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By Béatrice Karas on 6 September 2018

September 2018

URBACT City Festival
From 13 to 14 September, Lisbon, Portugal
How can we make our cities more equal? More welcoming to newcomers? How can we increase the attractiveness of our cities and fight unemployment? Make sure that they are prepared for the climate change and resilient? How can we do all that with less? The questions that the European cities are asking themselves seem to be ever multiplying and the urgency to answer them ever growing.
This is the backdrop of the third edition of the URBACT City Festival. It will bring you the work done in the past 3 years by 20 networks and more than 210 European cities. It will showcase the results designed and tested by these networks, acting as testbeds for smart and innovative solutions for the questions above and many more.
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Mix and Move ! European Mobility Week 2018
From 16 to 22 September, Europe
Embracing the concept of multimodality means rethinking the way we move about our cities, and having the willingness to try out new forms of mobility. From a city’s perspective, it requires the political will to support alternative transport methods.
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Covenant of Mayors workshop / Burgemeestersconvenant workshop
Tuesday 18 September 13:00-16:00, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Organised by the Covenant of Mayors Office - Europe
The main aim of the workshop is to discuss synergies between the Covenant of Mayors and existing national initiatives in the Netherlands. The workshop will also be the opportunity to discuss any needs Dutch signatories have with regards to the Covenant of Mayors initiative.
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CIVITAS Annual Conference
From 19 to 21 September, Umeå, Sweden
The 16th edition of Europe’s premier sustainable mobility event will bring together the CIVITAS community from across the continent and beyond.
Over three days, hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners will gather to debate pressing topics surrounding sustainable urban mobility and witness the pioneering solutions bringing cleaner, better transport to Europe.
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10th Citizens’ Energy Forum
From 20 to 21 September, Dublin, Ireland
Event organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU), Ireland’s independent energy and water regulator.
The 2018 meeting will focus on the role of consumers on the energy market in the context of the measures proposed by the Clean Energy for all Europeans package and the recently adopted New Deal for Consumers package. It will also focus on presenting innovative solutions in the retail energy market in terms of consumer engagement and business models.
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Webinar : Planning a sustainable city through Carbon Budgets
Tuesday 25 September 16:00-17:00
Organized by the Covenant of Mayors office with the participation of the cities of Oslo (Norway), Greater London (United-Kingdom) and Eugene (Oregon, USA)
Oslo was the first city to introduce a “Climate budget” in 2016 for the year 2017, with the goal to halve their emissions as soon as possible after 2022. Eugene is Oregon is also working on carbon budgeting, and other cities such as London are considering this option as well. This webinar will give an insight of the possibilities open by carbon budgeting to plan a sustainable city.
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Global District Energy Days - ‘Unite | Innovate | Experience‘
From 25 to 27 September, Helsinki, Finland
Euroheat & Power and Finnish Energy have teamed up for the 2018 Global District Energy Days. During this two and half days event you will get the opportunity to discuss major issues of importance for European and Global District Energy sectors across a range of technical and commercial issues ; from resource assessment and innovative technological design, to market and policy developments.
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PUBLENEF workshop : Multi-level support for local authorities to improve energy efficiency
Wednesday 26 September 9:30-14:00, Budapest, Hungary
Local authorities, as local consumers and producers (‘prosumers’) of energy, as local policy makers and being closest to their citizens are (should be) in the position to lead the local sustainable energy transition. Energy efficiency (EE) is a cornerstone of sustainable energy policies as the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and relevant national regulation on nZEB (nearly zero energy buildings) requirements demonstrate.
This PUBLENEF workshop, organised by Energy Cities and Energiaklub, will aim at mapping of local authorities’ possibilities to deal with EE ; means and needs of local authorities in energy efficiency, with special regard to nZEB buildings and renovation policies. Placed in a CEE regional context, this workshop seeks to share important supporting possibilities for public nZEB refurbishments.
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Le Havre Forum - The International Meeting of positive cities & territories
From 28 to 29 September, Le Havre, France
The ambition of the forum is to highlight experiences in cities around the world and bring together all actors committed to a positive and sustainable transition of these territories. For 3 days, Le Havre will become an incredible laboratory of the territorial positive economy. There will be in attendance mayors and representatives of agglomerations, departments and regions around the world, business leaders, political leaders, leaders of NGOs and associations, entrepreneurs, artists, economists, scientists but also the youth and the general public!
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October 2018

