News archive of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission

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...

Mikko Jokinen awarded for his life-long work for a cleaner sea

04.04.2019 - 14:55
Mikko Jokinen
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Östersjöfonden (the Baltic Sea Foundation), the delegation of the foundation has decided to award four persons who, through their extensive life work, have engaged in improving the Baltic Sea environment. Two of the awards came to Turku, as the former UBC board member, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission Chair and Environmental Manager of the City of Turku Mikko Jokinen and Professor of Marine Biology at the Åbo Akademi University Erik Bonsdorff got the award...

Sustainable development and international cooperation in St. Petersburg

27.03.2019 - 15:14
Last week, UBC Sustainable Cities Commission attended the XX anniversary of the annual international environmental forum “Baltic Sea Day” that was organized in St. Petersburg on 21–22 March 2019. More than 700 participants attended the forum from the countries of the Baltic Sea Region to exchange experiences and practices, propose solutions and discuss current and future cooperation. The Baltic Sea Day 2019 addressed sustainable development of the Baltic Sea emphasizing the importance of...

Cooperation with CDP reaches its third year!

27.03.2019 - 14:23
We are delighted to announce that our collaboration with CDP has reached its third year! Last year, we increased the number of UBC cities reporting to CDP from 20 to 28 - this year, we hope to raise that number even more and to help cities to answer the questionnaire with more detail to help our member cities receive maximum benefits from the benchmarking and scoring systems of CDP.  Save the dates - Timeline for 2019 disclosure: The CDP online reporting platform will launch for the 2019 cycle...

Tartu and Turku as city case examples in upcoming UBC webinar

21.03.2019 - 10:53
Climate change impacts cities everywhere. The blazing wildfires, heavy rains that cause large-scale flooding and fluctuating temperatures are some examples of the climate-related risks that need to be anticipated and prepared for in order to reduce their impact on our cities.  As most of the cities of UBC are located in the somewhat close vicinity of the Baltic Sea or a lake/river, the issues regarding sea level rise and flooding are of uttermost importance. Our cities need to become more...