New Climate Alliance members
We heartily welcome our new Climate Alliance members: in Austria the municipalities of Münster, Schönberg im Stubaital and Tubling; in the Czech Republic the municipality of Postřekov; in Germany the municipalities of Parsberg, Pirna, Sulingen and Isenbüttel; in France the metropole of Brest and in Luxembourg the municipality of Kopstal. Welcome! As of September 2018, Climate Alliance membership includes 1667 cities, towns and districts as well as 63 provinces, NGOs and other organisations from a total of 26 countries.
New COICA General Coordinator enters into strategic talks with Climate Alliance
José Gregorio Mirabal of Venezuela entered into strategic talks with Climate Alliance shortly after his election as General Coordinator of COICA, the umbrella organisation of indigenous organisations in the Amazon Basin. “The relationship Climate Alliance and COICA have enjoyed over the last almost 30 years is unique – a content-based partnership of two organisations on equal footing,” explains Thomas Brose, Climate Alliance Executive Director. Mirabal and his new deputy Tuntiak Katán Jua of Ecuador are now joined by seven further representatives that will serve the organisation through June 2022 in thematic areas such as natural resources, international relations, human rights, education, family and health. Robinson López of Colombia has now replaced Eider José Perafan Ramirez as COICA’s new Coordinator for Climate Change and Biodiversity. Lopez will run for the vice presidency of Climate Alliance at the General Assembly in Barcelona.
Connecting Cities - Climate Alliance International Conference
1 - 3 October 2018 in Barcelona
Our cities and municipalities are already co-creating solutions to challenges such as climate change and the exploitation of natural resources. Every day, local authorities are implementing innovative approaches to governance that facilitate new coalitions and networks for more just, sustainable and resilient societies. Connecting Cities strengthens network-based approaches to global challenges by connecting local and regional authorities from across Europe. Join us as we explore solutions for a sustainable future. Get connected!
International PEACE_Alps conference on pooling climate efforts in municipalities
11 October 2018 in Bolzano, Italy
Supra-regional cooperation, joint solutions and mutual learning are important factors in meeting challenges surrounding energy retrofits as well as questions of energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change. This international conference will focus on the exchange of cooperative approaches, political recommendations and good practice examples from around 250 municipalities in the Alpine region.
Award ceremony Climate Star 2018
18 October 2018 in Castle Grafenegg, Austria
15 municipalities from across Europe will be honoured for their outstanding projects in the fields of energy, mobility, climate justice and adaptation to climate change at the Climate Star gala in Schloss Grafenegg. The government of Lower Austria and Climate Alliance cordially invite all interested parties to this exciting award ceremony.
Unlocking the potential of near-surface geothermal energy in the Alpine Space
7 November 2018 in Lyon
Climate Alliance cordially invites local representatives and renewable energy experts to an event on near-surface geothermal energy in the alpine region. The event will focus on the opportunities and challenges of near-surface geothermal energy, discussed on the basis of best practice examples. This final conference for the GRETA project will also honour the most innovative near-surface geothermal installation in the Alpine Space.
Application period for the Covenant of Mayors twinning programme extended
The Covenant of Mayors twinning programme offers cities, regions and provinces across Europe the opportunity to take part in twinning exchanges to build local authorities’ capacity on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The twinning programme is open to all Covenant of Mayors signatories and coordinators in Europe. Applicants, regardless of size, can choose to participate in mentoring and peer-to-peer exchanges. The application period now closes on 28 September.
Launch of the A Good Life is Simple campaign in Italy
The international overdeveloped.eu campaign was launched in Italy at Città di Castello’s Fair of Practical Utopias of. The campaign is being carried out within the EU project known as Change the Power - Power to Change. The project encourages people to join the dialogue, get involved and reflect on global sustainability objectives. A Good Life is Simple offers many original suggestions to live better (together) without constant consumption.
