ICLEI World Congress 2022, Malmö, Sweden

At LGIU, we recognise that while places are unique, so many of the challenges faced by local governments are shared with their colleagues across countries and across continents. These challenges are recognisably global, but often the most innovative and adaptable solutions are created locally:

  • Creating resilient and equitable communities that are sympathetic to the natural world; 
  • raising up neighbourhoods so that they are economically active and healthy places to live and work; 
  • providing sustainable and inclusive transport; 
  • ensuring fair and sustainable funding for local government and encouraging innovation.

This bundle compiles examples of content along each theme of the ICLEI World Congress 2022 Summit in Malmö, Sweden. We’ll be blogging and providing coverage live from Malmö on our Twitter and website, and be sure to sign up for our post-conference event on Thursday 19 May, Follow-up workshop: the road to net zero.

We’ve also produced a special edition of our Global Local newsletter for Tuesday 17 May rounding up all of our coverage, best practice stories and related content in one place you can view the newsletter here, or click here to find out more about Global Local and sign up.

The Malmö Summit – reporting from the ICLEI World Congress


Event: The road to net zero – 19 May

Following LGIU’s participation in the Malmö Summit, this event brings together political and local government experts to discuss reaching net zero and the role of councils, identify common action points, and and learn about some of the best examples globally (10am BST). Click here to register or find out more.

The Malmö Summit: A short personal reflection

In this blog, Ingrid Koehler reflects on her experience at the Malmö Summit, exploring the key role of local governments globally in sustainability action and the challenges they have to overcome to develop innovative policies. Click here to read this blog.

Social inclusion in climate resilience planning

This article highlights perspectives on integrating gender and social inclusion into climate resilience planning in India, Bangladesh, and Ecuador, based on a virtual event at the ICLEI World Congress 2022. Click here to read this article.

Hawaii’s biodiesel production supports circular economy model

Kelly Takaya King, Maui County councilmember and co-founder of Pacific Biodiesel, spoke at the ICLEI Malmö Summit on some of the ambitious local climate action planning happening in Hawaii. In this blog for LGIU, she reflects on her experience at COP26 and explores the role of biofuels in supporting a circular economy. Click here to read this article.

What’s the real bottom line? sustainability in housing profitability

Hello from Malmo! We’re hearing inspiring stories at the ICLEI conference like how a housing association is using a environmental and social programmes to improve the financial bottom line. Click here to read this blog.

Towards a climate neutral future


Report: Exploring Economic and Enterprise Opportunities from Climate Action

This report utilises international case study work to explore the economic opportunities of climate action at a local level across the global stage, drawing out practical lessons for local mitigation and adaptation efforts. Click here for a summary or to read the report.

Hydrogen as a clean energy carrier: introduction and opportunities for local authority climate action

This briefing discusses hydrogen as a clean energy carrier and associated technologies. Particular attention is given to the contexts within which adoption of hydrogen may support local decarbonisation ambitions, including case study examples. Click here to read this briefing.

Beyond efficiency in net zero housing: how councils can reduce embodied carbon

With the construction industry representing 38% of global emissions, change for the sector is a huge priority – and one local government will have a hand in achieving. Improving energy efficiency in homes is of great importance, but continuing to neglect the embodied carbon in their construction would be short-sighted. Click here to read this briefing.

Resilient and healthy communities in harmony with nature


Beating the heat in Miami-Dade County: a coordinated approach

As the climate crisis worsens, extreme heat events are becoming increasingly common across the world. Miami-Dade County, USA, is one place leading the way in addressing the issue. In this article, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava discusses the work she is leading to understand and adapt to extreme heat in a coordinated and equitable manner. Read this article here.

Urban wetlands for liveability, biodiversity and fighting climate change

This briefing looks at how the provision of green infrastructure, including urban waterways and wetlands, can both stimulate local economies through ‘building back greener’ at the same time as helping to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss. Click here to read this briefing.

Global Local Executive Panel – July 2022: Biodiversity Planning and Green Spaces

On Thursday 28 July 2022 join LGIU, the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and a panel of council Chief Executives from across the globe as we discuss planning for biodiversity and creating green spaces in urban areas. Click here to register your interest.

