CIVITAS is a network of cities for cities dedicated to cleaner, better transport in Europe and beyond, with CIVITAS 2020 the most recent phase of the initiative. The network offers opportunities to see innovative transport solutions being developed and deployed first-hand, and learn from peers and experts working in the field.
Indeed, CIVITAS stands for City VITAlity and Sustainability. Since its launch in 2002, over 800 innovative urban transport measures and solutions in over 80 Living Lab cities across Europe have been tested and implemented in the initiative .
COGEN Europe, the European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration
COGEN Europe promotes the widespread development of cogeneration — the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy — in Europe and worldwide. To achieve this goal, COGEN Europe works at the EU level and with Member States to develop sustainable energy policies and succeed in the implementation of cogeneration.
Despite its name, the COGEN Europe network has a worldwide reach. It covers the whole of the European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and also includes Japan, Australia and the United States.
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy was launched in 2008 with the support of the European Commission. Today it includes more than 7 000 local and regional authorities across 57 countries, committed to implementing EU climate and energy policies.
Each signatory city’s action is based on a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP), which it draws up. However, SECAPs have common goals. They all aim to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40 % by 2030, reinforce adaptation and resilience to climate change and improve access to secure, sustainable and affordable energy.
European Development Days
Organised by the European Commission, European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences. They aim to inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing development challenges.
EDD 2017 will promote a new global strategy to address these challenges, bringing together development actors committed to tackling poverty worldwide. The event has a particular emphasis on engaging the private sector as a partner in economic development — its role in international development policies will be discussed and spotlighted throughout the forum.
European Builders Confederation
Established in 1990, the European Builders Confederation (EBC) is a European professional organisation representing national associations of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises working in the construction sector.
The construction sector is of vital importance to the European economy. With 3 million enterprises and a total direct workforce of 18 million, the construction sector contributes around 9 % of the GDP of the European Union. Furthermore, it is vital for local economies as 99.9 % of the sector in Europe is composed of small and medium-sized companies, which produce 80 % of its output.
European Local Transport Information Service (ELTIS)
The European Local Transport Information Service (ELTIS) is a portal for information, good practices, tools and news on sustainable urban mobility across Europe. It is aimed at individuals working in transport, as well as in related disciplines, who want to develop sustainable mobility in Europe’s cities.
Created more than ten years ago, ELTIS is now Europe’s main observatory on urban mobility. It is financed by the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport and includes information on how to develop and implement Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, for more sustainable and integrated mobility planning in Europe.
EUROCITIES - The network of major European cities
EUROCITIES is a network of major European cities, with over 135 members and representing more than 130 million people.
The network facilitates learning experiences between cities, and represents cities’ interests towards the European Union. It works in all areas of interest for cities, from culture to mobility, environment to social affairs, and economic development to smart cities.
EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is an annual campaign that encourages people to choose more sustainable transport and supports progress towards a more sustainable transport strategy for Europe.
It provides an opportunity to present sustainable mobility alternatives to local residents and to explain the transport challenges that towns and cities are facing. In addition to its local impact, its awareness-raising efforts were recognised in 2016 when it won the ‘Better World’ category of the .eu Web Awards.
EU Green Week
EU Green Week is an annual opportunity to debate and discuss European environmental policy. Organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment, this key event in the environment policy calendar attracts policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe.
EU Green Week 2017 will take place from 29 May to 2 June with the theme 'Green jobs for a greener future'. It will focus on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially responsible growth in the EU. It will also highlight the demand for new types of green skills in many professional sectors.
In addition to a high level conference in Brussels, the programme will also feature a series of partner events and actions taking place across Europe. As well as being invited to take part in person, stakeholders and the general public are encouraged to become 'virtually' involved by participating in a wide range of on-line and social media activities.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, to achieve sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
It promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy. IRENA serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, and is a centre of excellence and repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
Orgalime is the European Engineering Industries Association. It speaks for 40 trade federations representing the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking and metal articles industries of 24 European countries. These industries employ some 10.9 million people in the EU and in 2015 accounted for more than EUR 1 900 billion of annual output — over a quarter of the manufacturing output and a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union.
It is these industries that provide the technologies for a future sustainable energy system. Through more environmentally friendly designs, they are also contributing to energy savings and energy efficiency among consumers, and promoting their own economic interest by reducing their energy consumption.
Revolve Media is a communication agency fostering cultures of sustainability and accelerating the energy transition. It does so through its quarterly magazine, curated exhibitions and sustainability forums. This year sees the fifth edition of its exhibition, Visualizing Energy, which will take place in Brussels during EU Sustainable Energy Week.
More generally, Revolve offers graphic design, data visualization, content development, visual identity branding, social media engagement and digital content marketing, plus media relations to maximize project outreach and impact reporting.
Sparknews is an international social impact amplifier, focusing on social and environmental innovation.
At the crossroads between social innovation, leading media and the corporate world, it has three missions:
- to source social and environmental innovations from all over the world;
- to share them with leading media in more than 50 countries, which it does via its Impact Journalism Day and Solutions&Co;
- to create connections between project leaders and the corporate world to develop mutually beneficial business models via its Positive Innovation Club.