ICLEI European Convention 2011 - Cities in Europe 2020 - Enhance sustainability now

 ICLEI European  Convention 

12-14 September 2011 
Brussels, Belgium 

Tuesday 13 September 2011

A number of ICLEI Members and other organisations opened the doors of their Brussels-based offices to allow for smaller theme-focused discussions on the necessary transformations within cities, looking at innovative European local achievements that could support the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy. A number of parallel sessions were held, each on a specific theme, with a view to examining the transformations needed to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive cities.

Morning sessions focused on the political and strategic context of each theme, outlining the current situation at a European level.  Afternoon sessions  focused on practical and technical aspects, drawing on local examples which identify limits and challenges and discussing how to transfer each theme into a meaningful local policy.


Sessions 1
Parallel Break-out Sessions

Water 1

Biodiversity 1

Building Design & Construction 1

Interpretation into Italian

Sustainable Mobility 1

Interpretation into French

(Climate) Resilience 1

Energy 1

Interpretation into German

Quality of Life

Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Workshop

Visit to Hamburg
Train of Ideas
9.30 - 11.00


Effective solutions for green urban transport -
CIVITAS external workshop 1




End sessions


European Energy Service Awards Ceremony

The European Energy Service Award honours outstanding efforts and achievements for the development of energy services in Europe. The prestigious award has been awarded since 2005 within the scope of European Energy Service Initiative.

It is a means to increase awareness on energy services as proper way to more energy efficiency by showing its successes and motivating others to follow. Furthermore, the European Energy Service Media Award honours journalists dealing with this complex subject in a generally understandable way, hence contributing to its stronger dissemination.

The award-winners were selected by an international jury of experts, including Marie Donnelly (European Commission), Paolo Bertoldi (European Commission), Fiona Hall (European Parliament), Jean-Louis Joseph (FEDARENE), Peter HobsonDr (EBRD) and Klaus Müschen (German Federal Environmental Agency).

Organiser of the EESA was the European Energy Service Initiative - EESI. More information on the event and online registration:



As a conclusion to the day, participants of the ICLEI European Convention 2011 gathered for a formal dinner, hosted by the city of Hamburg.

Participants were welcomed by Holger Lange, State Secretary, Ministry for Urban Development and Environment, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany