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3.1. Processes to tackle climate change

Aim: The session introduces local or regional processes which contribute to climate change mitigation. The processes include, for example, public–private partnerships and other governance models, local initiatives/projects and campaigns.

Facilitator: Ola Göransson, Deputy Director, Climate Division, Swedish Ministry for Environment
Rapporteur: Juha A Karhu, Research scientist, Finnish Meteorological Institute

Time is running out! Efficient response to climate change through an integrated management system (IMS)

The application of an integrated management system is in line with the EU sustainability, climate change and urban development policies. It supports the cities and regions to work systematically towards sustainable urban lifestyle. Clear management framework, designed especially for democratic decision making organisations, will lead your city to take a more systematic and well structured approach to sustainability and climate change which are both complex and utmost important issues by their nature.
Pekka Salminen, Project Manager, Union of the Baltic Cities Commission on Environment

Carbon neutral municipalities

Five Finnish municipalities – Mynämäki, Uusikaupunki, Kuhmoinen, Padasjoki and Parikkala – will reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions both extensively and rapidly. The project creates new tools and feasible procedures to curb GHG emissions and promotes climate-friendly technologies.
Kaarina Toivonen, Researcher, Finnish Environment Institute

Local Carbon Cutting Programmes

How can local greenhouse gas emissions be reduced? This study, launched by The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), proposes a system where national authorities can buy emission reductions from local and regional authorities (municipalities and counties).
Kjetil Bjørklund, Specialist Manager, Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, Norway

Climate change in real life - Is there any benefit in sharing our best practices?

Municipalities are key organisations in the climate change equation. Although it is clear that many municipalities in the Nordic countries are taking significant steps towards climate leadership, it is also clear that not much effort has been put into what has been done. This means that many municipalities are starting from scratch instead of being able to learn from each other’s good practices. With the Nordic project NOBILITI one of the primary goals is to find good examples of climate change activities at the municipality level with focus on mitigation as well as adaptation, and spread the good news.
Maria Mikkelsen, Senior consultant, Grontmij Carl Bro A/S, Denmark

How to come from climate-plan to actions in 1:1

The municipality of Odense has two ambitious plans concerning environment and climate. These plans have obtained a high political acceptance. The challenge is to get things done in real life.The presentation will showcase examples of what has been done: Thermography-project for several households, partnership between private companies, education and the municipality, energy education for craftsmen, actions focused on appartments, development of the environmental control with private companies.
Charlotte Moosdorf, Head of Department of Industrial Environment, Odense, Denmark

Panel discussion

Summary of from parallel session 3.1 Processes to tackle climate change

Presentations:

Pekka Salminen: Time is running out! Efficient response to climate change through an integrated management system (IMS)

The presentation was devoted to the application of an integrated management system in line with the EU sustainability, climate change and urban development policies that supports the cities and regions to work systematically towards sustainable urban lifestyle.

Kaarina Toivonen: Carbon neutral municipalities

The presentation shared the experience of reduction their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions both extensively and rapidly by five Finnish municipalities – Mynämäki, Uusikaupunki, Kuhmoinen, Padasjoki and Parikkala. The project created new tools and feasible procedures to curb GHG emissions and promotes climate-friendly technologies.

Kjetil Bjørklund: Local Carbon Cutting Programmes

The presentation focused on the study launched by The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS), proposing a system where national authorities can buy emission reductions from local and regional authorities (municipalities and counties).

Maria Mikkelsen: Climate change in real life - Is there any benefit in sharing our best practices?

The presentation informed about the Nordic project NOBILITI where one of the primary goals was to find good examples of climate change activities at the municipality level with focus on mitigation as well as adaptation, and spread the good news.

Charlotte Moosdorf: How to come from climate-plan to actions in 1:1

The presentation showcased examples of what has been done in the municipality of Odense concerning environment and climate: Thermography-project for several households, partnership between private companies, education and the municipality, energy education for craftsmen, actions focused on apartments, development of the environmental control with private companies.