Put it on the climate card.
Venice - the city on water - is fighting for sustainability and climate protection with a comprehensive energy plan.
Venice City Council passed a new energy strategy in October 2003 with the aim of creating a tool to reduce greenhouse emissions and promote a more responsible approach to the use of energy. The paper was a joint effort by authorities, industrial representatives, service providers and citizens and introduced so-called Action Cards as an integral part of the strategy. Activities that are either already running or being planned are recorded on these cards and are regularly assessed with regard to their actual sustainability and their relevance to the city's climate protection goals. The city administration and important energy providers and clients signed a number of statements of intent to ensure that the strategy could be implemented. Special bodies were also established to make sure that the parties comply with these declarations of intent. Venice views every change as a dynamic process and believes that the most effective way of ensuring that the projects are realised in the best possible manner is regular assessment.
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