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

 ICLEI European  Convention 

12-14 September 2011 
Brussels, Belgium 

Parallel Sessions

Morning sessions will focus on the political and strategic context of each theme, outlining the current situation at European level.

Water 1 : Making water management in the EU fit for the future

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Session language: English
Session location: Office of the Region of Lazio
Contact person: Barbara Anton, ICLEI

Objectives:
Integrated water resources management at river basin level is strongly promoted by the European Union and stakeholder involvement is an integral part of it. Further policies are in preparation aiming to secure the future of Europe’s water resources.

With the water cycle crossing administrative boundaries, all spheres of government are required to coordinate their activities in planning and management. Considering the amount of water used and waste water produced in the urban metabolism, it is obvious that local governments need to be properly engaged in such coordination. In the same way, local governments need political, institutional and regulatory frameworks that are conducive for designing, operating and maintaining their water systems to meet both contemporary and expected conditions in the future.

The objective of this session is to make participants aware of water-related EU policy development and to explore how this can be leveraged for transitioning for more effective and efficient water management. As the intermediaries between the EU and the local level, this also includes a glance at the potential for national governments to boost transitioning in their capacity.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations(pdf)

 

Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity 1: Strategy from global to local level

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Session language: English
Session location: TURKU - Southwest Finland European Office
Contact person: Pamela Mühlmann, ICLEI

Objectives:
A resource-efficient Europe will need to base progress in sustainability on the wise use of ecosystem services and biodiversity resources and through respecting the limits of our natural capital. This is of particular importance for sustaining prosperity, securing food basis, developing resilient cities, and green urban infrastructure. The session aims to develop appropriate consideration of ecosystem services and biodiversity in local and regional development. It links with the EU 2020 key terminology Green Economy as well as the flagship initiatives Resources Efficient Europe, Innovation Union and industrial policy for the globalisation era. The discussion will also be an asset for the global discussion regarding Rio+20 in 2012. One of the options local governments have is to modify their procurement policy, which is given focus in the afternoon session.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip)

 

Energy 1: Energy transition and the role of local government

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Session language: English and interpretation into German
Session location: Office of the Permanent Representation of the  Republic of Poland
Contact person: Carsten Rothballer, ICLEI

Objectives:
At European level the EU2020 strategy will replace the Lisbon Strategy. ‘Energy’ is a central theme impacting on many other aspects, with a particular focus placed on: greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction of 20% (potentially increasing up to 30%) by 2020, compared to the base year of 1990; 20% of energy from renewable energy sources (RES); 20% increase in energy efficiency; at least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

The sustainable energy transition phase has already started – with urban areas in the spotlight. This phase implies the need for significant change: revising our perceptions of energy, re-defining “quality of life”, transforming the practical generation and use of energy across all sectors (buildings, transport, water, waste, industry, ..), as well as considering ‘smart’ energy solutions that support sustainable urban development, address climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as energy security. The transition phase requires Local Governments (LGs) to have clarity on: vision to provide direction, threats and opportunities, a plan of action outlining multiple steps and ways to include key stakeholders, as well as knowing where to obtain knowledge and information about funding, options for local action and process improvement. 

How do we deal with this transition phase and integrate all necessary elements? This process needs direction, continuity of planning and implementation, inclusive approaches and generally clever solutions to optimise results. What are the key issues local governments want to address and are interested in tackling? What is blocking this? How can we pick up the pace to reach ambitious targets and benefit our communities? Is the support framework in place to enable action?

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip - pdf)

 

Sustainable Mobility 1

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Session language: English and interpretation into French
Session location: Office of Ile-de-France Europe (IdFE)  
Contact person: Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI

Part 1: The EU approach to urban mobility in the strategy towards 2020 

Objectives:
Organising sustainable urban mobility is important for climate change mitigation, energy efficiency, air quality, urban space. It is also a critical factor for access to services and social inclusion, quality of life and the overall sustainability of European cities. The session explores the EU approach to urban mobility in the strategy towards 2020, and how E-Mobility , shared use models, inter modality, and new technologies and how these can be implemented as part of a holistic Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.   Methodology Each presentation will be followed by cities’ responses and will be followed by an open discussion. 

