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Agnieszka Ilola – new Acting Head of UBC SCC Secretariat

Published: 3 December 2021
Agnieszka Ilola has been nominated the new Acting Head of the UBC SCC Secretariat from 19 October 2021. She has been working at the Commission as a project coordinator for over 15 years and involved in development and coordination of international projects.

Invitation to join Green City Accord initiative

Published: 3 December 2021
While the EU’s policies over the years have led to significant progress in improving the environment, and in raising standards across the EU Member States, many environmental challenges still prevail. With more than 70% of the EU’s population currently living in urban areas, cities are critical to meeting the EU's environmental objectives and in helping the EU to become a more sustainable region.

7 UBC Member cities among 95 climate leaders on CDP 2021 A List

Published: 3 December 2021
CDP’s A List cities in 2021 take bold leadership on environmental action and transparency, despite the continued pressures of tackling the coronavirus pandemic on local and national economies and societies.

Future trends in sustainable energy production

Published: 3 December 2021
First, Erik Tellgren, vice president of Växjö Energi AB, shared Växjö’s ambitious efforts to reach climate neutrality by 2030 and eventually, climate positivity. Located in the middle of Southern Sweden, Växjö is known for its wooden buildings as the city is surrounded by forest. Because of this, bioenergy makes up a large part of the city’s energy production and the company Växjö Energi itself is already completely fossil free.

Minipilots - the enablers of experimental policy-making

Published: 2 December 2021
The HUPMOBILE Minipilots Framework allows quick piloting of novel solutions in the urban space and acts as the enabler of experimental policy-making.

Strategic regional influence and tools for practitioners: BSR WATER results

Published: 3 November 2021
Over 3 years of implementation, BSR WATER platform provided significant input into the regional policies. The variety of produced results can also be used by different regional stakeholders, including practitioners in the water sector.

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

Published: 12 October 2021
The European City Facility initiative allows cities to 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 until 17 December 2021!

Transitions to a circular economy

Published: 4 October 2021
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 efficiency in its activities. The introduction was followed by presentations from 3 cities.

22 UBC cities continued disclosure to CDP in 2021

Published: 29 September 2021
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 (Finland), Kemi (Finland), Lahti (Finland), Rostock (Germany), Riga (Latvia)