Since 2000, the townhall of Litoměřice has subsidized private solar thermal installations through a simple and effective program which won it national attention as well as several awards from the Czech Solar league and the European RES Champions Leage in 2010. In 2008, the city took their efforts to become sustainable a step farther, preparing to construct an ambitious geothermal heating plant with the capacity to generate 40 MWt and 5 MWe. This plant will use water from two wells to power electro-turbines and provide heating to the distribution system. Although this plan is waiting on the necessary additional funding, it is testiment to the town's drive to reach its goal of becoming 100% powered by RES.
As Litoměřice continues to invest in energy efficiency and other sustainable development methods, it has already proven itself as a leader in green energy promotion amongst middle sized towns in the Czech Republic, making it among the nominees of the national championship of the RES Champions League 2014.
Though there is still work to be done, the town of Litoměřice continues to push towards sustainable urban development, a trend which can be expected to last into the future.
In an effort to better involve more areas of Europe in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology's (EIT) Regional Innovation Scheme, Climate-KIC has invited seven Portuguese clean-tech start-ups to be a part of their Climate-KIC Accelerator. This proved to be very successful. To continue to build off of this success, Climate-KIC has recently participated in several meetings in the Portuguese municipalities of Oporto, Aviero, Vila real and Lisbon to discuss their collaboration with the view of strengthening ties in 2015.
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After thousands of workers were laid off at the end of the 1980s, Malmö, a traditional industry town, was transformed into a model of sustainable city design. Pollution was replaced with energy sources which are 100% local and renewable. In addition to low energy consuming houses and buildings, Malmö is bike friendly, sporting 420 km of bike lanes for its residents.
The Augustenborg Ecocity in Malmö is the world's largest collective roof garden. Its 10,000 m2 of vegetation for its roof was implimented to address the problem of flooding in a sustainable fashion. In addition to protecting the city from flooding damage, it has given Malmö expansive green areas for its residents to enjoy, increases energy efficiency and improved access to recycling facilities.
As if this wasn't enough, Malmö was named Sweden's first Fairtrade City, making ethical consumption a cornerstone of its actions. This has caused many fair trade businesses to find a home in this sustainably progressive city.
For more information on sustainability in Malmö, check out their Malmö Green Map.