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TAP the potential of local and regional climate action! – Launch of the Transformative Actions Program (TAP) application process

A critical obstacle to the realization of much-needed local and subnational actions across the globe is the range of difficulties in accessing funding, as well as the lack of bankable projects. To address these issues, the...[more]


City partnerships in focus during Sustainable Urban China conference

ICLEI was delighted to welcome leading figures from Chinese cities, institutions and governments to Berlin for the Sustainable Urban China conference, which took place on the opening day of Metropolitan Solutions 2015.[more]


Urban-LEDS cities’ projects profiled to potential funders

Nine projects, promoted by 6 Urban-LEDS cities, were chosen to be presented to potential funders at the Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Summit 2015, in Basel, 27-28 May. These projects were selected from a group of 150 project...[more]


Submissions invited for Green Cooling Ideas Competition

The refrigeration and air-conditioning sector is currently responsible for about 10-15% of the global greenhouse gases emissions. With the ever-growing demand for cooling, only green cooling technologies – or technologies with...[more]


Highlights of the Urban Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) 2nd International Networking Seminar

From 05- 07 May 2015, Urban-LEDS project cities from Indonesia, Brazil, India, South Africa and Europe, gathered in host Bogor City, Indonesia for the 2nd Urban-LEDS International Networking Seminar (INS). High-ranking national...[more]


Ahead of Paris Climate Talks, European Cities Embrace UNEP’s District Energy Initiative

Another Important Step towards the Modernization of District Energy Systems in Europe and Central Asia: Urban-LEDS city Warsaw joins Rajkot in Initiative.[more]


The Role of Local Governments in Low Emission Development and how to get there

Find out what support ICLEI's carbonn Center can offer Local Governments interested in Low Emission Development: Platforms, Guidance, Tools and Advocacy:[more]


Solutions Gateway now open to all cities!

The Solutions Gateway, an online platform on Low Carbon Solutions for Urban Development created for cities and towns, was launched at the ICLEI World Congress 2015 in April 2015. It is now available to all local governments, free...[more]


Doornkop Renewable Energy Expo a huge success due to support by Urban-LEDS city Steve Tshwete

In a pioneering effort the small urban settlement of Doornkop, just north of Middelburg in South Africa, hosted the first Doornkop Renewable Energy Rural Expo. This event was organised by the local community, with support from...[more]


Local Government Voices at Regional and International Climate Forum in Africa

Two back-to-back events, hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco, were held from the 11-15 of April 2015. The Africa Regional Workshop on Carbon Finance invited ICLEI to present on actions to unlock mitigation opportunities in relation...[more]


Low Emission Development on the forefront of biggest ICLEI World Congress

Cities and towns from around the globe gathered in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 8-12 April 2015, attended workshops, trainings and presentations on the Solutions Gateway, the global District Energy in Cities Initiative, the...[more]


Global District Energy in Cities Initiative: Asia-Pacific Regional Launch

Rajkot, a model Urban-LEDS city in India, committed to become the first pilot city of the Global District Energy in Cities Initiative. The signing ceremony took place on April 8, during the Initiative’s Regional Launch for...[more]


KwaDukuza on a path towards a green economy

On behalf of the Urban-LEDS model city KwaDukuza, South Africa, Mayor Ricardo Mthembu, will be addressing the Congress on Thursday, 09 April 2015, focusing on Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) and economic development....[more]


KwaDukuza on a path towards a green economy

On behalf of the Urban-LEDS model city KwaDukuza, South Africa, Mayor Ricardo Mthembu will be addressing the ICLEI World Congress on Thursday, 09 April 2015, focusing on Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) and economic...[more]


Low Emission Development - interesting events in framework of ICLEI World Congress

Cities and towns from around the globe will gather at ICLEI’s triennial World Congress in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 8-12 April 2015. Climate, green economy and urban Low Emission Development are all in focus.[more]


Urban air pollution is an urgent health issue: ICLEI is taking action

End of February over 100 state and non-state partners of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), including ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, met in Kathmandu, Nepal to develop a five-year strategic action plan and...[more]


City of Porto Alegre will launch its Greenhouse Gas Inventory in July

ICLEI's South America office (SAMS) and Porto Alegre’s Environment Secretariat (Smam) held the 1st Workshop for the preparation of Porto Alegre's Greenhouse Gas Inventory as part of the Urban-LEDS Project, on 11 March. Along with...[more]


Comparing “apples to apples” in energy sustainability performance

Learning from best practices on energy sustainability benchmarking at city level to inform policy development, the European Commission (EC), through the Joint Research Center (JRC), hosted a workshop with expert researchers and...[more]


Showcasing My Green Home Project

Energy efficiency has become a hot topic. While the driving force behind this has been nation wide load shedding, the reality is that it is import to reduce our consumption if we want to reduce our carbon emissions. The...[more]


Recife approaches to the launch of its Low Carbon Development Preliminary Plan

The City of Recife held the 4th COMCLIMA meeting to discuss and finalize the main guidelines of the City's Low Carbon Development Preliminary Plan, which is being developed under the Urban-LEDS project. Fortaleza is, together...[more]


Brazilian City Fortaleza sets out guidelines for its Low Carbon Development Plan

Last Friday, February 6, Fortaleza's Planning and Environment Secretariat held the 2nd Meeting of the Climate Change Forum (FORCLIMA) to discuss the City's Low Carbon Development Policy plan, that is planned to be launched soon.[more]


Urban-LEDS supports China Study

ICLEI East Asia, with the support of the Urban-LEDS project commissioned a country study on eco-city and low-carbon city programs and networks in Greater China (P.R. China and Chinese Taipei). Authored by Prof. Mingshun Zhang...[more]


How to mainstream Low Emission Development into city’s sectorial policies

One online resource platform -The Solutions Gateway- has the answer to this and more questions by providing advanced guidance to cities on Low Emission Development (LED). To support cities in the development of low-emission...[more]


The Low Emission Development progress in the 8 Model Cities

To date all 8 Model Cities (plus a number of Satellite Cities) have successfully conducted or are currently finalizing their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Inventories guided by the leading standard for City-based GHG accounting,...[more]


African Mayors Committing to Local Low Carbon and Innovative Greening Solutions

Municipal Mayors and Councillors from four municipalities of the project visited Cape Town on 27 January 2015 to experience and share examples of low carbon innovation and sustainability in a practical manner.[more]


All four Urban-LEDS countries represented in Earth Hour City Challenge Finalists

Six of the forty-four finalist cities of the Earth Hour City Challenge are Urban-LEDS cities, representing all four project countries.[more]


Recife has potential for ‘made in Recife’ low emission development exploring spatial planning

The first Model City in the Urban-LEDS project to receive technical assistance on spatial planning, Recife in Brazil, received a series of recommendations from the selected expert. The final report expresses a high level of...[more]


Panaji supports spatial planning expert recommendations

On January 9th 2015 the Commissioner Sanjit Rodrigues officially acknowledged the successful completion of the spatial planning assistance mission and reiterated the commitment of Panaji to use the expert recommendations to...[more]


Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo win 2015 Sustainable Transport Award

ICLEI Members Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have been jointly awarded the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award.[more]


Rajkot and Thane in the run for WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge 2015

Pune, Rajkot and Thane are among the three Indian cities that will compete to bag the title of Global Earth Hour Capital in WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015. [more]


Inspired by Copenhagen: Municipal Council of Recife approves Green Roof Law

On 16 December 2014, the Municipal Council of Recife, Brazil, approved the Green Roof Law. This law requires buildings with more than four floors to have their roofs covered with native vegetation. The law also applies to any...[more]


Strong voices for climate by Latin American cities at COP20

The UN Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP20) saw a strong participation of Latin American cities, many of them being Urban-LEDS project cities. They used multiple opportunities to share their commitments and experiences at...[more]


Urban-LEDS supporting the international climate advocacy at COP20 in Lima with local representation of climate actions

