21st International Annual Conference of Climate Alliance in The Hague
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Better planning for bicycle traffic through user generated information
NAVIKI Workshop for local authorities
Naviki is a Bicycle Route Planner and Information Network available on the internet and as an app for smartphones. Cyclists can plan routes and record their own cycling activities. For municipalities it is interesting to know that Naviki also allows users to comment on what they have seen or experienced on their way. Naviki tracks these routes and comments and allows municipalities to integrate further tools to gather feedback. This offers new methods for the understanding of citizens’ cycling habits and needs. Information about potential strengths and weaknesses of the network as well as services along routes can be drawn from the web-based features. During the workshop these features will be shown together with a cooperative approach on how to use this information as a municipality.
The workshop is open for municipal representatives (Climate Alliance members and non-members). It is free of charge and will be held in English.
For more information please visit www.naviki.org/planning
WELCOME BUFFET by Rabin Baldewsingh
Deputy Mayor for Sustainability and Environmental Policies, Municipality of The Hague
Thursday, 16 May 2013
- Rabin Baldewsingh, Deputy Mayor for Sustainability and Environmental Policies, City of The Hague
- Joachim Lorenz, President of Climate Alliance, Permanent Councillor for Health and Environment, City of Munich
- Diego Escobar, Vice-President of Climate Alliance, Coordinator for Territory, Environment and Biodiversity, COICA
Minutes pdf 35 KB
TOGETHER IN TRANSITION
Views from Science, Marketing and Economy
Facilitation: Laurentien van Oranje, Founder of the Missing Chapter Foundation
The scientific perspective: Jan Rotmans, Drift
Jan Rotmans is one of the founding fathers of transition theory, which considers the science of how to bring about a sudden shift in society. What is needed to make a change on a large scale that everybody will get involved in? Rotmans will explain the concept of transition theory and how it would be possible to use transition thinking to achieve a carbon-neutral municipality.
Presentation pdf 200 KB
Further Information on Transition Management in Urban Context here
Filmlet about the MUSIC-project (Mitigation in Urban Context, Solutions for Innovative Cities) here
The economic perspective: Ruud Koornstra, Entrepreneur
The Dutch entrepreneur has made it his life goal to promote sustainability. He has been heard to say that "Our biggest fear is that of change". Innovation is needed to provide the options for a carbon-neutral future. According to Koornstra, this innovation will come from small businesses. "The era of big companies is really over. Now is the time of 'power to the people'."
The marketing perspective: Oliver Lawder, Futerra
Futerra is a London-based marketing agency specialising in communicating sustainability. They work for companies, NGOs and governmental organisations. Gillespie will share their lessons on how to get the people behind you, and outline the dos and don’ts of citizen involvement and communication.
Presentation pdf 1,8 MB
Minutes pdf 39 KB
Debate between Speakers and Local Political Leaders
- Silvia Hesse, City of Hannover
- Tom Balthazar, Alderman for Environment of the city of Ghent (BE)
- and all Conference participants
1: The Covenant of Mayors and its perspectives
The Covenant of Mayors is today referred to as THE mainstream European institutional initiative engaging local authorities for the EU’s energy and climate objectives. More than 4,300 signatories and a growing number of submitted SEAPs show the essential role played by the local level in the path towards sustainable energy. However, adequate support is needed to implement their ambitious plans and ensure lasting impacts on the ground level. One of the main challenges of the forthcoming period is consolidation of the initiative – in partnership and coordination with all levels of government. During the debate, local leaders will share their perspectives regarding the future of the Covenant of Mayors initiative, the challenges they face and needs for reaching their ambitions and ensuring financing.
With inputs from
- Joan Puigdollers i Fargas, Deputy President of Natural Spaces and Environment at Barcelona Provincial Council, Councillor of Environment at Barcelona City Council (ES)
- Arnoud Rodenburg, Mayor, Midden-Delfland (NL)
- Dr. Franz Bachmann, City Councillor, City of Judenburg (AT)
- Holger Matthäus, Senator for Environment, City of Rostock (DE)
- Jemal Ananidze, Mayor, City of Batumi (GE)
- Volodymyr Garazd, Mayor, City of Dolyna (UA)
- Mauro Di Dalmazio, Regional Minister, Region of Abruzzo (IT)
- Jan Panek, European Commission, DG Energy
Minutes pdf 50 KB
2: Resources for the transition – a global perspective
The necessary transformation for fossil-free development and renewable energies requires a huge amount of natural resources (biomass, water and different minerals). Hence many countries are increasing the exploitation of important natural resources. In many cases, this strategy is causing negative environmental and social impacts and conflicts, e.g. for our indigenous partners in the Amazon Basin. In our workshop, we will complement the thematic inputs with different perspectives on the subject with a view from 'outer space' and the presentation of an innovative instrument to resolve biomass and land use disputes.
With inputs from
- Birgit Engel and Dietmar Mirkes, ASTM, Luxembourg
- Guido Enthoven, Institute for Social Innovation / The Biomass Dispute Settlement Facility
pdf 140 KB
- Emil Benesch, Climate Alliance Austria pdf 1,98 MB
- Josien Tokoe, COICA (Coordination for human rights, policy and social issues) pdf 1,25 MB
- Thomas Rahne, Geoscopia
- Diego Ivan Escobar, COICA (Coordination of the Indigenous Organisations of the Amazon Basin) pdf 934 KB
Minutes pdf 42 KB
3: Innovative financing
Despite the difficult economic and financial context faced by local authorities amidst the current crisis, some successful financing schemes have emerged. Tested and implemented by your peers, these models – using different financing sources – should serve as inspirational examples! This session will provide an opportunity to discuss such financing mechanisms and their benefits and drawbacks.