Part 2: The future role of E-Mobility for sustainable urban transport

Objectives:
E-Mobility is currently getting a lot of attention, and a lot of technological development is focusing on the acceleration of a larger scale market introduction of e-cars in Europe. National governments have developed action plans for e-mobility, and some of them are subsidising the purchase of e-cars. E-bikes get less public attention but are also gaining popularity, and are part of the bike-rental schemes in some European Cities. The workshop will present concepts and experiences of European cities regarding e-mobility, and try to look into the perspectives for the future.  The workshop is aiming at a critical reflection of the potential contribution of e-vehicles to solve the problems of urban mobility of today and the future.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip - pdf)

(Climate) Resilience 1

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Session language: English
Session location: City of Malmö EU Office
Contact person: Holger Robrecht, ICLEI

Objectives:
Climate resilience is an increasingly important part of both climate policies and urban development policies. In fact, appropriate local climate adaptation is not just about reactively adapting infrastructure. Understood as an opportunity for innovation of all urban systems – technical, institutional and societal - climate adaptation can offer a stepping stone to develop resilient and sustainable cities and regions.

The session links to the notion of green economy and particularly the flagship initiatives 'Resource Efficiency' and 'Innovation Union' as well as with the forthcoming 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy, which refers to EU2020. By examples, the session will firstly address the challenges, when developing climate adaptation strategies at the local level. The second part will focus on opportunities and contributions to greening the economy.
The session prepares the ground for the afternoon session ‘Climate Resilience 2’.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations part 1 - part 2 (zip - pdf)

 

Procura+ Workshop

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 9:30 – 12:30 (breakfast opens at 9:00)
Session language: English
Session location: Office of Aalborg - North-Denmark EU Office
Contact person: Franziska Singer, ICLEI

Objectives:
The EU 2020 targets need a strong implementation framework to be achieved. Implementing Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) brings forward the opportunity to address this and shows how to walk the talk. Using the buying power of public authorities can shift the market to provide more sustainable products and services, as well as reducing the environmental impact of consumption and contributing to fairer working conditions world wide. 

The session is organised within the framework of the Procura+ Campaign that is an initiative designed to help support public authorities in implementing SPP – and help promote their achievements.  

This interactive session will introduce sustainable procurement and the Procura+ Campaign to a wider audience and give participants the opportunity to exchange on current developments within their authority and at the European level. The three-part session will consist of an interactive panel discussion, room for sharing good practise at the SPP Exchange, and learning how to walk the talk at enabling SPP Training Workshops. 

Session Description (pdf)

 

Building Design & Construction 1

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 9:30 – 12:30
Session language: English and interpretation into Italian
Session location: BIP: Bruxelles Info Place
Contact person: Maryke van Staden, ICLEI

Objectives:
Although proven to be effective, with enhanced user comfort and reduced energy costs, the 'passive house' and similar standard low energy building concepts are not yet the norm. Neither is the use of sustainable building materials. Considering that buildings require high financial investments and are constructed to last for several lifetimes (perhaps even centuries), the approach to design and construction needs to be changed and should contribute to reducing the vast amounts of construction waste. How can and should we move forward to create zero and low carbon districts and communities? This session is linked to Resource Efficient Europe.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip - pdf)

 

 

Greater Quality of Life with less resources

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 9:30 – 12:30   
Session language: English
Session location: Delegation of the Basque Country in Brussels
Contact person: Holger Robrecht, ICLEI

Objectives:
The main aim of the EU 2020 strategy is to improve quality of life through sustained and sustainable growth and green economy. But is this growth possible with diminishing resources? And does quality of life solely depend on growth? Or do we need to redefine quality of life? What quality of life is possible to maintain Europe in light of scientific knowledge suggesting a necessary radical cut-down of European resource use by mid of this century? And how do we go about measuring this concept? The central statement of the session is that we have to redefine quality of life - what does quality of life mean in terms of sustainability and how can it be transferred to the local level? The session is clearly linked with EU 2020 and particularly with flagship initiative Resource Efficiency.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip - pdf)

 

Visit to Hamburg Train of Ideas

Explore the Train of Ideas - an actual train housing an exhibition on environmental issues and urban sustainability, featuring excellent best practice projects from cities all over Europe. On the train, take a virtual tour of European Green Capital 2011 Hamburg by bike, explore the parameters of urban planning through a digital exhibition feature, learn about urban biodiversity species, and gain insight on climate change.