The Local Government Climate Roadmap received a boost during the Climate Change Talks in Lima, 20th Conference of Parties -COP20- to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), from the (re)presentation of Urban-LEDS...[more]


Integrating National and Sub-national Climate Action Resource Guide released

Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership Working Group release working draft of Sub-national Integration Resource Guide[more]


Launch of First Global Standard to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cities

WRI, C40 and ICLEI Establish First Common Standard to Measure and Report City Emissions[more]


Guiding material for vertically-integrated NAMAs released in Lima

Vertically Integrated Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (V-NAMAs) – Policy Recommendations, case studies and tools for the integration of sub-national actors in national mitigation actions now available [more]


8 Model Cities continue their progress in becoming low emission communities

Release of the Urban-LEDS Cities in Action status update publication showing how local governments are promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economies.[more]


Bogor City Council approves 2015 budget for sustainable transport

Urban-LEDS Model City Bogor, Indonesia, just announced a commitment of its city council allocating about 12 million USD (IDR 147.067 Milyar) to improve sustainable low emission transport in the city. [more]


Energy and Sustainable Urban Development in Africa

Ten municipal staff from four Urban-LEDS project municipalities in South Africa attended a five day accredited training course from 17 - 21 November 2014 on “Energy and Sustainable Urban Development”.[more]


National meeting on Climate Change in Brazil: Cities move forward on mitigating climate change

The National Meeting (Jornada Nacional) on Cities and Climate Change was the stage for the 5th meeting of the CB27 Forum and the gathering of the Brazilian Urban-LEDS cities, taking place from 12 to 14 November 2014 in Belo...[more]


Policy guide for vertically-integrated NAMAs to be released in Lima

A guidance document with policy recommendations, case studies and tools aimed at strengthening the involvement of sub-national governments in national mitigation strategies and actions will be released at the UNFCCC Conference of...[more]


Can't cut what you don't count: Launch of a powerful GHG protocol for cities

World Resources Institute, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group are pleased to announce the launch of a powerful GHG protocol for cities Global Protocol for Community-Scale...[more]


South African Urban-LEDS municipalities forge ahead to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

South African municipalities encouraged to report their climate change response actions through the carbonn Climate Registry[more]


“Preservation of the ozone layer”: a roadshow with Kwadukuza schools

KwaDukuza Municipality celebrates Preservation of the Ozone layer day with Ashville Primary school

KwaDukuza Municipality, in collaboration with Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, visited schools that participated in the KwaDukuza Environmental Day Music Competition originally held on the 5...[more]


Unlocking the full potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy: District Energy in Cities Initiative launched at UN Climate Summit

The "District Energy in Cities Initiative" was launched at last week’s Climate Summit, convened by UN Secretary¬ General Ban Ki-moon in New York. The global initiative has been initiated by the United Nations Environment...[more]


Upcoming Webinar “Highlights of the UN Climate Summit for vertically integrated climate action”

As part of the webinar discussion series “Involving sub-national and city governments in national climate change mitigation strategies” this webinar will be addressing the UN Climate Summit which took place in New York, in...[more]


"Better Growth, Better Climate" report released

The “Better Growth, Better Climate” report released by The New Climate Economy (NCE) provides new evidence showing that sustained economic growth is not possible without climate action and that strong economic performance and...[more]


May we introduce? Training the Trainer course on introducing The Hotbox/Wonderbag

KwaDukuza Municipality, in collaboration with ICLEI Africa through the Urban-LEDS project, recently conducted a training session with KwaDukuza Environmental Ward Forum members to build their skills, knowledge and capacity so...[more]


Panaji takes a critical look at planning for low emission development

On 11-18th of July, 2014, an ISOCARP expert visited Panaji, India, to help the City Corporation revise its strategic planning documents and integrate low emission development principles in the spatial planning framework. Panaji...[more]


Low-Emission Action Plan takes shape in KwaDukuza Municipality!

KwaDukuza Municipality worked collaboratively with ICLEI Africa staff and local stakeholders to identify new and existing projects, policies and actions to help it transition to its low-emission 2030 vision.[more]

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