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New project CH4LLENGE tackles key challenges of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning!

Published: 19 April 2013
The newest project at UBC EnvCom named CH4LLENGE has been now officially started. The goal of CH4LLENGE (Addressing Key Challenges of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning) is to actively facilitate the take-up of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) in European cities, and to establish a cross- initiative dialogue on overcoming SUMP challenges.

New project at UBC EnvCom: Welcoming CIVITAS-DYN@MO

Published: 18 January 2013
A new project for UBC Commission on Environment has started. The CIVITAS-DYN@MO project will run until 2016 and is part of the CIVITAS initiative, aiming at creating cleaner and better transport in cities.

New report on municipal climate work published

Published: 16 November 2012
Nordic municipalities can have a significant impact on creating a more climate-friendly Nordic region. This study gathers valuable information about climate change management in Nordic municipalities and gives a general view to the local climate work in Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The study aims at recognising the success factors and needs for support in Nordic local climate change work. It is based on a web survey conducted between October 2011 and February 2012.

Join the Europe’s largest urban mobility portal ELTIS!

Published: 15 August 2012
ELTIS is a Europe’s biggest web portal on urban mobility. It offers information and concrete advice on how to develop urban transport systems that use less energy while improving the mobility of freight and passengers and the quality of life of its citizens. ELTIS is aimed at professionals working in the fields of urban transport, environment, energy and health. At the ELTIS portal you can find:

Launch of the Baltic Sea Region Covenant Club at the UBC joint commission seminar in Halmstad

Published: 21 May 2012
9-11 May 2012, more than 65 participants from UBC member cities were gathered to discuss sustainable urban planning and launch a new training and support initiative in Halmstad, Sweden.

The CHAMP project came to an end - read more about the results!

Published: 7 May 2012
The CHAMP project (2009-2012) has now ended and we thank all the pilot cities and project partners that took part in developing new capacities to local climate change response around Europe. All project material will be available in the future through the portal. We invite you to explore

NETworking with the COvenant of Mayors

Published: 7 July 2011
NET-COM –NETworking the Covenant Of Mayors- is a new started project coordinated by Energy Cities and funded in the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. UBC is one of the 12 partners and will play an active role in the project.

500 Good Practices in UBC Wheel

Published: 27 April 2011
The UBC Good Practices Database was launched in March 2009 with 300 good practices from the Baltic Sea Region. We are proud to say that we have reached now 500 Good Practices in English and nearly 400 in Russian. The UBC Good Practice Database was developed to answer to the need of local authorities to find practical examples.

Warming climate makes Baltic Sea more salty

Published: 24 November 2010
A new study by the University of Gothenburg reveals that a warmer climate will increase salinity in the Baltic Sea. Earlier, the science has believed that a warmer climate will increase river runoff to the Baltic Sea, thus making the sea less salty.

The Green Citizens of Europe are living in Umeå

Published: 5 November 2010
The LIFE+ funded project Green citizens of Europe (GREENCIT) started in October 2010 and will run until the end of 2014. The city of Umeå is taking the lead and UBC EnvCom is one of the partners.

UBC supports the Covenant of Mayors – 30 member cities have already joined!

Published: 4 August 2010
With signing the agreement to become a supporting structure, UBC committed itself to encourage and support its member cities to join the Covenant of Mayors and implement Sustainable Energy Action Plans for a more sustainable future.

Umeå wins the Best Environmental Practice in Baltic Cities Award 2009

Published: 25 September 2009
The city of Umeå, Sweden, is the winner of the Best Environmental Practice in Baltic Cities Award 2009. The winner was announced at the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) tenth General Conference in Kristiansand, Norway, on 25th September. As many other cities in Europe, Umeå has problems with air pollution. In fact, Umeå exceeds the limits, and that makes it one of the biggest challenges for the town.