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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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Google EIE Action Fund

ICLEI Action Fund
What we are doing

The ICLEI Action Fund is a granting scheme conducted by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability with support from Google.org to foster data-driven environmental and climate action at the local level. The Fund foster activities that use climate data and contribute to cities’ just transition and climate plan with the aim to help cities reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change. Launched in May 2020 in Europe, the programme has granted 2,5 million EUR to six non-profit and academic organisations to implement projects aimed at reducing existing and avoiding new emissions of greenhouse gases. After a thorough round of evaluation, a team of sustainability experts selected for funding projects in Copenhagen (Denmark), Berlin and Hamburg (Germany), Birmingham and Oldham (UK), and Nantes (France) implementing action in sustainable mobility, energy-efficiency, air quality, and solar potential. The funded projects have used data to analyse and develop better ways to reduce air pollution, improve citizens’ lifestyle and health, evaluate buildings solar potential and energy-efficiency options, assess sustainable mobility measures implemented in the cities, study specific areas to create urban testbeds and more. With the results and impacts of each project, local governments have additional base and data to implement action towards emissions reduction and against climate change. Through the Action Fund, some of the selected local governments are participating in meetings, workshops and other events, hearing directly from the community what are their main needs; in other cities, the local administrations have engaged more closely with the project (Nantes, France) supporting the collection and analysis of the data, for example.

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How we are tracking

Number of cities engaged Number of organisations involved Greenhouse gases emissions reduction Air pollutants reduction Number of citizens involved

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What we are achieving

ICLEI Europe provides technical assistance for the projects to be implemented successfully and assess the impacts of the projects in the cities. The first edition of the Action Fund 1 was launched in May 2020 in Europe, and it has granted 2,5 million EUR to six non-profit and academic organisations to implement projects aimed at reducing existing and avoiding new emissions of greenhouse gases. There are six projects in Action Fund 1: Thrive Zone Amager (Copenhagen, Denmark), AIREAL (Nantes, France), Pop-Up Republic (Berlin, Germany), ANN Radar (Hamburg, Germany), 3D - Data to help Decarbonise in a Decade (Birmingham, UK), and Oldham Energy Futures (Greater Manchester, UK). Projects funded under the Action Fund use a combination of private and open source data from sources such as the Google Environment Insights Explorer (EIE), to implement environmental action at the local level. The Project Thrive Zone Amager (Copenhagen, Denmark) has been finalized and the others will end in 2022. More info: https://iclei-europe.org/funding-opportunities/action-fund/ In 2022, ICLEI Europe has launched a new phase for the ICLEI Action Fund 2 with a 7 million EUR fund for posals that contribute to cities’ just transition and climate goals. Projects will be selected in 2022 and implementation will start in 2023 in Barcelona (Spain), Berlin (Germany), Glasgow (United Kingdom), Helsinki (Finland), Malmö (Sweden), Rome (Italy), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and Stockholm (Sweden).

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Low emission development
Related SDGs

Air Pays de La Loire, Carbon Co-op, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Environmental Action Germany, HafenCity University Hamburg, Miljøpunkt Amager,

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