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Local accountability for kyoto goals

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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:

  • to raise awareness at the political, municipal and community levels;
  • to raise transparency of municipal actions with the involvement of stakeholder dialogues;
  • to fulfill EU obligations by developing tools, enacting plans to mitigate global climate change, and spreading knowledge and best practices within the EU territory.

Within the project the following actions have been taken:

  • International review of tools, methods and best practices of environmental management.
  • 3 audits/3 road maps, performed by ARPA and INDICA whose aim was to monitor the internal structures and local policies of municipalities.
  • Twinning visits, it was decided in the project that only cross-border cooperation makes sense.
  • Training sessions, the project foresaw a series of trainings for different stakeholders: city councilors, municipal officers, representatives of municipal units and companies, students, professors, private sector.

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 info
Award category: going green
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
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.
Further information
Organisation: City Hall of Bydgoszcz
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.czystabydgoszcz.pl
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 6-10
Country: Poland
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
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