News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

Sustainable Cities Commission Advisory Board members Steffen Nozon and Guntars Ruskuls speaking at the BSR Mobility Summit 2020

02.09.2020 - 14:52
The BSR Mobility Summit is a three-day online joint mobility conference is hosted by the Interreg BSR projects cities.multimodal, BSR electric and SUMBA. SCC Advisory Board member Steffen Nozon who is also representing the City of Rostock as a lead partner in the cities.multimodal project will give a presentation about multimodal mobility and its potential in making cities more sustainable. Guntars Ruskuls from the Riga City Development department and member of the SCC Advisory Board will give...

Save the date! BSR Mobillity Summit 2020

05.08.2020 - 10:30
You are invited to the BSR Mobility event of the year! The Baltic Sea Region Mobility Summit 2020 will take place on September 8–10, 2020. This three-day joint mobility conference which will be held online, is hosted by cities.multimodal and two other Interreg BSR projects, BSR electric and SUMBA. For three days you are invited to take part in engaging discussions and workshops, see and hear exciting presentations and participate in virtual tours. You will learn how these three different...

HUPMOBILE leads discussion on Intelligent Transport Solutions piloting

12.06.2020 - 08:33
Jätkäsaari district.
The latest UBC TALKS webinar “Intelligent transport solutions piloting” was organized on 9 June 2020 together with the HUPMOBILE project. HUPMOBILE is an INTERREG Baltic Sea Region funded project dealing with holistic urban and peri-urban mobility. HUPMOBILE's objective is to provide a coprehensive approach to the planning, implementation, optimisation and management of integrated, sustainable mobility solutions in Baltic Sea port cities. In the webinar Ralf-Martin Soe, ITL Digital Lab Estonia...

The bicycle library broadens bicycle culture in Växjö

18.05.2020 - 11:20
Bicycle in Växjö
Fotbroms: a word synonymous with bicycle culture in Sweden. It means “foot brake” and like strawberries to midsommar, fotbroms is a necessary component of the type of bike most commonly sold in the country: “grandma bike” or “city bike”. While the simplicity of the “grandma bike” is attractive for many, the fact is that this bike can be limited when travel extends beyond shorter distances on flat, nicely paved bicycle paths. Factor in heavy shopping bags, children, gravel roads or a retired...

Rostock starts creating a cycle highway network

15.05.2020 - 12:47
First cycle highway inauguration
The first cycle highway in Rostock has been inaugurated on the 8th of May 2020. The first cycle highway (German: Radschnellweg) was ceremoniously handed over with great media attention. When the weather was fine, the Minister for Energy (federal state Mecklenburg – West Pomerania) Christian Pegel, Rostock’s Mayor Claus Ruhe Madsen, university rector Prof. Wolfgang Schareck and Rostock's Senator for Infrastructure Holger Matthäus inaugurated the one kilometre long section. Rostock steigt auf!...

Rostock goes multimodal

15.05.2020 - 12:41
Mobility point in Rostock
Rostock took a big step towards multimodal mobility. On Monday, 11th May, the City celebrated the opening of the first three mobility points, combining car sharing and cargo bike sharing. After two years of concept development and planning, in May 2020 the City opened the first three mobility points, called “mobilpunkt”. Located in the densely populated city centre, the mobility points provide space for car sharing and the brand new cargo bike sharing system HRO-BIKE that was introduced. An...

Sustainable urban mobility in Klaipėda

15.05.2020 - 10:37
Electric bus Dancer
First electric buses joined the public transport system in Klaipėda. There are now two first “Dancer” buses in use, produced in Klaipėda. Dancer can carry up to 93 passengers, it has 32 seats and a designated place for one handicapped passenger. Its body is made of composite materials that include recycled PET bottles. The electricity for Dancer buses is purchased exclusively from wind farms, according to the company.   The City of Klaipėda is very active in both developing urban mobility and...