 

Effective solutions for green urban transport - CIVITAS external workshop 1

Session language: English
Session location: Representation of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen to the EU
Contact person: Gloria Spezzano, ICLEI

Objectives:
The workshop offers a unique opportunity for local authorities' transport experts to learn about the achievements of and challenges faced by various CIVITAS cities in the fields of:

  • Collective passenger transports (morning session); and
  • Safety and security (afternoon session).

Participants will learn what CIVITAS pioneering cities have achieved and how, and will be informed of how they can replicate these measures in their own city contexts. Examples from CIVITAS cities will be showcased to present what they have achieved through the implementation of their measures; how they cooperated with other cities; and finally, what they learned and how they made use of this knowledge. 

CIVITAS - cleaner and better transport in cities - is a network of cities across Europe dedicated to sustainable urban transport. Launched by the European Commission in 2002, CIVITAS has helped cities to make a significant shift in the modal split towards sustainable transport, by encouraging both innovative technology and policy-based strategies. 

The workshop is free of charge and open to representatives of cities, public transport operators, research programmes and others working in the field of sustainable urban mobility. Places are limited, so be sure to secure yours by registering soon.

For more information and to register for the workshop, please visit the CIVITAS Events page, or contact workshop@civitas.eu.

A preliminary programme can be downloaded here.

Contributors:
Facilitator: Ciara Leonard, Project Coordinator, ICLEI Europe
Facilitator: Ivo Cré, Project Manager, Polis

EU policy priorities
Vincent Leiner, European Commission

Introduction to CIVITAS’ definition of “Collective passenger transport” and a snapshot of its results in the field
Siegfried Rupprecht, Rupprecht Consult, CIVITAS CATALIST 

Introduction to CIVITAS’ definition of “Safety and security” and a snapshot of its results in the field
Tariq van Rooijen, CIVITAS POINTER

CIVITAS showcases
City of Perugia, City of Bremen, City of Nantes, City of Donostia-San Sebastian, City of Ghent, City of Krakow

 


Afternoon sessions will focus on practical and technical aspects, with local examples which identify limits and challenges and discuss how to transfer each theme into a meaningful local policy.

 

Water 2 : Managing water more efficiently - lessons learned from innovative approaches

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Session language: English
Session location: Office of the Region of Lazio
Contact person: Barbara Anton, ICLEI

Objectives:
Increasing water scarcity will slow down economic development in the long run, while also threatening supplies for domestic demand. Additionally, aquatic ecosystems as well as their services are likely to be affected, potentially resulting in significant remediation costs. Whereas multiple options exist to meet demand for energy, meeting water demand has fewer alternatives. In order to maintain the quality of human life and protect the natural environment, reducing water consumption is essential.
The objective of this session is to showcase the wide range of different measures and technologies that are available for local governments and water utilities to increase water efficiency. Furthermore, the session will explore how the replication of proven approaches can be better promoted to instigate a more radical shift away from the current reliance on conventional water supply options.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip - pdf)

 

Ecosystem services and Biodiversity 2 – a wide range of opportunities for local authorities

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Session language: English
Session location: TURKU - Southwest Finland European Office
Contact person: Pamela Mühlmann, ICLEI

Objectives:
Based on the strategic morning session the afternoon session will turn to focus on the practicalities of applying different approaches which take eco-system services into account. The session aims to showcase concrete examples motivated by different issues to provide the audience with an understanding of how these all contribute to maintain and improve ecosystem services in cities. To help convey the right message, the session will be guided by some of the experts from the morning session to act as observers and who will draw conclusions on the various approaches presented. The session will present a range of practical examples that are linked through the concept of ecosystem services and will therefore provide delegates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on certain initiatives as well as the ecosystem services approach in general.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (pdf)

 

