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  • Annual EUKN Conference: Exchanging knowledge on building “Energy Efficient Cities
    18 November 2013
    On the 6th and 7th of November, the 6th annual EUKN conference gathered experts, practitioners and policy makers from all over Europe in Oradea, Romania, to discuss the progress but also the barriers in building Energy Efficient Cities.
  • New research on natural disasters: Saving Lives Today, Building Resilience for Tomorrow
    18 November 2013
    The rapid growth in the number of people living in cities and urban landscapes is increasing the world’s susceptibility to natural disasters, according to this new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The report, titled Natural Disasters: Saving Lives Today, Building Resilience Tomorrow, calls for a much greater focus on preparing people for possible extreme natural events and building disaster resilience among locals.
  • Call for Abstracts – Frontiers in European Climate Change Adaptation Research and Practice -CIRCLE-2
    18 October 2013
    The CIRCLE-2 network invites you to submit an abstract to its final conference "Adaptation Frontiers: Conference on European Climate Change Adaptation Research and Practice" on the 10th-12th March 2014 in Lisbon.The conference aims to share the results of 10 years of European cooperation in climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation research, and to pave the way for the development of new research in support of climate change adaptation in Europe in the next decade. Within the constraints of the conference venue, everyone committed to adaptation research or policy in Europe is welcome to submit an abstract until the 25th November 2013.
  • New EUKN publication on energy efficient cities: joint action for the built environment
    18 October 2013
    It has become a well-known ambition: by 2020 the European Union wants to reduce its overall CO2 emissions to 20% below 1990 levels. Cities and urban regions are viewed as key actors in reaching the ambitious energy goals. To inspire and support cities on their journey towards energy efficiency, EUKN’s Annual Publication focuses on energy efficiency in the built environment. The publication provides a complete overview of what is happening on all levels affecting local government.
  • Call for Abstracts – Frontiers in European Climate Change Adaptation Research and Practice -CIRCLE-2
    11 October 2013
    The CIRCLE-2 network invites you to submit an abstract to its final conference "Adaptation Frontiers: Conference on European Climate Change Adaptation Research and Practice" on the 10th-12th March 2014 in Lisbon.The conference aims to share the results of 10 years of European cooperation in climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation research, and to pave the way for the development of new research in support of climate change adaptation in Europe in the next decade. Within the constraints of the conference venue, everyone committed to adaptation research or policy in Europe is welcome to submit an abstract until the 25th November 2013.
  • Case- study in the spotlight: Successful sustainable housing quarter in London makes a more sustainable lifestyle possible
    12 August 2013
    Since its conception in 2002, Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) has been a flourishing green community. BedZED is an environmentally friendly housing development in Hackbridge, London. It was designed by the architect Bill Dunster to support a more sustainable lifestyle. This article tells you about the important assets of this residential and workspace development project. It gives you the opportunity to find out what makes BedZED so successful.
  • IMEA - Integrated Measures for an Energy Efficiency Approach
    12 August 2013
    The topic of energy efficiency is on top of the agenda of many governments. However, making it operational requires not only dedicated funding, but also innovative approaches, methodologies, and energy efficiency solutions to support and guide these types of urban interventions. These kind of model interventions are sometimes the result of strong cooperation between governmental authorities, public research institutes, municipalities, enterprises of public services and private actors and, they generally include a mix of innovative engineering work investment, increased awareness, funding models and a culture based on cooperation and winning partnerships, among multiple and diverse stakeholders. This ‘recipe’ is strongly imbedded in the IMEA project, constituting the vehicle towards achievement of better energy efficiency.
  • Energy-efficient housing: Dutch project ‘House full of Energy’ opens doors
    24 June 2013
    More and more people realise that it is smart to live in houses that are energy neutral, that is houses that actually produce as much energy that you need. Benefits: it’s comfortable, it’s climate friendly and it’s cost-efficient (it actually saves you money). In the Netherlands a project called ‘House full of energy’ (Huis vol energie) recently organised an open day during which people with energy neutral houses opened their doors to the general public. In this way anybody interested in energy neutral housing could visit energy neutral houses and meet with these homeowners.
  • Project results Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF)
    18 March 2013
    The Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF) project has published its findings after 3 years of research. The conducted research is informed by practical projects demonstrating how the urban fringe (outskirts urban land) can make a real contribution to sustainable development in our city regions. The project is part of the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme and partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund. In total, 13 project partners from 5 countries worked together, exchanging knowledge on the effective management and development of the urban fringe.
  • Interview: Forests in Future Porto, a low cost project made for and by people
    18 March 2013
    The project “Futuro”, as in Future, aims to plant 100.000 native trees in Porto’s Metropolitan Areabut without any allocated budget. A critical part of the project is the search for patches of public and private land suitable for planting. That is why the close collaboration between the regional centre, the municipalities, landowners and environmental associations is crucial. In order to find out how they achieve this sustainability goal, we interviewed Marta Pinto, the project’s Coordinator, from Porto’s Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (RCE.Porto).
  • Become a RFSC City and improve your city’s strategies and projects
    14 February 2013
    The Reference Framework for European Sustainable Cities (RFSC) is an online toolkit designed to help cities promote and enhance their work on integrated and sustainable urban development. It is available free of charge to all European local authorities and offers practical support in improving your strategies and projects of integrated and sustainable urban development.
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