Connecting Cities ‒ Local Solutions for Global Challenges
From 1 to 3 October, Barcelona, Spain
Climate Alliance’s anuual conference
Connecting Cities strengthens network-based approaches to global challenges by connecting local and regional authorities from across Europe. Join Climate Alliance from 1 to 3 October in Barcelona’s historic Hospital de Sant Pau to explore solutions for a sustainable future via interactive circles on resiliency and resource use as well as site visits and local climate action talks.
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European Week of Regions and Cities
From 8 to 11 October, Brussels, Belgium
In 2018, Cohesion Policy will reach its 30th anniversary, and the European Week of Regions and Cities will be anchored to the key moments of the policy cycle:
- The proposal for the next Multiannual financial framework.
- Its underlying legislative instruments.
- The European Parliament elections.
Moreover, the #EURegionsWeek should also witness the adoption of the European Committee of the Regions’ (CoR) opinion on the Future of Europe and the CoR President’s address on the State of the Union.
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PUBLENEF - Final Conference "Supporting Public Authorities Towards Energy Efficiency - Where we are and where we want to be"
Wednesday 10 September, Brussels, Belgium
The PUBLENEF EU Horizon 2020 project has been focusing on mobilising public authorities at local, regional and national level and connecting them. Based on needs assessments and good practices analysis, the partners developed policy roadmaps in 12 cities and regions across Europe to implement energy efficiency pathways towards sustainability.
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European Local Democracy Week (ELDW)
From 15 to 21 October
Local and regional authorities and their associations across Europe and beyond are invited to celebrate the 11th editon the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), under the same theme “Citizen participation, consultation and commitment: for a thriving local democracy”, with a special focus this year on children and youth participation.
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Efficient Buildings & Renewable Energy - MED Community Conference
From 18 to 19 octobre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Organized in the framework of the Interreg MED Programme, with the support and in the presence of the EU Director General for Energy
The conference will host the partners of all Interreg MED Modular Projects from the two Thematic Communities : Efficient Buildings Community and Renewable Energy Community. They will present their on-going results to experts and strategic institutions with the objective of exchange opinions about their technical approach and their contribution to regulatory framework.
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November 2018

Renewable Networking Platform workshop
Thursday 15 November 12:30-17:00, Zwolle, the Netherlands
Organised in the framework of Klimaatverbond Nederland conference, this Renewable Networking Platform workshop will look at the spatial and regional consequences of local, sustainably generated energy. What opportunities does it offer for local democracy ? Is wind and solar energy a public issue or is it social property ? What political leadership is needed ? How do neighbouring cities in other countries approach this ? Coopem from Belgium, PlymouthEnergy from England and the European Commission will share their insights and experiences. Together we look for obstacles and opportunities in The Netherlands.
Workshop language : English

18th OIPD Conference - Citizen initiative and direct democracy
Tuesday 27 November, Barcelona Spain
Organised by the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy
The proposed organisation of the 2018 Barcelona IOPD Conference and Assembly is intended to be the result of a process of debate and exchange of ideas and practices, based on the cornerstones of citizen initiatives and direct democracy, as ways of encouraging inclusive participation. This exchange will continue from now until the conference in November 2018.
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December 2018

Rencontres nationales Territoires de l’après-pétrole : L’atout du paysage
From 5 to 6 December, Bassin minier et Musée du Louvre Lens, France
Organisé par le Collectif Paysages de l’après-pétrole et la Mission Bassin Minier
Comment construire les paysages de l’après-pétrole ? Confronter 7 expériences européennes de transition écologique.
Pour économiser les ressources, les territoires en transition utilisent leurs forces vives humaines et naturelles locales. Pour que les nouveaux équipements soient bien acceptés, ils prennent en compte les usages et les représentations des populations. La transformation des territoires par les approches paysagères permet de relever les défis de la transition écologique. Ces approches apportent des solutions d’aménagement adaptées aux enjeux locaux énergétiques et sociaux. Les expériences de sept territoires européens alimenteront ces Rencontres nationales « paysages de l’après-pétrole » par leur cas concrets et éprouvés.
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Map of members
Sustainable City Network (GR) Greece | CEDEF-Central European Development Forum (RS) Serbia | Albertville France | Union of Communities of Armenia (AM) Armenia | Agencia de Energia & Ambiente da Arrabida - Energy agency Portugal
Events to come
Global District Energy Days - ‘Unite | Innovate | Experience‘
From 25 to 27 September

Webinar - The road to bankability: Attract investors to your urban projects
Tuesday 25 September 11:00-12:30

Covenant of Mayors webinar: Planning a sustainable city through Carbon Budgets
Tuesday 25 September 16:00-17:00

Energie et territoires ruraux : vers des Territoires à Énergie POSitive
From 26 to 28 September

Creating effective collaborative processes in sustainable energy
Wednesday 26 September

PUBLENEF workshop: Multi-level support for local authorities to improve energy efficiency
Wednesday 26 September 09:30-14:00

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