Energy 2: Energy transition and the role of local government

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Session language: English and interpretation into German
Session location: Office of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland
Contact person: Carsten Rothballer, ICLEI

Objectives:
At European level the EU2020 strategy will replace the Lisbon Strategy. ‘Energy’ is a central theme impacting on many other aspects, with a particular focus placed on: greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction of 20% (potentially increasing up to 30%) by 2020, compared to the base year of 1990; 20% of energy from renewable energy sources (RES); 20% increase in energy efficiency; at least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

The sustainable energy transition phase has already started – with urban areas in the spotlight. This phase implies the need for significant change: revising our perceptions of energy, re-defining “quality of life”, transforming the practical generation and use of energy across all sectors (buildings, transport, water, waste, industry, ..), as well as considering ‘smart’ energy solutions that support sustainable urban development, address climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as energy security. The transition phase requires Local Governments (LGs) to have clarity on: vision to provide direction, threats and opportunities, a plan of action outlining multiple steps and ways to include key stakeholders, as well as knowing where to obtain knowledge and information about funding, options for local action and process improvement. 

How do we deal with this transition phase and integrate all necessary elements? This process needs direction, continuity of planning and implementation, inclusive approaches and generally clever solutions to optimise results. What are the key issues local governments want to address and are interested in tackling? What is blocking this? How can we pick up the pace to reach ambitious targets and benefit our communities? Is the support framework in place to enable action?

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (pdf)

 

Sustainable Mobility 2

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Session language: English and interpretation into French
Session location: Office of Ile-de-France Europe (IdFE)  
Contact person: Wolfgang Teubner, ICLEI

Part 1: Using instead of owning – shared use models on the way forward

Objectives:

Car-sharing can play an important role for the sustainability of urban mobility. Using a car instead of owning it can potentially contribute to reduce the number of cars in our cities, and reduce the impact on public space. Sharing cars is not a new concept, and at least in some countries car sharing clubs are quite wide-spread and linked. Still the use and impact is fairly limited compared to the overall dimension of urban traffic. However, further integration with public transport, new technologies allowing for more flexible solutions, and new innovative service providers might considerably raise the interest in car-sharing solutions and motivate people to giving up owning a car. 

As the concepts for car-sharing are largely driven by private initiative, the discussion should focus on the integration of car-sharing models into a sustainable urban mobility strategy and the link to public services.

Part 2: Inter-modal service integration – the way forward for sustainable urban mobility?

Objectives:
Reflecting the presentations in the previous sessions the panel will try to explore a vision for sustainable urban mobility beyond 2020. What will be the role of the different modes of transport in a sustainable urban environment, and how flexible will new technologies and offers have to be in order to satisfy the needs of the urban people in the perspective of a post-carbon society? Will car manufacturers turn into mobility service providers and integrate with other providers like public transport? Can public transport act as provider of integrated services? Does the European Commission ‘s vision 2020 and beyond lead the way forward or do we need more revolutionary thinking in order to solve the problems of urban mobility and come to a more sustainable approach? Taking into account the longevity of infrastructure and its influence on options and behaviour, what do cities need to do today in order to support the sustainable mobility of the future?

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations  (zip - pdf)

 

Digital Democracy: Local sustainability and participation in times of web 2.0

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Session language: English
Session location: Office of Aalborg - North-Denmark EU Office
Contact person: Ania Rok, ICLEI

Objectives:
While large parts of societies in Europe google for information, engage in virtual social networks, participate in online polling, and book holidays on the web, local policy-making is facing diminishing citizen participation rates and lowered interest in public hearings, workshops and local sustainability processes. What possibilities can e-participation tools offer for local governments in this situation and how can such tools support sustainability? What do local governments need to know about using and implementing e-participation tools? What are the limits of e-participation, and what are its links to traditional methods of face-to-face participation? The session addresses the flagship initiative Digital Agenda and Resource Efficiency, with links to Innovation Union and Youth on the Move.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip - pdf)

 

(Climate) Resilience 2

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Session language: English
Session location: City of Malmö EU Office
Contact person: Holger Robrecht, ICLEI

Objectives:
Climate resilience is an increasingly important part of both climate policies and urban development policies. In fact, appropriate local climate adaptation is not just about reactively adapting infrastructure. Understood as an opportunity for innovation in all urban systems – technical, institutional and societal - climate adaptation can be considered a stepping stone to develop resilient and sustainable cities and regions.

