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ICLEI focuses on Urban Health

Urban health and improved air quality go hand in hand. ICLEI is a partner in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and is actively engaging in the working group to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants. [more]


Linking to South African National Business Initiative

Engaging with the business sector is crucial when conceptualizing a Low Emission Development approach. This is actively being explored in one of the South African Model Cities, namely KwaDukuza.[more]


Zero bins for zero waste: A ward in Indian Urban-LEDS Satellite City Coimbatore becomes bin-free

Ward no. 23 of R.S. Puram in Coimbatore, India, has now become a bin-free ward, serving as a role model for other wards in Coimbatore, a city that is also part of the Urban-LEDS project aiming at enhancing the transition to low...[more]


IPCC experts discuss guidelines for subnational emission inventories

During the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expert meeting “Application of 2006 IPCC Guidelines to Other Areas” convened 1-3 July 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria, official discussions on how to apply the 2006 IPCC...[more]


Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions (GPC) to enter public reviewing phase

While the league of climate change experts convened at this year’s Bonn Climate Change Conference preparing the next Climate Conference of the Parties (COP) in Lima, Peru this year and Paris, France next year, the GPC Advisory...[more]


KwaDukuza’s future comes to life on World Environment Day!

A series of events was jointly held by ICLEI and Urban-LEDS model municipality, KwaDukuza, to build on the messages of World Environment Day and bring to life the scenario-planning work that ICLEI, the municipality and interested...[more]


Climate Change and its Impact on Cities: IPCC message in a nutshell

Cities account for 37–49% of global greenhouse gas emissions and urban infrastructure accounts for over 70% of global energy use. This is just one of the facts found in the “Climate Change: Implications for Cities - Key Findings...[more]


Exploring urban planning in the context of climate change

At Resilient Cities 2014 Congress held in Bonn in May 2014, an Urban-LEDS project workshop was organized by ICLEI on integrated climate action from a spatial planning perspective. The large turnout revealed a great deal of...[more]


People of Steve Tshwete reinforce their vision for a low emission future

From 25-26 May 2014 in an engaging and productive workshop, a range of stakeholders came together to create a vision and next steps towards the preferred future scenario for the region.[more]


Sustainable infrastructure projects pitched to potential funders

The Urban-LEDS city of Belo Horizonte (Brazil) presented a project called “New Belo Horizonte” to prospective funders at the 4th edition of Global Infrastructure Basel, a summit on sustainable infrastructure financing, held at...[more]


4th Webinar on 28 May: Reporting & Monitoring GHG emissions for local & sub-national governments

As part of the V-NAMA webinar discussion series “Involving sub-national and city governments in national climate change mitigation strategies” the next webinar on V-NAMAs, hosted by GIZ and ICLEI, focuses on "Towards Measurable,...[more]


3rd V-NAMA webinar focusing on waste management in Jambi City, Indonesia

The V-NAMA webinar discussion series “Involving sub-national and city governments in national climate change mitigation strategies” hosted their 3rd webinar on 24 April, focusing on progress and prospects of the NAMA development...[more]


Almada integrates Low Emissions Urban Development into Master Plan

At the request of the Municipality of Almada, Portugal, the Local Energy Agency - AGENEAL - developed a group of maps to characterize the "Energy Aptitude to Land Use" to be included in the revision of the city's Master Plan. [more]


Loads of knowledge-sharing during Urban-LEDS' European Study Tour

13 Urban-LEDS cities took part in the Urban-LEDS European Study Tour lasting from 4 to 11 April 2014. The host cities Almada, Copenhagen and Hannover paved the way for peer-learning and exchange to their fellow city colleagues...[more]


Urban-LEDS Project announces agreement of cooperation with the initiatives of the Inter-American Development Bank: URBELAC and ESCI

On 10 April 2014, at the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF) an agreement of cooperation was announced between the project “Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries” (Urban LEDS) and the...[more]


