Europe is one of the most urbanised regions in the world, with 73 % of its population living in cities and towns. With the expected rise in global urbanisation in the coming decades, European cities will be facing many challenges associated with sustainable urban development.
The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative last week launched the report ‘Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’ at the United Nations High Level Political Forum in New York. This report sets out six key transformations that will enable the world to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The China Urban Green Financing Forum was held on July 5th by the Europe-China Eco Cities Link project (EC Link) in cooperation with the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) to establish a network of cities, expertise and financing institutions in implementing green investments collaboratively.
The successful projects will receive a total of nearly €96 million. They will focus on smart city solutions, develop integrated local energy systems, test innovative smart grid services and work on biofuels for industrial installations.
The forum “Circular Economy and Clean Technologies” will take place on 18 May 2018. It is part of the official agenda of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU in 2018 and is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria.
Over 2’000 makers, start-ups, inventors, European top policy makers, business leaders, high school teachers and children meet in a unique fair to discover and debate what the Town of the Future will look like. Building on the success of the 2016 and 2017 editions, Makerstown is back in 2018 bigger, better, and more daring. Makerstown shakes up Brussels by showcasing the Town of the Future and what needs to be done in terms of policy, private investment and education to ensure the Town of the Future can become a reality.
Over €560 m was requested by applicants, the total available budget is €138.3 m. According to estimates, up to twelve projects may be funded through these funds (indicative).