Equitable and inclusive communities


Shaping a just and fair transition: International perspectives think local

The projects, programmes, networks and initiatives discussed in this briefing highlight the vital roles for subnational institutions and actors – particularly local governments, who have both a leadership and delivery role in driving forward climate action. Click here to read this briefing.

Climate commons: putting communities at the heart of the transition to net zero

With the impacts of climate change worsening with every passing year, this briefing draws on two recent reports which explore the challenges facing communities as well as opportunities of building a local climate commons in the transition to net-zero. Click here to read this briefing.

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy: benefits for climate change and inequality

The economic future of regional Australia is closely tied to how it plans for and mitigates climate change, but could the transition to a low-carbon economy actually be a golden economic opportunity for regional communities? This briefing explores some of the opportunities. Click here to read this briefing.

Sustainable finance and Innovation


Economic opportunities from climate action conference: local authorities supporting enterprise in Ireland

A recent virtual conference aimed to share best practice and research undertaken by Irish local government on the subject of enabling economic opportunities through climate action. For coverage, research and examples showcased by the event, click here for a summary of the conference.

Supporting Social Impact Investing in Australia

Social Impact Investing is a model where investments are made with the aim of creating measurable social outcomes, in addition to a financial return. This briefing will be of interest to anyone concerned with supporting communities in areas experiencing social and economic disadvantage. Click here to read this briefing.

Case study: Green municipal bonds in Massachusetts, USA

Municipal bonds are a financing tool well suited to address infrastructure investment gaps for local government. The US remains an experienced frontrunner in the issuance of a specific type – green muni bonds – essentially identical except for being labelled as green by their issuer, and earmarked for green investments. Click here to read this case study.

Public procurement


Put your money where your mouth is: Investing in sustainable regional food systems and communities through public procurement

This blog reflects on a recent event organised by Food for Life Scotland (FFLS) and Sustainable Food Places (SFP). The event brought together a broad range of organisations working on public food procurement in Scotland. Click here to read this article.

The Circularity Gap: An opportunity for local government leadership and practical change

This briefing explores how local governments can include reporting on the circularity gap as part of their wider annual reporting processes, measuring their role in transitioning to a circular economy alongside other key local government metrics. Click here to read this briefing.

Community wealth building meets the community economy: building cooperative approaches

This briefing builds on previous work on community sector and public sector collaboration for local sustainable development and economic recovery. It highlights the potential for ‘scaling-up’ of public sector and community sector collaborations.Click here to read this briefing.

Circular development


​​Organics as a resource: removing household waste from the waste stream

This briefing looks at household organic waste management: the size of the problem, how local governments are working to divert organic waste from landfill, and the supporting infrastructure and services required to make smarter use of organic waste. Click here to read this briefing.

Supply chains, land use planning and the circular economy

This briefing, part of a series looking at the concept of a circular economy, explores the importance of understanding supply chains in order to effectively integrate circular economy goals with land use planning and economic development.  Click here to read this briefing.

Doughnut Economics: a lifebelt for the planet?

This briefing examines the concept of ‘Doughnut Economics’ as an increasingly popular model around which to structure change at a local level. For local government, this model offers a guide to policy making that re-centres value by setting out the social and ecological parameters for decision-making while fostering collaboration and inter-departmental working. Read this briefing here.

Sustainable mobility


An active outdoor life: how do the Nordic nations maintain their outdoor lifestyle all year?

Based on personal reflections from the author’s time in four Nordic cities, this short briefing takes a ‘street level’ view and provides practical examples of ways cities have been designed for various aspects of everyday mobility to help society retain a year-round outdoor culture. Click here to read this briefing.

Cyclepaths to Recovery: Fast-tracking active travel and public realm investments

This briefing looks at the benefits and challenges around fast-tracking active travel and public realm investments in response to government investment and provides examples of some local councils’ responses, particularly into major city centres. Click here to read this briefing.

Electric vehicle charging: Implications for local government planning

This briefing explores electric vehicle charging and explores the issues that an EV fleet transition will raise for councils, including location selection criteria for charging stations, charging station design, tariff choice and integration of EVs into council electricity infrastructure. Click here to read this briefing.