Upper secondary school students in Turku challenge everyone to eat the Baltic Sea clean

14.05.2020 - 16:35
Baltic Sea Challenge
Turun suomalainen yhteiskoulu (TSYK) Upper Secondary School challenges schools in particular to eat the Baltic Sea clean on Baltic Sea Day 27 August 2020. The challenge was born out of the desire to work even harder for the wellbeing of the Baltic Sea and the Archipelago Sea. The Let’s eat the Baltic Sea clean! challenge is targeted particularly to schools and upper secondary education institutions. Businesses and communities are also encouraged to take part in the challenge for instance by...

The Linköping Initiative – where businesses and public organizations battle climate change together

14.05.2020 - 16:22
Linköping network to combat climate impact
The business community stands for a great amount of the carbon emissions in the world, but also for many of the solutions. In Sweden’s fifth largest city, Linköping, large businesses and other large organizations have joined forces to combat climate impact. The work aims to achieve the municipality's goal of becoming carbon dioxide neutral as early as 2025, but also to reduce the global climate impact overall. The network started in 2018 and when a new agreement for the next two years was...

How can we eat a park? – Urban farming in Kemi

14.05.2020 - 16:01
Urban farming in Kemi
The City of Kemi develops urban farming through a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund. To answer our question in the heading, we do not know yet, either – but we are planning an edible park in Kemi and we aim to discover the possibilities the edible park could offer our townspeople. Our goal is to initiate communal garden activities in the heart of our city. The idea of an edible park is that we grow plants such as vegetables, herbs, and berries in a setting that is open...

Successful water protection measures of the cities of Helsinki and Turku

14.05.2020 - 15:52
Baltic Sea
The Finnish cities of Helsinki and Turku have had a common water protection plan since 2007 within the Baltic Sea Challenge. The challenge encourages all actors and organizations of the Baltic Sea region to create their own action plans to improve the state of the Baltic Sea. Helsinki and Turku have revised their plan twice after the initiation of the cooperation in 2007. The water protection plan has been divided into five waves of action: Clear coastal waters, which aims at reducing the...

Better control of industrial sewage in the Baltic Sea Region – led by Helsinki

14.05.2020 - 15:40
WWTP Leszno
In summer 2018 the biological nitrogen treatment suddenly failed in a large wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Finland, and for almost two weeks excess amount of nitrogen was released to the Baltic Sea. The reason for the failure was a toxic chemical agent discharged to the sewer from an industrial company. Municipal wastewater treatment plants are primarily designed to treat domestic sewage, and therefore, industrial sewage can cause severe problems at the WWTPs unless properly pretreated by...

Returnable cup deposit system introduced in Greifswald

14.05.2020 - 15:34
Local returnable cups with Greifswald design
Greifswald started a returnable cup deposit system in autumn 2018. Today we can say that the deposit system is established and accepted. 24 000 returnable cups are in circulation in the city Trade is convinced of this system. At the start, 10 000 EUR of public money were taken in hand to support the first traders. 18 dealers were convinced of this approach and took part from the beginning. In September 2019, the municipal marketing company (initiator of the deposit system) received the Landtag...

Greifswald launched the first free cargo bike system

14.05.2020 - 15:16
Photo of the start of the free cargo bike system in front of the city hall
Greifswald is a bicycle city and with a bicycle traffic share of approx. 40% leading in Germany. As a city, we want to promote a sustainable change in mobility, and the environmental association can and must be further strengthened. In September 2019 we were able to start the first free cargo bike system in Greifswald with 3 bikes. The new offer was very well received right from the start, also because the loan process is very easy. Simply book on the website, pick up the bike and drive off....

All SUMPs Up for sustainable mobility in European cities! – Final event of the SUMPs-Up project

14.05.2020 - 15:01
“See this closing event as a launch to take the results further, to meet the challenges of the society” said Herald Ruijters, director of DG MOVE at the final SUMPs-Up event in Brussels on February 19th 2020. Little did we know what kind of challenge for our European societies was just around the corner. Just before Covid-19 forced the cancellation of all events, we concluded almost 4 years of SUMPs-Up project together with representatives from DG MOVE and INEA, but most important with six...