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1 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Local authorities and Climate Protection Dipl. phys. Gotelind Alber Director Climate Alliance - Klima-Bündnis - Alianza del Clima

2 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. The Climate Alliance... a partnership between European local authorities...

3 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V.... and indigenous rainforest peoples

4 ... to preserve the global climate

5 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. The Climate Alliance More than 1200 members cities, towns and counties in Europe representing 49.5 million citizens Provinces, federal states, and NGOs collaborate as associated members Voluntary commitments: Climate Alliance Manifesto (1990) and Climate Alliance Declaration (2000)

6 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Climate Alliance activities Exchange of experience Showcase best practice, advice members Systematic approach to local climate protection Campaigns and joint actions Facilitate cooperation of European cities with indigenous peoples in the South Represent the interests of local authorities committed to climate protection at EU and international levels

7 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Local authorities... can influence most sectors can apply a vast variety of policy instruments have special responsibilities and opportunities to tap GHG reduction potentials, e. g. spatial planning for a compact city local infrastructure and public services collaboration with housing companies and investors (energy efficient buildings, cogeneration and use of waste heat for district heating)

8 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Excellence in local climate protection Climate Star: the first European awarding scheme for local climate protection activities Criteria: costs / benefits, innovation, comprehensive approach 20 awarded cities and towns in 2002 Perspective: Quality standard for local climate protection

9 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Case study: Hannover Climate programme since 10 years Climate Star project: Kronsberg settlement 45% less CO2 emissions through high quality low- energy buildings, CHP, renewables Integrated approach incl. water, soil, green space, waste Outreach, communi- cation and training agency

10 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Climate policy started 12 years ago Innovative scheme for collaboration with business Comprehensive partcipatory energy plan Climate Star project: Out of the frying pan, into the petrol tank Case study: Graz

11 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Case study: Delft Second Climate Plan adopted, based on national Klimaatconvenant Work with investors for mutual benefit, GHG reduction and cost savings Energy agency, energy fund Very detailed, comprehensive, executable plan, including responsibilities and monitoring

12 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Systematic approach to local climate policy The Climate Alliance methodology: 10 Steps to integrate climate protection into municipal policy Climate Alliance Catalogue comprises more than 100 recommended measures in the relevant fields of activity Climate Alliance monitoring system

13 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Barriers Political commitment to voluntary task Information and expertise Financial limitations, lack of staff and budget for investment, other priorities Lack of powers, legal restrictions Deregulation and privatization

14 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Recommendations to governments acknowledge local authorities‘ (LAs) role in climate protection and work for better coherence of policies of the various spheres support training and capacity building for LAs and encourage them to enter commitments, draw up and implement local action plans remove legal and financial barriers towards local action take advantage of the diversity of local approaches involve local and regional sphere in certain actions, e.g. Art. 6 activities, implementation of energy and transport policy

15 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Recommendations: Reporting Assessment of national communications as to whether local and regional action is taken into account Survey on powers of local authorities, commitment to climate change policy, local action and results Recommend Parties to include involvement and contributions of local authorities into national communications

16 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Recommendations: Monitoring Methodology for the monitoring of progress on the local level, including qualitative aspects (policies and measures) measurable results (GHG inventories, sustainability indicators) coherence with national monitoring, if possible

17 CLIMATE ALLIANCE KLIMA-BÜNDNIS ALIANZA DEL CLIMA e.V. Recommendations: Involvement of LAs Investigate options for Parties to support local climate policy Disseminate good practice (of LAs, and of national support for local action) Study approaches for, and scope of, multi-level arrangements on climate change policy, including regional level


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