14 February 2017 - 9:30am

The France 2 French national TV has filmed our visit to Loos-en-Gohelle last October, in the framework of a 30 minutes report on the stunning... Read more

9 January 2017 - 3:30pm

COP21 has demonstrated the pivotal role played by cities in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Beyond technology progress and roll out in urban contexts, the solution lies in governance and societal changes. For such reforms to take place locally, the right framework needs to be... Read more

30 December 2016 - 12:00pm

The transfer of good practices among cities in Europe has been an important driver of local climate action since the forerunner cities became active in climate policy in the early 1990s. Although lesson-drawing has taken... Read more

29 December 2016 - 3:15pm

The use of urban indicators and benchmarking exercises by local governments has proliferated in the last few years, mainly owing to the sustainability agenda. These kinds of indicators aim at measuring, tracking, assessing and comparing cities’ performance, with a view to guiding policy... Read more

22 December 2016 - 5:00pm

In the EU, cities are beginning to address their local carbon emissions through energy efficiency measures, improvements in waste management and investments in renewable energy. Yet, despite the measures, so far there has been little progress on how to reduce the individual footprint, which to a... Read more

20 December 2016 - 6:00pm

The Final Conference of the POCACITO project on “Post-carbon Cities of tomorrow – Building an urban long term vision together”, took place on 21 October 2016 at CEPS in Brussels. The main objective of the conference was to present the key outputs and findings... Read more

16 December 2016 - 4:45pm

A number of city-led initiatives have gained momentum in international cooperative action in 2016 ; for example, the Global Covenant of Mayors initiative, the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, and the Habitat III UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban... Read more

15 November 2016 - 3:45pm

Energy Cities

The second POCACITO study tour took place last October in Paris, Loos-en-Gohelle and Brussels. Participants were mainly urban practitioners coming from all over Europe, but also from China and the US, many of them representing the 8 POCACITO case... Read more

15 November 2016 - 12:00pm

How creating visions of a post-carbon urban future can help generate a positive image of the transformed city in which urban life quality, economic and social vibrancy improve for citizens, while carbon emissions decrease? Utilising urban policies to facilitate transition towards a post-carbon... Read more

21 October 2016 - 6:00am

A transition towards sustainability is needed - at all levels and in all sectors.

Check out the brand new POCACITO video on how to facilitate the transition of EU cities to a forecasted sustainable or “post‐carbon” economic model!Read more

30 September 2016 - 11:45am

Xiamen located in the South Fujian Province, Southern China, belongs to the first batch of low carbon pilot cities in China announced in 2010. It consists of 6 districts with a total population of 3.86 million. During June 2016 as part of the POCACITO project, stakeholder meetings, field trips,... Read more

10 August 2016 - 10:30am

On 27 June 2016, CEPS hosted the Second EU Stakeholders’ Meeting on the POCACITO 2050 Roadmap. The meeting, part of the consultative process with stakeholders for the 2050 Roadmap, was aimed at... Read more

22 July 2016 - 4:00pm

The working paper "Leading mid-sized EU cities in past-carbon transitions: towards a preliminary typology" based on POCACITO findings is now available on Research Gate (... Read more

21 July 2016 - 10:15am

With this 1st Pocacito Policy Brief, you will understand better the strong dynamic in China towards low-carbon urban development, by getting an overview of the country’s planned responses to its rapid urbanisation.

In addition to the low-carbon pilot projects in provinces... Read more

27 June 2016 - 4:15pm

Energy Cities

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy will combine efforts and leadership to accelerate climate action at the local level worldwide.

The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the... Read more

22 June 2016 - 11:15am

Energy Cities

Last April, the City of Malmö (Sweden) was announced by Director-General for DG MOVE, Mr. Henrik Hololei, as the winner of the 4th Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning Award.

The jury particulary appreciated how the city is committed in an integrated planning process that focuses on... Read more

11 May 2016 - 4:30pm

Energy Cities

Litoměřice is the first Czech city to provide its citizens with a smart solar bench. ‘CapaSitty’ was recently installed in the Václav Havel public park.

Sustainable energy is one of the main development priorities for this... Read more

18 April 2016 - 2:30pm

The European Environement Agency (EEA) holds an annual photography competition to engage the public on environmental issues. This year the competition revolves around cities as cultural and political hubs of environmental innovation and sustainability. As urbanization accelerates, Europe's... Read more

6 April 2016 - 4:45pm

Energy Cities

On 26 March 2016, the 2nd Urban Innovation Forum was held in Guangzhou Library. As a serial activity of Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation, this forum is carried out in the form of “one city one story” to share experience of field researches into cities shortlisted for the 2... Read more

16 March 2016 - 2:00pm

The captial city of Zagreb, Croatia and the town of Litomerice, Czech Republic have something in common when it comes to planning for the future—they have asked their citizens! As case studies in the POCACITO project, these two exemplary cities have tested the participative approach, involving... Read more