the mining of natural resources. Thereof, the Andean highlands as well as the Amazon basin are affected.
in German: www.indigene.de
Peruvian ministers resign over Amazon gas project
The plan to expand the existing Camisea gas project in the Amazon, which is within the Nahua-Nanti Reserve for uncontacted tribes, has been widely condemned, and in March 2013 the UN called for its ‘immediate suspension’. Peru’s Ministry of Culture, charged with protecting indigenous peoples’ rights, issued a report outlining the dangers the project would pose to uncontacted and isolated Indians’ lives in July. But the report disappeared just hours after it was published online, and both the Minister and Vice-minister of Culture have now stepped down.
Brazil notaries must respect indigenous names
The Brazilian Commission on Constitution and Justice of the Senate in June 2013 approved a regulation that requires all notaries to recognise indigenous names. Before the Human Rights Commission agreed the petition. It is about first names, indigeneous parents are giving their children and which they want offically registrated. In the past many notaries refused to recognise these names and they not recorded them in official documents.
in German: www.brasilnews.de
Province of Barcelona and Bremen awarded during EUSEW
This year six winners selected from 224 entries from across Europe were announced at a ceremony in Brussels. Province of Barcelona and the city of Bremen, both Climate Alliance members, have been awarded for their ambitious and innovative examples in the areas of learning and travelling.
Since 2006 the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards recognise and promote outstanding projects in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and clean transport. Launched in 2007, the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award is expressly designed to reward public authorities and energy agencies at the local and regional level.
Less food in fuel
The share of first-generation agro-fuels, produced from food and energy crops, must not exceed 5.5 percent of total energy consumption for transport purposes by 2020. With this decision on 11 July 2013 the EU Environment Committee limited the use of agro-fuels that compete with food production. Also the impacts of indirect land use changes should be considered in the future sustainability criteria for renewable energy directive and from 2020 in the Fuel Quality Directive.
30 km/h – Paris and London are on board
The local authorities of Paris have confirmed their commitment to reduce the role of cars in the French capital. Further restrictive measures were announced including a 30 km/h speed limit in a hundred areas. Just a couple of days later London authorities revealed that the British capital could get a 20mph speed limit introduced on all residential roads and high streets by 2020. Only the main roads in the city were still excluded.
Have you heard about the European Citizens' Initiative "30 km/h - making streets liveable!" Signed?
Passive House Award 2014
Pioneers of energy-efficient buildings from around the world can apply with innovative projects for the "Passive House Award 2014”. The award is open for both individual buildings and entire neighbourhoods or regions. An independent jury will examine the architectural and urban planning quality of the submitted projects. Special attention is set to the concepts of the energy supply. The winners will be awarded on the International Passive House Conference 2014 in Aachen. The submission of abstracts is possible until 30 September 2013.