Facilitation: Camille Gira, Mayor of Beckerich, Chair of Climate Alliance working group on financing
- Solutions for combining different financing sources - the German case
Daniel Willeke, German Service and Competence Centre for Local Climate Protection
pdf 1,5 MB
- Community based energy financing – why does it make sense?
Siward Zomer, RESCoop project / ODE Netherlands pdf 568 KB
- Running an Energy investment fund in the Dutch province of Overijssel
Dorine Putman, ASN Bank pdf 72 KB
- Financial instruments for energy saving refurbishment of social housing
Jan Dictus, GOJA consulting / CASH project pdf 546 KB
Minutes pdf 40 KB
4: You and your local transition
In this workshop, you will actively work on renewing your local climate policy. Using transition theory and systems innovation, the case of the small local municipality of Lochem (33,000 inhabitants) will be presented. Afterwards, you will start working on your very own local cases and the role you play in them. Once back in the office, the outcomes of this session can be immediately be used to work on the future of your local climate policy.
With the input from
- Thijs de la Court, City Councillor, City of Lochem
- Donald van de Akker, Oprit Duurzaamheid
- Douwe Jan Jouwstra, One Planet Architecture Institute
Donald van de Akker from Oprit Duurzaamheid, Douwe Jan Jouwstra from One Planet Architecture Institute, and Thijs de la Court, alderman of the city of Lochem, presented the concept of transition towns. To achieve a transition, a fundamental change to our entire system (structure, culture, method) as we know it is needed. The strategy of former times of decoupling the economy from ecology/sustainability is today being replaced by the coupling of these aspects. However, it must be borne in mind that such a transition is chaotic, radical and will take a long time.
By changing the ‘system’, local authorities will assume a new role: they must be facilitators and agents for change rather than policy makers. This implies that municipalities must strengthen civil society and support the processes arising as a consequence. Grass-roots initiatives should be encouraged to come up with solutions for present-day issues instead of the city/council itself. The simple participation of citizens should be replaced by bottom-based entrepreneurship and extensive cooperation between local authorities and the civil sector. However, local authorities must validate the quality of processes and help in the search for solutions to both consider and address all arguments (pros and cons!).
Minutes pdf 37 KB
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- General Assembly of KLIMAATVERBOND
Visit to Madurodam
Friday, 17 May 2013
Facilitation: Laurentien van Oranje, Founder of the Missing Chapter Foundation
Gain inspiration, learn and interact! Some 15 new and innovative actions to support local energy transition will be presented as elevator pitches. Choose the most appealing project and discuss it in detail at the round tables that follow.
Future of the energy system in Europe
Initiatives providing locally-produced green energy are increasing in number. A more decentralised energy management approach allows for optimisation of the use of local energy resources close to energy consumption, the creation of more jobs and a more certain energy supply. The new European energy and climate package, which is currently under development, will set the course for the future of the European energy system. What targets and measures for energy efficiency and for renewable energy will be set for 2030? And what role will local authorities play in this new policy framework? These questions will set the scene for the high-level debate on our energy future.
A high-level debate with
- Judith Merkies, Member of the European Parliament
- Rebecca Collyer, European Climate Foundation
- Gisela Nacken, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Environment, City of Aachen
- Thijs de la Court, Board Member, e-Decentraal
- Herman Exalto, Director of ENECO Heat & Cold
- Leo Freriks, City Account Manager, Siemens Nederlands
Judith Merkies, Member of the European Parliament, Rebecca Collyer, European Climate Foundation, Thijs de la Court, board member at e-Decentraal, Herman Exalto, director of ENECO Heat & Cold, Leo Freriks, city account manager at Siemens Nederlands, as well as Werner Neumann, head of the municipal energy agency of the city of Frankfurt am Main, discussed the future of the energy system in Europe. Facilitated by HRH Princess Laurentien van Oranje, founder of the Missing Chapter Foundation, it was stressed that the future will be nothing like the past, which is why different, ‘disruptive’ radical new thinking is needed. When it comes to changing the energy system, this will not happen in central institutions like the EU but in the cities themselves. The EU has a vision but isn’t efficient enough hence no real results can be seen yet. Local municipalities therefore shouldn’t wait for the national or international level but should instead start striving for sustainable and reliable energy themselves. When they do, this can and will have a positive impact on the levels above.
The discussants underlined that on the local level itself, a top-down approach isn’t working anymore. Learning with and from the citizens is crucial. As a big, unexploited resource, they must be considered in greater depth and supported by the local authorities in their own efforts to make the energy system sustainable. Energy efficiency is also decisive (for a future energy system). However, to avoid a rebound effect, awareness-raising of the potential consequences of consumption is a main issue that has to be addressed too.
Minutes pdf 40 KB
Generating safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly energy for heating our homes. In The Hague, this is possible. It is the first city in the Netherlands to use deep geothermal heat for the heating facilities in a residential area. This innovative energy system is helping to achieve a better environment by reducing CO2 emissions by 70% and saving natural gas. In addition, it also ensures that the houses’ residents live more comfortably.
So as to protect the surrounding countryside from flooding in the future, a new dyke has been built in Scheveningen. This dyke has been integrated into a new boulevard, combining coastal reinforcement with a complete makeover of the resort.
The Sand Motor
is an innovative method for coastal protection. The Sand Motor (also known as the Sand Engine) is a huge volume of sand that was deposited along the coast of Zuid-Holland at Ter Heijde in 2011. Wind, waves and currents will spread the sand naturally along the coast. This is called 'Building with Nature'.