News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

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...

Baltic Smart Water Hub: designed for water experts

02.02.2021 - 12:07
paper boat on the sea shore.
Baltic Smart Water Hub is an open portal for sharing good practices, technical solutions, tools, innovation technologies and expertise in the water sector of the region. It was launched by the Union of Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission as an instrument for UBC Member Cities to learn about new solutions, make informed decisions and share own achievements. Today, more than half of the smart examples published on the portal come from UBC cities. Exchange of experience – this request...

Adaptive traffic management pre-feasibility study in Tallinn

01.02.2021 - 12:27
Static traffic management
Searching ways to improve urban mobility with reducing congestion, CO2 emission and the number of accidents is a common challenge to all major cities in Europe. The recent emergence of the concept of 'smart cities' will address these challenges. One of the key areas in the development of Smart Cities is transportation, where cities can implement various systems and services for better mobility for their Citizens. The City of Tallinn has been involved with INTERREG BSR project HUPMOBILE which...

UBC TALKS discussed integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into strategies

03.11.2020 - 14:36
Cities play an important role in the successful implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and cities around the world are joining the global movement of voluntarily reporting on the progress of the SDGs and the UN 2030 Agenda.  In our previous UBC TALKS webinar we explored how to get started with the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) process. This time the topic was to take a look on the different ways our member cities work with this framework locally. Integrating the SDGs into city...

Baltic Sea Day launched by the John Nurminen Foundation

06.10.2020 - 14:54
Mayor of City of Turku
The Baltic Sea Day, launched by the John Nurminen Foundation, celebrated by scores of people all around the Baltic Sea on 27 August. The carnivals organised by the City of Helsinki, the Baltic Sea Challenge, and partners were streamed live on the Helsinki-kanava. Check out the virtual sea exhibitions, quick experiments on the Baltic Sea Challenge, the Satakolkyt project, Tallinn's Baltic Sea Day and expert speeches from the sea on the website. In Turku 12 public events were held during the day...

We are CIVITAS ECCENTRIC – 5 cities on their way to innovative mobility measures in their neighbourhoods

06.10.2020 - 14:27
Hard to believe, but we have to face it – after 4 years of intense work CIVITAS ECCENTRIC is coming to an end. The five European cities Turku (FI), Stockholm (SE), Munich (DE), Madrid (ES) and Ruse (BG), together with a variety of supporting partners, have implemented 51 measures and tested innovative sustainable mobility solutions in the living laboratory areas. During the European Urban Mobility Days, we organised a final session: moderated by our project officer Octavia Stepan (INEA), all...

Urban Mobility Days 2020 – Zero emission mobility for all or How to network in times of a pandemic

06.10.2020 - 14:21
The networking highlights for the European sustainable mobility community, the annual CIVITAS Forum and the SUMP conference have always gathered a great number of participants to exchange, network and create new connections. In 2020 both events were merged for the very first time into the European Urban Mobility Days - and then shifted online due to Covid-19. Is it possible to create an inspiring network event online, without the human interactions? Sharing knowledge and experiences in virtual...