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City twinning – step up for the climate!

City twinning – step up for the climate!

After a long cooperation on cultural and educational issues, it's time to a climate partnership

Arnsberg, a german city, hosted the second meeting in September of the city climate partnership with its twin city Alba Iulia (Romania) in the framework […]

Addressing our inconsistencies in order to meet the challenge

Addressing our inconsistencies in order to meet the challenge

Policy op-ed by Claire Roumet

How do we respond to the emergency, to the need to adjust our path and revisit our goals, without changing a single policy? In some […]

Wanted: Remarkable roadmaps and inspiring innovations for the energy transition

Wanted: Remarkable roadmaps and inspiring innovations for the energy transition

We call on you to share your good practices!

Our project partner DRIFT is looking for remarkable and inspiring roadmaps and examples of innovative practices that walk the talk for carbon reductions. In the TOMORROW project, […]

Seven cities on a Zero Carbon Journey

Seven cities on a Zero Carbon Journey

In line with Paris Agreement and a carbon budgeting approach

Ambitious Manchester In 2019 Manchester decided to become a zero carbon city by 2038. At city level, this means capping total emissions at 15 million […]

What cities need from the next Horizon Europe funding programme

What cities need from the next Horizon Europe funding programme

4 recommendations to activate the next-generation climate governance

When the European Commission published the new mission-oriented approach proposed for the forthcoming Horizon Europe programme in January 2018, we were glad to see such […]

EIB’s proposed divestment from fossil fuels could go up in flames

EIB’s proposed divestment from fossil fuels could go up in flames

Pro-gas forces threaten to derail ambitious proposal from Europe’s public bank

In July 2019, the European Investment Bank (EIB) proposed a bold new energy lending policy which would halt support to all fossil fuel projects by […]

9 country lessons + 10 recommendations = 1 effective National Energy and Climate Plan

9 country lessons + 10 recommendations = 1 effective National Energy and Climate Plan

New LIFE PlanUp report provides guidance on participative governance to national policymakers

With EU Member States set to submit their final national energy and climate plans (NECPs) by the end of the year, they should tap into the potential of their cities and citizens to design and deliver robust, ambitious and mutually beneficial plans.

Culling the Incoming Commissioners

Culling the Incoming Commissioners

European Parliament hearings of Commissioner-designates get underway in Brussels

The European Parliament is questioning the proposed commissioners in Brussels this week. The hearings are essential to inform Parliament’s decision to give its consent to, […]

Germany fails to regain climate leadership

Germany fails to regain climate leadership

Climate package proposed by Government falls short in meeting demand for ambitious action

It has been trumpeted as a “very powerful package” by the German government. The long-awaited draft of Germany’s first climate protection law, unveiled on September 20, is ultimately insufficient to catapult the so-called energy transition pioneer back into climate leadership.

European Week of Regions and Cities 2019

European Week of Regions and Cities 2019

4 events you cannot miss

Since 2003, the European Week of Regions and Cities has been giving cities and regions the opportunity to display their actions, confirming the importance of […]

Global Strike for Climate

Global Strike for Climate

Mayors Representing 8,000 European Cities Call for Climate Proofing of EU and National Budgets

Press release Climate proofing budgets is the best way to ensure that governments do not spend a single euro that could further climate change For […]

The tug of war for Germany’s next climate protection law

The tug of war for Germany’s next climate protection law

Where we stand and what Merkel and her team can learn from others

With a new climate action law, chancellor Angela Merkel can show how serious the so-called energy transition pioneer takes its task.

It is still not too late to act. It will take a far-reaching vision, it will take courage, it will take fierce, fierce determination to act now, to lay the foundations where we may not know all the details about how to shape the ceiling.

Greta Thunberg, Climate activist

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