Sustainable Cities Bulletin 2/2019

Welcome Summer!

Summer is arriving and we are looking forward to warm holidays and hopefully a lot of outdoor activities. At the same time we hare concerned about climate change and its consequences, such as storms, flooding and heat waves. Climate change mitigation and adaptation is present at all times, and characterizes the majority of our current activities at the UBC Sustainable Commission. At the moment, we are finalizing a lot of projects and funding periods and are involved in updating strategies and policy documents, e.g. our Baltic Sea Region Macroregional Strategy, the HELCOM Action Plan, and the EU´s upcoming funding programme. In these discussions, consultations and updates, it is highly important that everybody is on board as the results will affect our activities during the next five to six years. The UBC Sustainable Cities Commission would be happy to support you with background information, proposals and information about relevant events to participate in. Don't hesitate to be in touch with us!

We are also happy to announce that one of our previous co-chairs Mr. Mikko Jokinen (co-chair 1993 – 2013) was rewarded with a life-time achievement prize by the Mariehamn based Östersjöfonden (Baltic Sea Foundation). We appreciate the enormous influence on, support to and promotion of the UBC that Mr. Jokinen has given throughout years. Mr. Jokinen has been a great example of international cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. We are happy for the award Mr. Jokinen received and grateful for his strong support to UBC activities and cooperation.

Wish you all a relaxing summer!

Björn Grönholm
Head of Secretariat
Union of the Baltic Cities - Sustainable Cities Commission

New report on UBC cities’ environmental data disclosure to CDP highlights increased interest in resilience and growing ambition in climate mitigation and adaptation among the cities.

Learn how tools and solutions developed in IWAMA project can help WWTPs achieve resource efficiency and realize potential cost savings by reducing energy consumption and improving sludge handling practices.

Cities are the key drivers for a transition to more sustainable and resilient world Baltic Sea Region. Oslo, the Norwegian capital, was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2019 – a recognition of the city’s efforts and achievements in environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Introducing BSR WATER platform – launched to engage the water sector’s professionals into exchanging good practices and influence regional water policies.

Urban Future Global Conference is an event for all the people who aim to make their city more sustainable. This year’s conference attracted 2500 city changers to Oslo to learn more about topics such as car-free city life, cutting carbon emissions and circular economy, among others.

Stand at EUSBSR Annual Forum

The 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was organized in the beautiful Polish Baltic Frederic Chopin Philharmonic in Gdansk, Poland, on June 12th to 13th. The theme of this year’s forum was demographic changes along with the circular and shared economy – the discussions were, in other words, timely and important for the development of the BSR!

SUMPs-Up SLP 3 workshop in Bucharest ( Richard Adams, ICLEI Europe)

In autumn 2017 the first SUMP Learning Programme was launched within the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up programme and since then over 70 cities from all over Europe have learned, exchanged, discussed and cooperated in four learning programmes. The fifth and last SLP has started in May this year.


The cities.multimodal partner and UBC member, Karlskrona municipality, made a big step towards sustainable and renewable energy use in the mobility sector. On April 27th Karlskronas municipal commissioner for planning and environment, Magnus Larsson, revealed the name of the new charging station to the public in the opening ceremony: energiraffen.

More than a thousand cities, towns and regions from all over Europe have developed and adopted Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) in the past years. SUMPs have clearly become a key tool for cities and regions to improve their mobility system.

Image of the general HUPMOBILE roll-up

The HUPMOBILE – Holistic Urban and Peri-Urban Mobility project was kicked off 11-12 June 2019 in Espoo during a two-day meeting in the premises of the lead partner Aalto University.

Mikko Jokinen

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Östersjöfonden (the Baltic Sea Foundation), the delegation of the foundation has decided to award four persons who, through their extensive life work, have engaged in improving the Baltic Sea environment.

Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission has partnered up with the Urban Future Global Conference and was represented at the Green Business Village stand during the latest conference in Oslo, Norway from 22 – 24 May 2019. UBC Sustainable Cities Commission was represented by project coordinator Juha Pulmuranta and project planner Kristiina Paju.

Clean Beach 2019

International environmental campaign "Clean Beach" – engaging cities in environmental cooperation and raising public awareness in environmental issues.