News Archive 2013
We showcase some of the highlights to celebrate the end of Nantes year.
The next round of awards for sustainable energy initiatives in Europe is now open.
The Forum was intended to be a milestone in the strategic relations between China and the EU.
The cities of Brighton and Hove, Gijon and Ljubljana have all been announced winners of the EUROCITIES 2013 Awards.
Reward scheme launched for local authorities that have found a bold and creative solution to an urban problem.
The European Capital of Culture 2013 received the award which is bestowed annually by the Academy of Urbanism.
19 emerging destinations receive European Destinations of ExcelleNce (EDEN) Awards.
Free Trade Ireland launch new smartphone app.
European Biking Cities campaign holds its first conference, gathering representatives from six cities including European Green Capital 2012 Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Israeli company TaKaDu wins prestigious award for developing software that reduces water distribution losses.
Swiss awareness campaign promoting the use of low-noise tyres is the winner.
URBACTs Markets project publishes three thematic guidelines developed by project partners Barcelona, London and Torino.
New members of UNESCOs Creative Cities Network announced.
Report published showcasing good practice projects on territorial cooperation in the field of sustainable energy.
Many air pollution indicators remain at unacceptable levels in Europe.
Botanical Gardens hosts exhibition of childens book author and illustrator Claude Ponti.
New brochure gives insights on how to build a national Covenant of Mayors Club in your country in order to facilitate best practice exchange.
European Capitals of Culture 2014 Riga (Latvia) and Umeå (Sweden) have released their programme of activities for the year.
World Bank Group aims to reach 300 of the world’s largest developing countries cities with planning and financial support over the next four years.
Event aimed at raising participants’ awareness of food waste.
European Green Capital 2014 Copenhagen hosted event highlighting how cities can tackle CO2 emissions, reduce pollution and improve air quality.
The EU representative of European Green Capital Award Ms. Marie-Hélène Vareille was recently invited as one of the keynote speakers to the Green Cities Summit in Ankara, Turkey.
Trends indicate ever-increasing consumption patterns.
Street furniture transformed into speaking objects awoken using participants’ text messages.
European network of nature areas to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity launches online communication platform.
European Commissioner for Environment Janez Potočnik has received the United Nations’ 2013 Champions of the Earth award
Award recognises Europe’s outstanding leaders positive impact on setting the stage for a sustainable Green Economy for the 21st century.
MOTIT users can reserve an electric bike via web or smartphone and pick it up and return it anywhere in the city.
This year the theme was Water Cooperation — Building Partnerships.
Flying Greenhouse travelled from Nantes to different cities including Brussels (Belgium), Hamburg (Germany) and Turin (Italy) over the last number of months.
Event provided advice on how to successfully complete the Application Form for the 2016 Competition Cycle.
The Hanseatic city boasts many high energy efficient buildings and carbon neutral residential quarters.
Deadline for applications for the European Green Capital Award 2016 extended until 31st October 2013
Deadline extended by two weeks to 13.00 CET 31st October 2013.
Gateway for information on European sustainability initiatives, the structure of regional organizations, EU law and funding opportunities.
2012 European Green Capital promotes recycling through several initiatives.
The European Green Capital 2015 has begun operating UK’s first hydrogen-powered ferry.
B-Track-B project operates a lottery system which rewards cyclists who track their journey using new technology.
Urban planning tool aims to boost accessible to all, efficient, safe, secure and sustainable transport systems across Europe.
Slovenian City of Ljubljana City Wardens introduce fleet of 30 bikes for their work.
Low Emission Zones limit vehicle access according to their emissions.
Cypriot City’s new Town Hall sets good practices in energy saving measures.
European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) launch website to monitor progress.
Last year the European Green Capital 2014 reduced its CO2 emissions by 24%.
Fleet of 12 environmentally friendly electric buses introduced in autumn 2012.
Urban Environment Good Practice & Benchmarking Report published.
European Commission announces18 initiatives supporting sustainable urban mobility awarded in the Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) campaign.
ESPON publishes ESPON Atlas, which presents the current territorial dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy
Zagreb awarded with the 2012 European Mobility Award.
Brussels adopts its Fourth Regional Plan for Waste Prevention and Management, setting an excellent example of good practices in terms of prevention, collection and treatment.
Seattle residents now have the opportunity to harvest fresh vegetables and fruit for free in the Beacon Food Forest – conveniently located right in the middle of the city.
Tokyo, Japan has introduced Eco-Cycle, Anti-Seismic Mechanical Underground Parking, an efficient and safe mechanism that transports bikes underground in order to store them, providing a safe and effective parking solution.
Initiative run by Artists Project Earth (APE) has so far supported economically over 300 organisations aiming to tackle climate change mitigation, adaptation and raising awareness of their projects across the world.
Sustainia has recently launched its annual guide comprising 100 innovative and sustainable projects, initiatives and technologies coming from several corners of the globe.
Bristol has been crowned European Green Capital 2015 at the Award Ceremony in Nantes.
The European Commission has launched the search for the European Green Capital 2016.
Bristol has been crowned European Green Capital 2015, as announced at an Award Ceremony hosted by the current European Green Capital, Nantes, last Friday evening, 14th June 2013.
