In the face of climate change challenges that have been responded to by the European Commission, the need to reduce GHG emissions and change policies is undeniable. The impact of climate change has already been recognised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its last Assessment Report. The EU energy policy sets strict goals for the reduction of GHG emissions by 20%, reduction of energy use by 20% and achievement of 20% RES use in energy supply by 2020. This is at the European level of administration, but the challenge is to diseminate this plan to local levels of administration so that the goal is attained. This is how the ‘LAKS’ project was born – they became acutely conscious that they cannot relax with regards to the energy obligations that EU has put upon them – we all are accountable for climate change.
Thus four active local municipalities: Reggio Emilia (Italy), Padova (Italy), Girona (Spain) and Bydgoszcz (Poland) with the technical assistance of ARPA (Italy) decided to create a project to help meet EU requirements. The specific objectives of the project are:
Within the project the following actions have been taken:
The other part was devoted to the details of GHG emission inventory: GHG emission inventory, the analysis of municipal and community GHG emissions, dated 2005 till 2009, was conducted; Economic Impact Report, the report highlighted GHG reduction actions that would be most adequate for the municipality to take according to economic, environmental and social criteria; Mitigation and Adaptation Plan, on the basis of the previous documents and research, a plan has been created with all the actions assigned to given sectors in order to achieve the 20% reduction of GHG emission; Programme of Integration, a programme to integrate the actions into existing municipal tools; Climate Balance, the creation of a local environmental accounting and reporting tool.
All the actions have been taken by project cities simultaneously in line with the same methodology developed in the project. The only difference in implementation was the starting point for the cities, e.g. Italian and Spanish partners were already familiar with the ecological administration system whereas the Polish partner was a pure novice.
|Award category:||going green|
|Sector:||Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery|
|Type of activity:|
|Keywords:||Climate change, raising awareness, local accountability|
|Short English description:||In the face of climate change challenges that have been responded to by the European Commission, the need to reduce GHG emissions and change policies is undeniable.|
|Organisation:||City Hall of Bydgoszcz|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||6-10|
|EU membership:||EU member|