News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

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-...

HUPMOBILE project encourages UBC cities to give feedback!

31.05.2021 - 07:49
HUPMOBILE webinars and Turku port scene
This spring has been busy for the HUPMOBILE project with many new outputs being made available for Baltic Sea Region cities to explore and take into use. Four pilot cities developing the holistic sustainable mobility solutions are active UBC members - Tallinn (Estonia), Turku (Finland), Riga (Latvia) and Hamburg (Germany). Their tested results will be available for fellow port cities in the Region to test and to give constructive feedback on the feasibility and transferability into their local...

Likable solutions for sponge cities

28.05.2021 - 11:28
The UBC TALKS webinar about water as a resource in a climate-resilient city took place on 25 May 2021, bringing into the discussion speakers from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond. How to make your city climate-proof and attractive, how to engage citizens into the process and benefit from it, and where to look for efficient yet applicable solutions and inspiration? Let’s find out the answers! City as a sponge The keynote presentation “Managing water sustainably to strengthen urban resilience”...

Feasibility Study on last mile solutions' - read the latest HUPMOBILE report

24.05.2021 - 10:08
HUPMOBILE Feasibility Report cover image with cargo bikes
The recently published feasibility study “Logistics Hub Altona” summarizes the past and present key knowledge on microhub projects in an evaluative manner and uses their collected expertise in combination with the diverse demands of the City of Hamburg to identify locations suited for microhubs in the district of Altona. As part of the HUPMOBILE-Holistic Urban and Peri-urban Mobility project, the Borough of Altona, representing Hamburg, developed a concept for “last mile” logistics. The term “...

Plastics and the hidden threat to your health

29.04.2021 - 12:26
The NonHazCity Plastic Diet campaign is launched on 3 May to bring attention to the threats of plastic on our health. The project consortium includes many UBC Member Cities from local administrations and key environmental actors: Tallinn, Pärnu, Hamburg, Riga, Kaunas, Turku, St. Petersburg. NonHazCity Plastic Diet – Plastics and the Hidden Threat to your Health Plastics and the additives they contain are everywhere in our daily lives. They are in our homes, our workplaces, our clothes and our...

UBC TALKS discussed the cascading consequences of climate hazards and how to make cities more resilient

01.04.2021 - 14:20
Climate change is already here, and we have no other choice but to start preparing, adapting, and dealing with the consequences. The first UBC TALKS webinar of 2021 discussed climate hazards and how cities in the Baltic Sea Region can build resilience and was co-hosted with the Safe Cities Commission. The invited speakers provided us insights from their experiences from working with the CASCADE project, which aims to increase practical risk management capabilities of local authorities in the...

CDP Spring Webinars kick off in April

29.03.2021 - 09:28
CDP spring webinars will start in april
As the reporting period of 2021 is about to be kicked off soon, CDP has already published their schedule for the spring webinars to guide your city through the reporting process. As there are usually two or three time slots for you to register for, please note the precise date and time for the webinar. The registration links with the date and time can be found in the info box.  Getting started with the CDP and ICLEI Unified Reporting System   New to the CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System? Join...

EUCF’s second call for proposals is announced — get ready to apply!

08.03.2021 - 14:11
In the second EUCF round an even larger number of cities and municipalities will be selected to benefit from 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 call for applications will be open from 29 March to 31 May. More detailed information about the EUCF can be found on the initiative’s website, soon also the revised guidelines and eligibility criteria will be available. The EUCF...

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...