As Europe is currently facing urban growth and climate change, it is vital to have a coherent and long-term vision for resources management at a local level.
Dublin introduces an innovative new way to meet the food demand in its city centre – the rooftop farm.
The European Commission recently adopted a new strategy for encouraging the use of green infrastructure.
Technical support initiative assists actors from the public sector working on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Website launched to get citizens involved in planning what their future low carbon city looks like.
Italian project involves covering the facades of two residential towers with forestry.
Cyclist-literature association, Dyna-Mots travel 850 km over 16 days.
Awards given to five new and five refurbished buildings from six European countries.
15th May 2013 The European eco-innovation landscape is changing quickly. The bedrock is shifting, the terrain is morphing and new features are emerging. To keep up with all of the recent developments, including policies, initiatives and projects, the EU Eco-Innovation secretariat has launched a revamped website with a new look and design. The website seeks […]
15th May 2013 They finally crossed the finish line in Nantes, the current European Green Capital. Not only was it necessary to cycle 799.5 km from Brussels, but they also had to cope with sore muscles and ridiculous sunburn throughout the six days of the challenge. A great amount of enthusiasm and participation was also […]
8th May 2013 This month will see initiatives supporting sustainable urban mobility gearing up to join in the European Comission’s Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) campaign. The campaign focuses on highlighting sustainable urban mobility activities across Europe and helps to raise awareness of ways to promote a more sustainable transport practice. The promotional actions, which can […]
8th May 2013 “The adverse impacts of the changing climate are increasingly evident today in Europe. Adapting to these changes is one of the most fundamental challenges for territorial development in Europe,” highlighted Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action. As a response to the current and projected impact of climate change in the EU, […]
1st May 2013 Walk and Fork is the mobile app winner of the MyEnvironment app competition, launched by the UK’s government advisor Environment Agency, Natural England. The app makes it possible for users to locate and read about over 5,000 environmental areas across the UK, including Special Sites of Scientific Interest, National Parks and Nature […]
The European Green Capital Secretariat attend the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Geneva
1st May, 2013 The European Green Capital Award team attended the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns in Geneva last month. The conference was run by ICLEI Europe and the ESCT Preparatory Committee and focussed on governance and finance for sustainable development and exploring sustainability in all areas of public administration. During the […]
Hannover hosted ICLEs Global Town Hall in April 2013.
Slovenian city runs its traditional spring cleaning campaign.
Facebook and Twitter used to spread news and information.
Competition to find winning city launches on 17/06/2013.
European Green Capital selected to represent France at the International Garden Exhibition Suncheon Bay Korea 2013
Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) toolkit now available to all European cities
Toolkit gives all European cities a network to share information and practical support.
UITP conference hosted by Nantes, the 2013 European Green Capital.
Stockholm has set an ambitious target of becoming wholly independent of fossil fuels by 2050.
Cities across the world have potential to lead measures towards greater resource efficiency.
Four finalists chosen to proceed to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2015 Award organised by the European Commission.
Celebrations for World Water Day are expected all over the world on the theme of water cooperation.
European Commission (EC) declares 2013 as the Year of Air.
2011 European Green Capital release its Final Report.
Applications are now being accepted for persons wishing to become a member of the European Green Capital Expert Panel.
The capital of Croatia, has won the 2012 European Mobility Award.
Eight-day event showed over 140 films and web documentaries from more than 34 countries.
Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) launched by four UN agencies in response to the Rio+20 Call for Action.
Social Media is fast becoming the social network tool of choice for European Green Capitals.
Dublin City Council publish Sustainability Report
Marseille-Provence, France has been selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2013.
European Thesis Prize on Biodiversity in Urban Spaces is launched by the 2013 European Green Capital, Nantes
Prize rewards the best doctoral research on issues relating to biodiversity in urban spaces.
The 6th issue of CUGEs award-winning publication CITYGREEN is now available.
Vitoria-Gasteiz, the 2012 European Green Capital, is a finalist for the European Mobility Week Award
Ten Cities are finalists.
Tallinn, Estonia is the first European capital to offer free public transport to its citizens.
Marie-Hélène Vareille gives keynote speech on the European Green Capital at the 2012 International Conference on Waterfront Cities
Web based multimedia project revives Ireland’s tradition of storytelling.
Lecture series aims to promote planning as a discipline that contributes to the quality of life, especially within urban structures.
The Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) has been launched!.
Facebook application encourages people to make a new years resolution that will benefit the environment in 2013.
Clean Air Everywhere Conference held in Brussels.
Self-service bike-borrowing system has seen over 40,000 users since the service began in May 2011.
Reusing items by Irish citizens saves millions of euro and minimises waste: the Free Trade Ireland Initiative
€1.7 million has been saved by people in Ireland in 2012 alone.
Ireland, the 2013 host of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Kicks off the year with a bang, beginning the “Year of Citizens”in Europe.
The Year of Citizens in Europe is celebrated in 2013 to recognise the importance of citizens to their city.
Vitoria-Gasteiz celebrated the closing of their year as the 2012 European Green Capital.
2013 marks a new European Green Capital – the City of Nantes.