News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Ready, set, apply — The third EUCF round is here

12.10.2021 - 09:51
The European City Facility (EUCF) initiative allows cities and municipalities to make use of tailor-made support and access the grant of €60,000 to develop an investment concept - an initial step towards a fully-fledged business and financial plan. The third call for applications will be open from 15 October to 17 December. More detailed information about the EUCF can be found on the initiative’s website. The objective of the EUCF is to build a substantial pipeline of sustainable energy...

Transitions to a circular economy

04.10.2021 - 15:39
The third UBC TALKS webinar of the year 2021 was arranged on 28 September 2021 with the title “Transitions to a circular economy”. The webinar focused on sharing experiences and examples from different UBC Cities and brought examples from Malmö, Lahti, Riga and Turku. The the moderator of the event was Per-Arne Nilsson from the city of Malmö, the co-chair of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission. He introduced the topic of circular economies and explained how the UBC SCC addresses resource...

22 UBC cities continued disclosure to CDP in 2021

29.09.2021 - 11:41
Sun panels
There were 22 UBC cities who disclosed their environmental data via CDP during the disclosure period 6.4. – 29.7.2021. The numbers have stayed stable despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 for the municipalities in the Baltic Sea Region. During the disclosure period, the following cities had disclosed their environmental data and good practices to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System:  Aarhus (Denmark), Tallinn* (Estonia), Espoo (Finland), Turku (Finland), Helsinki (Finland), Porvoo (...

Tallinn is the European Green Capital of 2023!

20.09.2021 - 10:18
Telliskivi creative city in Tallinn
City of Tallinn has been awarded the Green Capital of 2023 award by the European Commission. The jury highlighted City of Tallinn's holistic approach, free public transport, brownfield site conversion and green ambassadorship. One of the recognised initiatives is the new "Pollinator Highway" park which has converted almost 13 kilometers of unused space to urban meadows to encourage butterflies, bumblebees and honeybees and create more green space for residents. The highway runs from the city...

Turku published a model for joint cooperation and development for the port area

23.06.2021 - 10:51
HUPMOBILE model for Turku
Before embarking on developing complex areas in the cityscape, every endeavor needs a plan. Especially, when there is more than one actor involved.  As part of the HUPMOBILE project, City of Turku has prepared and published a Joint Cooperation and Development Model for Turku port area development spanning from 2019 to 2024.  At present, there are many processes and developments in the port area of Turku. The new joint ferry terminal building for shipping companies Viking Line and Tallink Silja...

CDP Response Check applications to be submitted before 25 June!

16.06.2021 - 13:27
CDP is offering the cities an opportunity to check their responses and get feedback before the final submission. In order to get feedback, please contact cities [at] (subject: Response%20Check) () before 25 June 2021. The deadline is in place to ensure CDP has enough time to go through your responses and give feedback as well as for you to have enough time to make changes before the deadline of 29th of June.  CDP Q&A Live Session answered some of the key questions our cities have...

BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Örebro

02.06.2021 - 16:31
Örebro is growing with more than a thousand people every year. The forecast says that in 20 years, we will be 50,000 more inhabitants in Örebro municipality. If we continue to travel as we do today, as half of all trips made in Örebro are car journeys, the number of trips by car increases by about 35%. With such an increase, the existing space in our street and traffic system is not enough. We need to stop this development with more vehicles and focus on a efficient solution for how people will...

Good things come to those who wait – multimodal mobility points opened in Vilnius!

01.06.2021 - 15:30
After facing a row of challenges in implementation, not at least through the Covid-19 pandemic, our cities.multimodal project partners, the City of Vilnius and the Vilnius Public Transport Department “Susisiekimo paslaugos” happily announced the opening of two multimodal mobility points! The two pilot mobility points are located in the area of Antakalnis at public transport stops and were taken into use just a few weeks ago. At the multimodal mobility points, citizens can park their (electric)...

Renewal of the UBC Sustainability Action Programme – new ways of cooperation for 2022-2030

01.06.2021 - 14:11
UBC SCC office plans the networking activities
The updating and renewal process for the next UBC Sustainability Action Programme 2022-2030 has moved on and we are currently in the consultation and information phase – meaning to ask and integrate input from our member cities, other commissions as well as some external stakeholders to ensure an inclusive and transparent process to create a strategic document for the whole network. For that purpose, we organized an information & consultation day on 7 May 2021, starting with an online event...

Policy recommendations for implementing the integrated stormwater management

01.06.2021 - 14:02
Increased occurrences of extreme weather events are one of the most popular aspects of the climate change noticed in the Baltic Sea Region. With the flooding threat being imminent and the adaptation measures urgently needed, how to approach this process holistically? We hope that the publication "Regional and national policy recommendations for implementing the integrated stormwater management in the Baltic Sea Region" will aid cities in this process. This publication was developed within the...

Greifswald: a model city for sustainable education and mobility

01.06.2021 - 13:24
signing the target agreement
Signed target agreement – Greifswald aims to be a model city for sustainable education Greifswald has the target to be one of the forerunner cities in Germany for sustainable education. Sustainable development is a declared goal in the university and Hanseatic city of Greifswald. Under Citizen Participation, the city is working on a comprehensive Sustainability strategy. Numerous actors from politics, administration and business and free initiatives are involved in the areas of climate and...

Sustainable and Green Cities: Rostock Webinars

31.05.2021 - 14:10
electric car
Rostock strives to develop green mobility in order to become smart and environmentally friendly. In order to achieve these goals it is necessary to exchange knowledge and experiences with other cities and to cooperate with mobility experts, urban planners, environmentalists, tourism experts, engineers and civil activists. Though visiting model cities would be the best option to learn about successful projects, the pandemic situation has challenged us in many ways when it comes to traveling and...

Kiel on its way to become a Zero.Waste.City

31.05.2021 - 13:47
In September 2018 the Kiel council decided that Kiel shall become a Zero.Waste.City. In order to face the wastage of resources and the increasing resource depletion, Kiel wants to continuously reduce the amount of waste in every sector of the city. With its plan to become a Zero.Waste.City, the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein is intensifying its existing environmental and climate protection activities. The reduction of waste does not only contribute to decreasing CO2-emissions and thus...

Green and sustainable Kemi - now for Companies

31.05.2021 - 13:31
dandelion field
Green and Sustainable Kemi project ended in February, Green and Sustainable Kemi for companies started on March. Perhaps we could have used more imagination in naming the project but on the other hand the name was already properly launched, and this new project is kind of “season 2”. In the previous project the focus was on city organization. All the branches were challenged to act in a more climate friendly way. Sorting and circulating of waste were improved, energy and water consumption was...

Join the Q&A Live to ask about CDP cooperation and disclosure 2021!

31.05.2021 - 12:07
Q&A Live Session promo image with an image of City of Helsinki in the background
The disclosure process for UBC cities for 2021 was kicked off in April and it is ongoing until 29 July 2021. It is aknowledged that our member cities' resources are currently very tight regarding the disclosure activities, yet, we would like to encourage you to still submit the questionnaire responses, even when there has not been significant updates. Your activities will still be included in UBC report that will be prepared in the end of this year. Read more about the disclosure www.ubc-...