EDI-Net: Municipalities save water and money
Energy manager Alexander Nordhus of the city of Nuremberg experienced how helpful an analysis of metered energy and water data can be: The analysis tool of the EDI-Net software showed red smileys for excessive water consumption for two meters. Within a short period of time, a garden hose that had not been turned off in a dormitory and a continuous flush of the toilets in a school could be detected and turned off. Without the EDI-Net software, the errors would probably have been discovered only by chance and after a much longer period of time. Nuremberg is convinced by the analysis software of the EU project EDI-Net. Your city can also use the EDI-Net software!
“Declaration of Macapá” on indigenous rights for rainforest protection
There is a direct link between the granting of indigenous rights and solving the climate crisis. This is the message of indigenous representatives in the Declaration of Macapá, which represents all nine indigenous national organisations of the Amazon Basin. The declaration was the final output of the COICA conference, which took place in Brazil from 20 to 22 June 2018. There a newly elected COICA board, with José Gregorio Mirabal from Venezuela at its head, pledge to place a stronger focus on renewable energies as a strategy to fight climate change and protect living space. Indigenous territories show over 80 percent less destruction than other areas, and as such protect biodiversity, forests and the climate. These territories are, however, threatened by major infrastructure projects such as hydroelectric power stations and roads as well as by large-scale agriculture, mining and oil production.
European Parliament calls for protection of indigenous peoples' rights
On 3 July, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the full recognition and protection of the rights of some 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide. The resolution calls on the EU to respect the rights of indigenous peoples in all development, investment and trade strategies. It also calls on all EU countries to ratify ILO Convention No. 169.
Climate Alliance has been calling for the recognition of indigenous rights since it was founded over 28 years ago. In February, efforts in Luxembourg proved successful as the country ratified ILO 169. To date, only Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Luxembourg have ratified ILO Convention No. 169 on Indigenous Rights in Europe.
Awards for local authorities
First call for applications “Covenant Cities in the Spotlight”
Ten years after its launch, the Covenant of Mayors initiative is organising an award for signatories that have achieved their climate and energy goals in a structured and coherent way. The Covenant Cities in the Spotlight award is a great opportunity to showcase the progress your municipality has made and stand as an example for the whole Covenant Community and beyond. In 2018, three signatories in different size categories will be honoured.
European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Award
The European Green Capital Award recognises the environmental achievements of European cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, aiming to inspire others to take positive action in making their cities fit for life. The EU bestows its sister award, The European Green Leaf, upon towns and cities with populations between 20,000 to 100,000 in recognition of their environmental achievements and potential to act as 'green ambassadors' for smaller cities. Applying for the Green Capital or the Green Leaf Award comes with the opportunity to receive expert feedback and guidance on your city's approach to an array of topics such as climate change and energy performance; sustainable urban mobility; biodiversity and sustainable land use; air quality and noise; waste and circular economy; and water. The closing date for applications for both competitions is 18 October 2018.
European Green Capital Award
European Green Leaf Award
Energy Poverty in Europe
At the Energy Poverty in Europe conference in the French city of Brest, regional and European stakeholders took on the question of how to tackle energy poverty on the local level. The close link between energy poverty and health, both physical and mental, was a hot topic during the event, which took place in the framework of the Climate Alliance led and Interreg North-West Europe funded Climate Active Neighbourhoods project. Read about the results of the conference in the new Special Edition CAN-Newsletter.
ChangeNOW International Summit for Change
28 - 29 September 2018 in Paris
The ChangeNOW Summit is the international rendezvous for positive impact, bringing together hundreds of innovators, investors, media, businesses and mission-driven participants to help scale solutions that can change the world. A call is now open to all local politicians of the European Covenant of Mayors community to participate in a Mayors’ delegation for the ChangeNOW Summit in Paris on 28 September. Be part of the European Covenant of Mayors Delegation!
International Passive House Days
9 - 11 November 2018, Worldwide
Passive House buildings worldwide will be open for public viewing. Passive House buildings are not only energy efficient. They are also comfortable, healthy and cost-effective - and therefore a wise investment for municipalities. Municipalities who have public buildings which meet the Passive House Standard have the opportunity to open their doors for the open day visits and show citizens and other local authorities alike how Passive House buildings offer an affordable and sustainable alternative to help achieve ambitious climate protection targets. Climate Alliance is a partner!