Climate Alliance participates in first EU Dialogue for Climate Action
Climate Alliance President Tine Heyse and Working Group on Financing Chair Ronald van Meygaarden have provided input to the climate process alongside high level representatives of key European and international institutions on 23 April. “We are eager to facilitate the Talanoa Dialogues on the road towards the next Climate Summit in Katowice, pushing for more ambition and underlining the importance of the local level in reaching our climate goals,” affirms Andy Deacon, Climate Alliance Policy Coordinator. The Talanoa Dialogues are the official channel for exchange between so-called non-party stakeholders such as civil society organisations and municipalities, and those that are party to climate negotiations.
Next EU budget must support climate action and sustainable development
A group of 31 civil society organisations, associations and think tanks urged European Commission President Juncker to make the future EU budget compatible with climate and sustainable development goals. “We cannot hope to move forward on climate and sustainability imperatives without a budget that backs such action,” stresses Andy Deacon, Policy Coordinator at Climate Alliance. In an open letter to President Juncker, the group called for a significant increase in the current 20 percent climate action share of the EU budget. The letter further demands that the EU stop funding fossil fuels and instead start focus on funding measures that support EU climate objectives.
Transforming Cities, Enhancing Well-Being
16 - 18 May 2018 in A Coruña, Spain
This event gives insight into solutions based on nature via a combination of inspirational talks, exchanges of experience and activity presentations on the three themes: sustainable urbanisation in cities and restoration of degraded ecosystems, assessment of the impacts of nature-based solutions so as to inform urban policymaking and enhancing innovation potential for nature-based solutions through new governance and funding models.
Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe
24 May 2018 in Brussels
Poverty, accompanied by social division, is a key challenge in our societies. Ever-intensifying consumption habits and expanding economies only exacerbates the situation. This symposium, featuring Climate Alliance Coordinator Andy Deacon as one of several exciting keynote speakers, will review policy actions taken against poverty in the EU. Delegates will have an opportunity to analyse the first developments of the European Pillar of Social Rights and reflect on everyone’s role in contributing to it and other similar initiatives.
Uncontrolled energy costs – Bring them under control
7 June 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany
Does your municipality have automatic consumption data for electricity, gas or water? Then the EDI-Net project could be of interest to you: Innovative tools and the ability to share with other cities can help you reduce your energy and water consumption in public buildings. The training in Nuremberg offers you interesting and innovative contributions from our project partners and pilot cities. Take the opportunity to implement a sustainable energy policy in your city or region.
ZOOM - Kids on the move
Tens of thousands of children have already registered, and many more will follow throughout Europe in the coming months. As part of the Climate Alliance ZOOM - Kids on the Move campaign, children collect green footprints for everyday routes that can be covered on foot, by scooter or bicycle, by bus or train in a climate-friendly manner. This year's launch is taking place at the same time as the interim negotiations on the UN Climate Process in Bonn, during which the rule book on the Paris Climate Agreement will be drawn up. If all goes well, it can be adopted at the next UN Climate Summit in Katowice (Poland) in December.
New study highlights the potential of wastewater as a valuable resource
The results of a recent study on waste water in the Netherlands demonstrate that municipalities can not only reuse wastewater, they can derive energy and raw materials from it. “Water authorities should no longer regard wastewater as merely a waste to be treated and processed,” explains Wolfgang Hofstetter, Project Coordinator for the POWER project at Climate Alliance. The study, conducted within the framework of the POWER project by the KWR Watercycle Research Institute, shows how municipal sewage treatment plants can be transformed into resource factories for phosphate, cellulose, energy and more. This change in perspective may demand significant investments but the potential financial and environmental returns are high.
Climate protection starts in the neighbourhood
Tackling energy poverty, especially in socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods, is an important issue for cities and communities. The EU project CAN - Climate Active Neighbourhoods, led by Climate Alliance, aims to strengthen climate protection at the neighbourhood level. Through CAN, we Climate Alliance is supporting municipalities in taking on new roles, responding to the needs of disadvantaged neighbourhoods and bringing them into harmony with municipal climate protection concepts. As part of the project, innovative approaches for CO2 monitoring at the neighbourhood level are being developed; initial recommendations are due this autumn. If you would like to contribute your experience, we look forward to hearing from you. Read more in the latest CAN newsletter and benefit from recommendations for CO2 monitoring at the neighbourhood level.