Shimla wins Best City Award for Public Services

Best City Award (BCA) recognizes the Best Cities to live in India. [more]


Green growth best practices - first ever global assessment

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative released a summary report in March 2014, as a synthesis of key findings from the review of green growth approaches taken in different countries and regions around the world. Highly...[more]


Yes, they do (and they win!) - Cities from the Global South tackle climate change mitigation

As the first city from the Global South, from an emerging economy, Cape Town in South Africa has emerged as the international winner of the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) - the new Global Earth Hour Capital 2014. Among the EHCC...[more]


Coimbatore - the 2014 crown bearer of Indian National Earth Hour Capital!

At a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, on 27 March 2015, WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) awarded Coimbatore, which is also one of the Indian Urban-LEDS Satellite Cities, as the National Earth Hour Capital for India; Cape...[more]


Invitation to Webinar “Financing sub-national climate action and the role of V-NAMAs”

The next webinar on vertically integrated National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (V-NAMAs), jointly hosted by GIZ and ICLEI, focuses on "Financing sub-national climate action and the role of V-NAMAs" and takes place on 26 March...[more]


Urban-LEDS project Study Tour “Low- Carbon Solutions in Europe” 4 - 11 April 2014 Almada, Portugal - Copenhagen, Denmark - Hannover, Germany

The long awaited European Study Tour on Urban Low Emissions Development in Europe will take place from 4 April 2014 to 11 April 2014. It will showcase highly relevant examples of waste to energy solutions, green buildings and...[more]


Hannover commits to ambitious emissions reduction targets by 2050

ICLEI member Hannover (Germany) announced plans last month to significantly reduce both emissions levels and resource use by 2050. [more]


People of Steve Tshwete vision a low-carbon future for their community

Last week, workshop participants from Steve Tshwete mapped out four possible low-emission development futures for the area. This workshop was the first of two exciting scenario planning exercises designed to bring local people...[more]


KwaDukuza vision for low-carbon green urban economy

In an innovative future scenario planning process, KwaDukuza Municipality invited key stakeholders from the city, neighbouring municipalities and the province to create a low-carbon development vision for the wider area’s future...[more]


Exploring vertical integration of NAMAs

A new webinar discussion series on “Involving sub-national and city governments in national climate change mitigation strategies” has started, and will take place throughout the year and early 2015. [more]


Bologna and Helsinki join the Urban-LEDS project

ICLEI members Bologna (Italy) and Helsinki (Finland) have been selected to join the group of European cities to take part in the Urban-LEDS International City Network. Bologna has a long history of mainstreaming environmental...[more]


Exploring the Green Building Concept

Recognizing the significant contribution of buildings to a city’s energy efficiency level Bogor City plans the citizen’s House of Representative based on the recently adopted sustainable building concept.[more]


Mayor of Recife pushes Climate Change Bill

Just recently Geraldo Julio, Mayor of Urban-LEDS city Recife, Brazil, has sent a Bill of Law on Climate Change and Sustainability for approval by the City Council. This has the potential to significantly contribute to the city’s...[more]


First Stakeholder Consultation meeting in Thane inspires concrete Urban LEDS actions

At the first Stakeholder Consultation meeting on 13 February 2014 in Thane, India, various stakeholders suggested ideas and agreed on pilot projects to make Thane a progressive Urban LEDS city. [more]


Almada's city mobility low-emissions strategy

Almada, in addition to being part of the EcoMobility Alliance, is actively involved in the Urban-LEDS project.[more]


Project Advisory Group in India paves the way for private sector cooperation

Tangible action proposals at the first Project Advisory Group meeting, is taking the Urban-LEDS project in India forward; discussions with leading private players in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency kicked off.[more]


Exploring urban planning for low-carbon development

In the Urban-LEDS project a competition was launched for technical support in urban spatial planning in support of development of a low emission development strategy by the participating cities. The response was overwhelming, and...[more]


GPC Stakeholder Consultations conclude

The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC) provides requirements and guidance for cities on preparing and publicly reporting GHG emission inventories. It has been tested by 7 cities to provide...[more]


Bogor City “Walkability Campaign”

Bogor, known as one of the most traffic-congested cities in Indonesia, put ecomobile transportation as its number one low emission development priority.[more]


Two Urban-LEDS Project Cities release their greenhouse gas inventory results!

