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Cities and regions: Leaders in addressing climate change

Thu 10, October 2019
11:30 - 13:00

How did the European regions and cities become leaders in addressing climate change? This workshop will illustrate how cities and regions are at the forefront of addressing climate change. They are in a unique position to engage citizens and local stakeholders because they can design locally tailored responses to climate change. In this session will different cities present examples of excellent policy initiatives and projects, which can be an inspiration for all the European countries. This will also be illustrated by recent projects from INTERREG programme and EEA and Norway Grants.

Program:

11.30  Welcome/Opening by moderator Marianne Alfsen, City of Oslo

  • Pekka Sundman, Director of the City Development Group, City of Turku, ”The Six City Strategy”
  • Tuomas Vanhanen, Project Manager City of Tampere, ”Energy Wise Cities”
  • Lucia Mišíková, Project manager and Oliver Supuka, Student (Primary and Secondary School of Maximilián Hell), Project ”Blue School Rainwater Garden for our future”, Slovakia, EEA&Norway Grants
  • Marina Filipović, Junior research engineer, project "safEarth" from the INTERREG IPA CBC Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro programme

 Panel Discussion
Q&A + Conclusion

13.00 Networking Session

Organisers: 
DG REGIO, Oslo Region European Office, EEA and Norway Grants, Mission of Norway to the EU, 6Aika / the Six City Strategy and the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Tampere, and Oulu.

 

Marianne Alfsen, Head of Communications, Oslo European Green Capital 2019 Secretariat, City of Oslo, Norway.
Marianne Alfsen, Head of Communications, Oslo European Green Capital 2019 Secretariat, City of Oslo, Norway.
Marina Filipović, Junior research engineer, Hrvatski geološki institut (Croatian geological survey), Croatia.
Lucia Mišíková, Project manager, teacher, Primary and Seconadry School of Maximilian Hell, Stiavnicke Bane 128, 969 81 Stiavnicke Bane, Slovakia.
Pekka Sundman, Director of the City Development Group, City of Turku, Finland.
Oliver Supuka, student, Primary and Seconadry School of Maximilian Hell, Slovakia.
Oliver Supuka, Student, Primary and Seconadry School of Maximilian Hell, Slovakia.
Tuomas Vanhanen, Project Manager, Energy Wise Cities project City of Tampere, Smart Tampere – Ecosystem Program, Finland.
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Workshop
A greener Europe
6Aika / Six City Strategy , City of Oulu, City of Tampere, City of Turku, Espoo, European Commission - DG REGIO, Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants, Mission of Norway to the EU, Oslo Region, The cities of Helsinki, Vantaa
english (en)
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room 313+315.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

Session summary

How can regions and cities become leaders in addressing climate change? Our workshop “Cities and regions: Leaders in addressing climate change” illustrated how regional and city governments are increasingly initiating action on climate change and presented examples which can be an inspiration for other cities.

There has been a rapid growth in the development of climate policies by local and regional government throughout Europe. City authorities are in a unique position to engage citizens and local stakeholders because they can design locally tailored responses to climate change.

A good example is the City of Oslo, this year's European Green Capital. Tackling climate change is a high priority for Oslo. The city was the first to introduce a “Climate Budget”, a governing tool consisting of 42 separate measures across three sectors: energy and the built environment, transport and resources. Carbon Dioxide emissions are now being counted in the same way as a financial budget would account for funding and is one of the main initiatives the city has to cut their emissions.

The Six City Strategy, also known as 6Aika, presented their work on the issue. Large Finnish cities have very ambitious carbon neutrality goals. Turku has set the target for the year 2029. Mr Sundman from Turku emphasised the importance of co-creation between different sectors and harnessing projects to wider city development goals. Mr Vanhanen from Tampere presented the project “Energy Wise Cities”. He underlined the significance of real collaboration between the cities in achieving the objectives of the national energy efficiency agreement.

How can relatively small projects make a difference and sometimes make a greater impact? The workshop also presented best practice projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants and the Interreg programme.

The school Maximiliána Hella in Štiavnické Bane, Slovakia, was about to close 11 years ago. The Blue School project, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants, helped transform the school into a unique place where children now teach 12 000 visitors per year about rainwater usage, environment and climate change.

And finally, the importance of international cooperation, joining forces, exchanging expertise and good practices was illustrated by the SafEarth project, funded by the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation programme involving regions from Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. Led by the Croatian Geological Survey, SafEarth developed an online landslide susceptibility mapping (LSM) system that allows any potential or occurring disasters to be mapped in real time. It contributes to awarness raising, better spatial planning and prevention of landslides in a very fragile region.

Take away message

How can regions and cities become leaders in addressing climate change? Our workshop illustrated how regional and city governments are increasingly initiating action on climate change and presented examples which can be an inspiration for other cities.

There has been a rapid growth in the development of climate policies by local and regional government throughout Europe. City authorities are in a unique position to engage citizens and local stakeholders because they can design locally tailored responses to climate change.

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"The most important thing is to make people feel they are a part of nature. The change has to come from inside. It is necessary to lead people to be environmentally friendly. Then they will become the warriors for their environment."

"If you want to change the world just start with yourself. Because people learn by watching. Actions speak louder than words."

“We talk about cities and regions, but change starts with people”.

 

 

"6Aika Energy Wise Cities project is a well-functioning example of how cities can work together to accelerate carbon emission reductions. The projects helps cities and companies to co-develop and try out new products and services".

“Every walk starts with small steps and we believe that if we change ourselves and our children, they will change many other people and globally, the world will change”.

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