The session will firstly address ‘resilience’ as objective of climate adaptation and, secondly address the framework conditions needed by local governments to successfully perform. The session links to the notion of green economy and particularly the flagship initiatives 'Resource Efficiency' and 'Innovation Union' as well as with the forthcoming 2013 EU Adaptation Strategy, which refers to EU2020. It will also address the role of national adaptation strategies.

The session picks upon the examples presented and discussed in the morning session ‘Climate Resilience 1’.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip - pdf)

 

Building Design & Construction 2

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Session language: English (only)
Session location: BIP: Bruxelles Info Place
Contact person: Maryke Van Staden, ICLEI

Objectives:
Although proven to be effective, with enhanced user comfort and reduced energy costs, the 'passive house' and similar standard low energy building concepts are not yet the norm. Neither is the use of sustainable building materials. Considering that buildings require high financial investments and are constructed to last for several lifetimes (perhaps even centuries) the approach to design and construction needs to be changed and should contribute to reducing the vast amounts of construction waste. How can and should we move forward to create zero and low carbon districts and communities? This session is linked to Resource Efficient Europe.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (pdf)

 

Urban Performance Monitoring

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Session language:
English
Session location: Delegation of the Basque Country in Brussels
Contact person: Stefan Kuhn, ICLEI

Objectives:
A number of approaches and concrete processes exist in Europe that measure 'success in sustainability' - amongst them the Aalborg Commitments, the forthcoming Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities, the Green Capital Award, the Covenant of the Mayors, the EU Biodiversity Capital, and others. In addition, the European Environment Agency has initiated the Integrated Urban Monitoring in Europe – IUME to develop a more coherent framework and reference for the existing monitoring approaches. Besides these, the Europe 2020 Strategy is connected to an EU 2020 Monitoring platform.

The session will look at the various measurement approaches, bringing together main actors to discuss options to better integrate tools for 'Monitoring progress in sustainability'. The session links to EU 2020 and various flagship initiatives, such as Digital Agenda, Resource Efficient Europe, etc.

Session Description (pdf)

Presentations (zip - pdf)

 

Visit to Hamburg Train of Ideas

Explore the Train of Ideas - an actual train housing an exhibition on environmental issues and urban sustainability, featuring excellent best practice projects from cities all over Europe. On the train, take a virtual tour of European Green Capital 2011 Hamburg by bike, explore the parameters of urban planning through a digital exhibition feature, learn about urban biodiversity species, and gain insight on climate change.

 

Effective solutions for green urban transport - CIVITAS external workshop 2

Session language: English
Session location: Representation of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen to the EU
Contact person: Gloria Spezzano, ICLEI

Continuation of the CIVITAS results workshop morning session, for interested local authorities’ transport experts. For more information and to register for the workshop, please visit the CIVITAS Events page, or contact workshop@civitas.eu.

A preliminary programme can be downloaded here.

Contributors:
Facilitator: Ivo Cré, Project Manager, Polis  

Introduction to CIVITAS’ definition of “Safety and security” and a snapshot of its results in the field
Tariq van Rooijen, TNO, CIVITAS POINTER      

CIVITAS showcases
City of Krakow, City of Ghent and City of Donostia- San Sebastian (tbc)

 

Mayors Session

Chair: Alexandra van Huffelen, Deputy Mayor, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The City of Rotterdam and ICLEI are pleased to invite (Deputy) Mayors who attend the Convention to a special Mayors Session on Tuesday, 13 September, 14.00-17.00. This closed-door meeting is upon invitation only. Key local leaders with different European backgrounds will meet to exchange opinions and experiences and discuss their visions for Europe's future. The Mayors Session will offer the opportunity to discuss the political messages calling for the recognition of local governments in the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy, following the Dunkerque 2010 Local Sustainability Declaration. The outcome of the discussion will be a political message that will be presented to high-level representatives of national government and European institutions and will feed into the fi nal plenary of the Convention.