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EUROCITIES Conference 2014

The EUROCITIES 2014 Conference will be taking place from 5th – 8th November in Munich, Germany, under the theme “Energising Cities”. The conference will explore ways to manage the demand for energy in growing cities without compromising economic and social concerns. Citizens will play an important part of this journey, with greater sustainable energy supply, cleaner air, stable energy prices and improved transport promising a better quality of life. EUROCITIES believe that by sharing ideas now on mobility management, local renewable energy production and new technologies, cities can make a crucial contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in future.

EUROCITIES is the network of major cities in Europe and currently gathers the local governments of over 130 of Europe’s largest cities and 40 partner cities from across 35 countries. All of them share knowledge and exchange ideas throughout six forums, including the environment and mobility one; a wide range of working groups, such as ‘greening of the local economy’ or ‘air quality, climate change and energy efficiency; EU-funded projects, in which EUROCITIES acts as either coordinator or partner; events; and the EUROCITIES Awards.

The EUROCITIES Awards this year come under the theme Energising cities – energy intelligent cities of tomorrow. The Awards will showcase best practices in making cities more resilient without compromising economic and social concerns. Entries were sought under three categories: cooperation; innovation; and participation. Ms. Marie-Hélène Vareille from DG Environment and Project Manager of the European Green Capital Award is a member of the 2014 Jury. This is reinforces the exemplary partnership between EUROCITIES and the EGCA.

The EUROCITIES Conference 2014 will host the Award Ceremony on 5th November.

For more information on the agenda of EUROCITIES Conference 2014, please visit the event website.

The work done by EUROCITIES links very well with the European Green Capital Award initiative, which aims to reward local government working towards sustainable living. It is important to reward cities which are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas. Progress is its own reward, but the satisfaction involved in winning a prestigious European award spurs cities to invest in further efforts and boosts awareness within the city as well as in other cities. The EGCA enables cities to inspire each other and share examples of good practices in situ.

For more information on how to apply for European Green Capital Award 2017 visit here.