During 2013, as part of the Urban-LEDS project, ICLEI Africa supported two South African model municipalities (Steve Tshwete Local Municipality and KwaDukuza Municipality) and various key stakeholders at all spheres of government...[more]


Cities and climate in focus

With the international climate negotiations continuing, the role of cities is increasingly flagged as critical for success. The Urban-LEDS project facilitated the involvement of two speakers in a high-level panel on ‘Cities and...[more]


First City peer-exchange and learning on Low Emission Development

Seventeen of the 37 Urban-LEDS project cities came together at the 1st Exchange in South Africa to connect, exchange and explore ideas. Political leaders and technical staff learned from experts and one another, exploring urban...[more]


Exploring future energy scenarios in cities

Focusing on systems change when addressing energy and climate change at the city level, a training session using the Greenhouse Gas Regional Inventory Process (GRIP) - a scenario tool – helped cities explore energy and greenhouse...[more]


People of KwaDukuza vision a low emission future for their Municipality

Workshop participants from KwaDukuza Municipality mapped out four possible low-emission development futures for the area.[more]


Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality exploring vertical integration opportunity at the KfW 2013 Energy Forum

Representatives of the Urban-LEDS Satellite City Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and South African national government shared views on investing n energy efficiency at the KfW 2013 Energy Forum “Investing in Energy Efficiency:...[more]


Urban-LEDS Mayors in “Cities and Subnationals dialogue” at UNFCCC´s COP19

Two representatives of Urban-LEDS cities, Recife (Brazil), and Thane (India) will be speaking at UNFCCC’s COP19 special event dialogue between Ministers, Mayors and other sub-national leaders on November 21, from 09:30 to 12:30...[more]


Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013

The 2013 Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress comes to a close with a united and strong commitment to local climate action[more]


Urban-LEDS municipalities attend “low-carbon human settlements” training @ LOCS 2013

Five of the seven South African Urban-LEDS project municipalities enjoyed an interactive half day training session to explore how to take an integrated approach to promoting low-carbon development in the built environment.[more]


Urban-LEDS well positioned in EU-LAC dialogue

The EU hosted a high level roundtable to advance climate change policy dialogue between the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean (Brussels, 16 – 17 October 2013). The project Urban-LEDS was one of the inter-regional cooperation...[more]


Urban-LEDS cities enter the EHCC competition

Eight of the cities engaged in the Urban-LEDS project entered the Earth Hour City Challenge 2013-2014 disclosing their mitigation commitments, greenhouse gases emissions (GHG), and climate actions in the official reporting...[more]


Urban-LEDS at International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change

Urban-LEDS was presented at the International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change in Athens, Greece on 11 October 2013[more]


Urban-LEDS showcased in Asia LEDS Forum 2013

The Urban-LEDS project was showcased during the Asia LEDS Forum 2013 held last October 1-3. Three ICLEI offices, namely Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Japan office participated in the forum attended by over 250 representatives...[more]


Urban-LEDS contributes to global climate advocacy

The World Mayors Summit on Climate Change 2013 took place on 27-28 September in Nantes, France. During this summit, the Nantes Declaration of Mayors and Subnational Leaders on Climate Change was adopted with the support of over...[more]


HEAT+ Training in Indonesia: A tailor-made tool for managing emissions

A two day training programme on the Harmonized Emissions Analysis Tool Plus (HEAT+) was held on 23-24 September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia with the participation of Urban-LEDS cities, PAKLIM cities, and National Government...[more]

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