News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Pathways to remove hazardous substances from wastewater

18.02.2021 - 11:55
PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a man-made pollutants responsible for making products water- or stain-resistant, providing a non-sticking coating or being components of firefighting foams. PFAS substances are hazardous to human health and the environment as many of them are toxic, bio-accumulative and highly persistent in the environment. To address this issue, on 16 February 2021 we organized a workshop "Pathways to targeted PFAS removal – from policy to technology" to discuss the...

Interview with Risto Veivo, the new Climate Director in Turku

11.02.2021 - 09:47
Interview with Mr. Risto Veivo – the newly appointed Climate Director for the city of Turku and Co-chair of the Sustainable Cities Commission The city of Turku is one of the world’s leading climate cities, reaching the CDP Leadership A-list in 2019 and in 2020 and winning the European Covenant of Mayors Award for Best mid-sized Climate City in 2020. The main goal of Turku’s climate policy is a carbon neutral city area by 2029 and climate positive from there onwards and at the same time with...

Valmiera – a new member of Sustainable Cities Commission

10.02.2021 - 16:57
The UBC Sustainable Cities Commission is joined by a new member city from Latvia – Valmiera. Covering the area of 19,35 km2 and with its 24 967 inhabitants Valmiera is the 8th biggest city in Latvia and the administrative, educational, cultural and sports centre of the region. It is located in Northern Latvia, about 100 km from the capital Riga. The origins of the city go back to 1283 when the construction of the St. Simon’s Church began. Valmiera – the evergreen city Valmiera defined its...

Växjö a frontrunner towards climate neutrality

10.02.2021 - 16:55
Växjö is a municipality with almost 100,000 inhabitants located in the central south Sweden. Växjö has a long tradition of environmental excellence, built on a strong political consensus going back to the early 1970’s. At date Växjö has succeeded to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions per capita by almost 60% since 1993, while retaining fast growth in terms of population and economical prosperity. The success rests on numerous measures where the introduction of a bio-based district heating...

cities.multimodal webinars to change your way(s)

10.02.2021 - 15:32
In December 2020, the cities.multimodal project decided to launch a webinar series. The webinar series "CHANGE YOUR WAY(S) - Towards liveable cities in the Baltic Sea Region", has served as a way to reach out and promote the project results on distance. The webinars consist of presentations of partner activities and outcomes, as well as panel discussions on different mobility topics. The webinar series consists of four sessions, each devoted to a specific project theme. The first session...

Multimodal Baltic Sea Region cities – learn a lesson from our 10 partner cities

10.02.2021 - 15:08
Making Baltic Sea Region cities multimodal – that was the overall aim of our project when we started in 2017, together with 10 cities and 6 expert partners, and what a journey it has been! Our last year of implementation was of course overshadowed by the COVID pandemic and forced us to be very flexible and adaptive, but a 6 months prolongation helped us to implement almost everything that was planned initially. Now we are coming to a closure in March - time to reflect on what the project has...

Turku as a pioneer in smart mobility

10.02.2021 - 15:05
Turku is the first CIVITAS city in Finland and it has become an internationally noticed flagship city of sustainable solutions. To reach the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2029, the transition to urban smart sustainable mobility is crucial – mobility in 2029 will consist primarily of walking, cycling, electric public transport and sharing of vehicles and citizens will look at mobility as a service. All these themes were part of the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020...

Kiel is the Winner of the German Sustainability Award 2021

10.02.2021 - 11:57
The year 2021 is all about sustainability for Kiel: the state capital Kiel has won the prize for the most sustainable German major city in 2021. The city of Kiel is committed to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Cities and municipalities play a prominent role in the implementation of the SDGs. Our commitment to sustainability bears the motto: "For Kiel and the world: think globally, start locally". The jury honors the city of Kiel for its outstanding commitment in the...

The climate path leads towards concrete emissions reductions and climate actions in Turku

09.02.2021 - 15:09
City of Turku has an ambitious target to become carbon neutral by 2029. This requires cooperation between different actors in the region. A climate path will be developed for Topinpuisto circular economy hub in Turku with the goal of finding new, lower-emission and carbon-binding solutions together with the area’s companies. The goal of the ‘6Aika: ILPO – Climate Positive Business Parks and Value Chains’ project is to help companies find new, lower-emission and carbon-binding solutions and co-...

The City of Kemi plans an age-friendly neighbourhood

09.02.2021 - 14:32
The City of Kemi is planning an age and memory friendly neighbourhood. Among the goals of this process are supporting the well-being, activity and safety of the neighbourhood residents. We aim to capitalize on the features found in the residential environment as a promoter of well-being, while also providing social and health services in an innovative way. This will be done in accordance to the principles of sustainable development. The development of the neighbourhood complies with the...

Rostock Webinars: Sustainable and Green Cities

09.02.2021 - 14:02
The City of Rostock is pursuing the development of Rostock as a sustainable and green city. In order to achieve this goal, many mobility projects need to be implemented which include many stakeholders such as urban planners, environmentalists, tourism experts and others. We believe that only with the exchange of best practices with other European cities can we contribute to the achievements of sustainable goals. The pandemic situation, however, allows us only to meet online. This is why we...

Circular Economy in Gdansk: latest services and implemented projects

09.02.2021 - 10:52
Red bins for collecting hazardous waste
Previous year was very hard for each of us. The most important goal for municipalities became to ensure the safety of all inhabitants, and that change has influenced the Circular Economy plans. Despite this situation, Gdansk continued its projects and we would like to present them to You. In 2020 we started with opening a hermetic composting plant, which is ready to process 40 000 tons of biowaste per year. This modern instalation (co-financed by EU) is permanently ventilated, and because of...

UBC cities are ramping up their efforts on the way towards climate neutrality

05.02.2021 - 15:12
Cover of 2020 UBC-CDP report
The year 2020 was marked by the fourth year of the fruitful cooperation with CDP. The disclosure campaign was in many ways unusual and exceptional, ranging from completely online events to the extension of the disclosure term until the end of August. This year an extensive promotional campaign was organized to draw attention to climate action. We would like to thank everyone who supported us during this campaign. In the meantime, despite the uncertainty brought by COVID-19, we cannot say enough...

CASCADE project presents a tool to understand and identify local obstacles in climate adaptation

05.02.2021 - 13:08
The CASCADE project addresses the challenges related to climate change risks, with better cooperation between national and local levels and different sectors. Close collaboration between specialists in climate change adaption and well-prepared civil security and protection experts is CASCADE’s answer to improve the capacity to understand, assess, and treat current and future climate change related risks on the local level. In the Baltic Sea region, local and regional climate adaptation strategy...

Sustainability trends and good practices: UBC TALKS webinar series

02.02.2021 - 13:01
Working together to foster smart, safe and sustainable development in the cities is the core principle of the Union of the Baltic Cities. And, while the joint work can happen in different formats, most of them involve online and offline meetings for discussing current challenges and city trends. In 2020, the webinar series UBC TALKS joined the discussions offering a platform for cities for exchanging experiences and good practices in the Baltic Sea Region. The monthly UBC TALKS series was...