News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Environmental campaign “Clean beach” visits the Kotlin Island

06.10.2020 - 13:55
The monitoring of marine litter on the beach using the HELCOM methodology.
Results of the international environmental campaign “Clean beach” on 12 September 2020 on the southern west coast of Kotlin Island (Kronshtadtsky district). Awareness and environmental education is getting a primary role as a measure to mitigate littering of the marine environment as a consequence of coastal tourism and public recreation. It’s been recognized as an appropriate tool to raise public awareness and attract attention to the problem, inspiring new actors, e.g. local authorities, to...

First Mobility Point launched in Riga

06.10.2020 - 13:42
Inauguration of the mobility point in Riga.
The Riga Municipal Agency “Riga Energy Agency” has launched the first mobility point in Riga and Latvia in the VEF district, connecting different sustainable modes of transport and offering convenient access to micro mobility and public transport opportunities. The mobility point will also serve as a pilot area for deployment of innovative, data-based solutions, including both a bicycle and pedestrian counter and a testbed for smart city solutions. The mobility point has been funded by the...

Fossil-free contracts in Linköping municipality

06.10.2020 - 13:20
Car on the fossil-free fuel.
Earlier this year, new guidelines were adopted by the board of urban planning to take an important step in Linköping towards the goal of being carbon neutral. By 2025, all vehicles used for construction and maintainance of infrastructure, maintenance of green areas, snow removal etc will run on fossil-free fuels. The requirements are designed to increase in steps and will be included in all new tender documents and agreements. The requirements have been developed together with the municipally...

Lahti prepares to take the mantle of European Green Capital

06.10.2020 - 13:04
Open-air concert.
Lahti – next year’s European Green Capital – has its sights set on being the first big city in Finland to become carbon-neutral and on achieving this goal by 2025. The southern Finnish city of 120,000 people still has a ways to go, but a lot has been done already: Lahti completed its energy transition last year and now also has a personal carbon trading system for local residents. The city is certainly a worthy winner of the European Green Capital Award, but getting there has taken a lot of...

Kemi: On the buses?

06.10.2020 - 11:40
Developing public transport to serve inhabitants profitably and ecologically is especially challenging in small cities like Kemi. Almost all the households own a car or two and due to dense urban structure cycling and walking are practical ways of moving, as well. Public transport is having a strict competition with other ways of moving. It is a never-ending circle: Insufficient public transport compels people to own a car. Having a car inspires to use it even when there would be proper public...

Turku involves residents in the port area reorganisation

06.10.2020 - 11:28
Turku castle.
Within the HUPMOBILE project, City of Turku is working on a reorganisation of passenger rail transport in the port area. The goal is to develop a concept and a detailed plan for new railway access to the passenger harbour in the Linnanniemi (Castle Town) area. The uniqueness of Linnanniemi is in being a meeting point of the historical and modern city of Turku as well as an area where the river flows into the sea. Nowadays, despite being an important part of historical Turku, the port area,...

Greifswald – the Fairtrade Town nominated for the German Sustainability Award 2021

05.10.2020 - 13:08
Kick-off to Fairtrade Town with various local actors.
The University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald has acquired the official title of the Fairtrade Town as of January 2020... In 2018 the city council of Greifswald decided to join the Fairtrade Town campaign. We achieved this goal in 2020. Several criteria must be fulfilled in order to officially be a Fairtrade Town, and here are the steps taken in Greifswald: The municipality adopted a council resolution to support fair trade. A steering group was set up to coordinate activities on the way to...

The Planner’s Guide to Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

05.10.2020 - 11:44
The Planner's Guide.
Citizen feedback on cycling infrastructure in Karlskrona, Mobility Points in Rostock, Vilnius, Kalmar, Aarhus and Guldborgsund, Living Streets campaigns in Tartu, Gdansk and Aarhus; this and much more can be found in cities.multimodal’s newly finished final publication. We are happy to announce that one of cities.multimodal’s final publications The Planner’s Guide to Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning is now available on the project website. The purpose of the Planner’s Guide is to inspire...

The Baltic Sea Region Mobility Summit 2020 – INTERREG cooperation at its best!

05.10.2020 - 11:36
­The very first Baltic Sea Region Mobility Summit was organised 8-10 September 2020, of course online. The event was the result of a joint effort from the Interreg BSR projects cities.multimodal, SUMBA and BSR electric. As the event was initially supposed to be organised in Riga, the core organisation team was based there, moderating and technically supporting the event from a set-up studio. The event was opened with a keynote speech from Rebecca Karbaumer from the City of Bremen, who...

How Turku is decarbonising mobility

05.10.2020 - 11:23
The bus no.1 on the Market square stop in Turku.
Decarbonizing mobility lies at the heart of efforts to mitigate climate change in urban areas. This looms in the vicinity for the city of Turku in Finland, aiming to become carbon neutral by year 2029. To reach this goal, a broad range of measures to decarbonize transport is naturally needed. Various policies are already at place in the city to promote the fulfillment of the goal, as well as concrete actions and strategies. The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project approached mobility decarbonization from...

Turku carried out an evaluation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through voluntary reporting

05.10.2020 - 11:07
UN SDG logo
Already since the 1990s, Turku has been an active advocate of sustainable development, and acted as a pioneer in carrying out environmental work in cities. In accordance with the current Turku 2029 City Strategy, Turku has committed to act in line with the principles of sustainable development in all its activities. This means that the city aims to reform and grow in ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable ways, thus creating comprehensive and sustainable welfare for its residents...

An overview describing the climate risk drivers, hazards, and consequences in the Baltic Sea Region published in the CASCADE project

01.10.2020 - 13:43
CASCADE 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 climate change related consequences. Nine partners representing seven Baltic Sea Region countries are involved in the project. The materials and results of CASCADE are replicable for all Baltic Sea Region...

UBC TALKS discussed local work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

28.09.2020 - 13:34
The first UBC TALKS after the summer break was organized on 22 September with the topic of "Local work on the Sustainable Development Goals in UBC Cities". 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. UBC TALKS dived into the in-depth discussions on this. The webinar explored how to get started with the...

Stormwater management in urban environment

22.09.2020 - 15:56
Cities in the Baltic Sea Region are facing the common stormwater challenges: increased stormwater floods, degradation of natural resources and infrastructure caused by climate change, and densifying urban areas with the increased amount of impervious surfaces. The need for smart approaches to stormwater management is evident; but how to integrate them sustainably into the municipal practices? The BSR WATER platform (Platform for Integrated Water Cooperation) focuses on a complex array of the...

All BSR countries' EUCF webinars now available in local language

16.09.2020 - 12:10
The information webinars promoting the European City Facility (EUCF) initiative in local languages can now all be find on Youtube. The first call closes 2nd of October, however the second call round will open already in spring 2021! Here is a list with links to EUCF webinar recordings: In Finnish In Swedish In Danish In German In Polish In Lithuanian In Latvian In Estonian Read more about the EUCF and visit the EUCF website