Sustainable Cities Bulletin 2/2018

Dear UBC colleagues,

In 2017, UBC started a strategic partnership with CDP, the world’s leading organization on voluntary Climate reporting. Currently, over 530 cities, 100 states and regions, and more than 5500 companies use the system to report, share and take action on climate change every year. For UBC this cooperation is fruitful and gives us an additional possibility to support the work we are already doing in our respective cities.
Björn Grönholm
Head of Secretariat
Union of the Baltic Cities – Sustainable Cities Commission


CDP, the global climate change disclosure non-profit organisation, and the leading city network in the Baltic Sea Region, the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC), agreed on a two-year MoU to increase the number of Baltic Sea Region cities using systematic reporting of their climate change related actions. After the first year of cooperation UBC more than doubled the number of member cities using the platform and the goal for 2018 is to get up to 50 UBC cities involved.

On 11 April 2018, UBC Urban Planning webinar was arranged as a possibility for our cities to learn more about what we do as an organization as well as what kind of projects and activities we have to offer to the Baltic Sea Region. The webinar gathered 14-16 attendees from Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Finland, mostly from the urban planning field.

The Skanssi project was started to create a smart and sustainable residential area in Turku, in the South-Western Finland as part of Turku’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2040. The principles that guide the planning and construction of the whole Skanssi area are: smart, sustainable and innovative.

Almost 50 mobility practitioners from 8 countries around the Baltic Sea took part in the SUMPs-Up workshop in Tampere on March 15th, that was organized by UBC Sustainable Cities Commission, together with the City of Tampere and MAL-network.


The IWAMA project aims at improving the wastewater management in the Baltic Sea Region taking into account principles of resource efficiency. In the project framework, the primary focus is given to development of capacity of the wastewater treatment operators and implementation of pilot investments increasing energy efficiency and advancing sludge handling methods.

Baltic Urban Lab project, led by the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission, has published a definition for urban brownfields. There are no commonly agreed European definitions on what a brownfield is. The definition published by the project emphasizes the importance of integrated and partnership based approach for the redevelopment of brownfield areas.

Creating the infrastructure and raising awareness among citizens for choosing sustainable mobility modes – this is the aim for eight cities in the “cities.multimodal” project.

Cities all over the world are facing common challenges of increasing storm water floods, and degradation of natural resources and infrastructure caused by climate change and densified urban areas. iWater project aims to tackle that by introducing and improving integrated storm water management.

Cities of Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Turku have co-organised joint beach cleaning events in their cities for several years in late spring. The events are part of their Baltic Sea Challenge co-operation and the Clean Beach campaign.

The European Commission has opened a call for applications to host the 6th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, to be held in 2019.