News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

UBC – CDP report 2019 published: UBC cities’ adaptation actions to extreme weather events

29.10.2019 - 13:01
The disclosure period took place from 15 April to 31 July 2019 during which UBC cities were encouraged to submit their city’s climate change-related data as well as examples of actions that are being taken for climate mitigation and adaptation. Altogether 26 UBC cities disclosed to CDP, 25 of them publicly: Estonia: Pärnu, Tartu Finland: Espoo, Helsinki, Kemi, Lahti, Turku Germany: Greifswald, Rostock Latvia: Riga Lithuania: Panevezys, Taurage, Klaipeda, Siauliai (non-publicly) Norway: Arendal...

SUMP guidelines 2nd edition - new era of SUMPs!

14.10.2019 - 15:33
Since the first edition of the SUMP Guidelines was published in late 2013, it was THE main European reference document for urban transport and mobility practitioners involved in the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Many cities in Europe and around the world have developed SUMPs, while numerous European Union-funded projects and programmes have contributed valuable knowledge that helped cities to develop this new generation of mobility plans.In the...

Lahti - the European Green Capital 2021!

24.06.2019 - 09:40
City of Lahti awarded the European Green Capital 2021
Biggest congratulations to Lahti on the behalf of our Commission and the rest of the UBC!  City of Lahti was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2021 by the European Commission on 20 June 2019 in an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Lahti is the first-ever Finnish city to receive the title.  The European Commission sought to recognise a city for its commitment to sustainable urban development, its capacity to act as a role model for other cities and its strategy for communicating and...

International environmental campaign "Clean Beach" in St. Petersburg

19.06.2019 - 11:05
Clean Beach 2019
The international environmental campaign "Clean Beach" is held in the framework of cooperation between the cities of the Baltic Sea Region to develop the environmental cooperation, raise public awareness in environmental issues, and support the environmental volunteer movement. The event gives the participants an opportunity to learn more about the marine litter and contribute to cleaning the coastal area. UBC Member Cities St. Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki and Turku (Finland...

UBC member cities actively learning and exchanging to (further) develop their SUMPs!

19.06.2019 - 10:55
SUMPs-Up SLP 3 workshop in Bucharest ( Richard Adams, ICLEI Europe)
In autumn 2017 the first SUMP Learning Programme was launched within the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up programme and since then over 70 cities from all over Europe have learned, exchanged, discussed and cooperated in four learning programmes. The fifth and last SLP has started in May this year. The learning programmes are 6 months intensive courses including webinars, e-courses and face-to-face workshops, where a small group of cities (max 25) is cooperating. SUMPs-Up brings together cities and...

Karlskrona has an “energ(y)iraffe” – charging e-vehicles with renewable energy

19.06.2019 - 10:49
The cities.multimodal partner and UBC member, Karlskrona municipality, made a big step towards sustainable and renewable energy use in the mobility sector. On April 27th Karlskronas municipal commissioner for planning and environment, Magnus Larsson, revealed the name of the new charging station to the public in the opening ceremony: Energiraffen. The name was chosen by pupils of a local school during an idea competition during spring 2019. “The winning name is a funny and smart name with a...

UBC Sustainable Cities Commission at the 10th EUSBSR Annual Forum

19.06.2019 - 10:26
Stand at EUSBSR Annual Forum
The 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region was organized in the beautiful Polish Baltic Frederic Chopin Philharmonic in Gdansk, Poland, on June 12th to 13th. The theme of this year’s forum was demographic changes along with the circular and shared economy – the discussions were, in other words, timely and important for the development of the BSR! The forum offered several interesting plenary sessions and many parallel seminars to choose from. The topics of demographic...

HUPMOBILE project kicked-off: Baltic Sea port cities start exploring and testing smart urban mobility solutions

17.06.2019 - 11:22
Image of the general HUPMOBILE roll-up
The HUPMOBILE – Holistic Urban and Peri-Urban Mobility project was kicked off 11-12 June 2019 in Espoo during a two-day meeting in the premises of the lead partner Aalto University.  The project aims to provide a holistic approach to the planning, implementation, optimisation and management of integrated and sustainable mobility solutions in Baltic Sea port cities. Mobility in this context includes both people and goods - the greener urban logistics and combinations of goods and passenger...

Draft Revised SUMP Guidelines now available to review!

14.06.2019 - 13:34
More than a thousand cities, towns and regions from all over Europe have developed and adopted Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) in the past years. SUMPs have clearly become a key tool for cities and regions to improve their mobility system. Since the first edition of the SUMP Guidelines was published in late 2013, it has acted as the main European reference document for urban transport and mobility practitioners involved in the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban...

CIVITAS ECCENTRIC get-together at Urban Future Global Conference in Oslo

03.06.2019 - 09:59
Urban Future Global Conference is an event for all the people who aim to make their city more sustainable. This year’s conference attracted 2500 city changers to Oslo to learn more about topics such as car-free city life, cutting carbon emissions and circular economy, among others. For CIVITAS ECCENTRIC the event proved to be an excellent opportunity to share the information on the new mobility solutions piloted in the cities of Turku, Madrid, Stockholm, Munich and Ruse. The conference was also...

The Oslo region’s achievements in sustainable urban development – from climate budgeting to energy positive buildings

31.05.2019 - 15:26
Cities are the key drivers for a transition to more sustainable and resilient world and the Baltic Sea Region. Oslo, the Norwegian capital, was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2019 – a recognition of the city’s efforts and achievements in environmental, social and economic sustainability. The Oslo region itself is one of the largest urban areas in Norway and the population of the region is increasing. The population increase creates pressure to create more workplaces, new housing...

UBC SCC at the Urban Future Global Conference 2019 in Oslo

31.05.2019 - 11:10
Union of the Baltic Cities Sustainable Cities Commission has partnered up with the Urban Future Global Conference and was represented at the Green Business Village stand during the latest conference in Oslo, Norway from 22 – 24 May 2019. UBC Sustainable Cities Commission was represented by project coordinator Juha Pulmuranta and project planner Kristiina Paju. The Urban Future Global Conference is Europe’s largest event for sustainable cities and it is also a place where to meet the most...

IWAMA project results ready to boost efficiency in wastewater treatment plants around the Baltic Sea Region

29.05.2019 - 15:24
The global demand for water and energy in the cities is expanding due to population growth, urbanisation and rising standards of living. In the last century, water use has been increasing at more than twice the rate of the population growth. Thus, the pressure for municipalities to efficiently treat wastewater is greater than ever. For wastewater treatment plants, inability to operate efficiently can be extremely costly. The combination of ineffective process equipment, outdated management...

Smart water community in action

17.05.2019 - 13:41
Cities of the Baltic Sea Region have accumulated lots of knowledge and forerunner’s experience in the water sector, but how to access it? Transnational projects have developed manifold solutions to challenges in water management, but where to find them once these projects are over? HELCOM produces regional recommendations to be followed – but do they take into consideration your local situation? BSR WATER – platform on integrated water cooperation was launched last year to engage the water...

UBC cities continue as climate smart forerunners

03.05.2019 - 09:54
New report on UBC cities’ environmental data disclosure to CDP highlights increased interest in resilience and growing ambition in climate mitigation and adaptation among the cities. The newest report on climate change mitigation and adaptation actions that UBC cities are actively engaging in has been published. The report highlights the continuous climate smart approaches our forerunner cities are actively pursuing and the good practices they are sharing with other cities in the region as well...