The European Commission just launched the Green City Tool, a self-assessment and benchmarking tool for cities, and a source of information and advice for anyone wanting to learn more about making cities greener and more sustainable.
PLATFORMA will mark its contribution to the Global Day to #act4SDGs by presenting the 4th edition of the European Days of Local Solidarity (EDLS). Partners and stakeholders, are invited to exchange on the contribution of cities and regions to EU citizens’ awareness about global development issues. An open discussion with EU representatives, Civil Society Organisations and their associations in Europe, the educational sector, among others, on how to better engage citizens in global development.
The 200,000-strong population of Banja Luka, the second-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, will enjoy a better water supply thanks to a €4 million loan by the EBRD to finance improvements to the municipal water network.
Over 180,000 citizens of Khujand, the second-largest city in Tajikistan, will have regular access to safe drinking water and improved wastewater services thanks to a joint investment of US$ 8.85 million by the EBRD and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
The event will give participants the opportunity to take stock of achievements and discuss common challenges, opportunities and concrete solutions on sustainable urban development. It will also be a platform for exchanging ideas and good practices in view of the preparation for the next generation of urban strategies in 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed EUR 7 billion of new financing. This includes support for new investment to improve social housing, clean energy and sustainable transport, telecommunications, health and education. The EIB also approved more than EUR 2.8 billion of new support for business investment through both direct financing and credit lines with local banks.
There is growing recognition that achieving prosperity within environmental limits requires fundamental changes in core systems of production and consumption. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, identifies ten focus areas for enabling sustainability transitions.
This briefing is based on a range of EEA and Eionet work, and is intended to provide parliamentarians and the European Commission with a selection of key insights on the challenges for environmental sustainability.