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© Michel Revaz

For tomorrow’s climate

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century – especially for the Alps. In that habitat, the temperature has risen almost twice as fast as the global average over the last 150 years. The energy sector has one of the greatest potentials for reducing carbon emissions.

CIPRA is working to ensure that all countries of the Alps take the measures needed to reduce the pace of climate change and mitigate its effects through adaptation strategies. In this context, a holistic and sustainable approach is essential. All measures – in particular those in the field of energy – should be assessed for their environmental impact.

  •  Climate-neutral Alps

Limiting greenhouse gas emissions to match the capacity of the forests and intact peat bogs in the Alps to bind them – that is one of CIPRA’s visions. The vision can become reality through a combination of measures including a reduction in the number of journeys made by car and energy efficiency increases in various sectors, as the Alpstar project shows.

  •  Climate change mitigation

The goal of all mitigation strategies is to limit the consequences of climate change – such as heavy rain and severe drought – for human beings, the environment and the economy. The C3-Alps project offers support for decision-makers in this process and closes the gap between theoretical knowledge and its practical application.

Climate change also offers certain opportunities if they are handled wisely. With the help of the Climate Toolbox with its various tools for climate change mitigation, the opportunities and risks are being elaborated in collaboration with the inhabitants of the Surselva region in Switzerland.

  •  Climate change and energy

The ideal house is warm in winter and cool in summer and produces more energy than it consumes. To come closer to this vision, the Constructive Alps competition has been established to encourage architects and property developers to focus on sustainable methods of construction and renovation.

In most cases, the technical answers for improvements in energy efficiency are already available, but there are often deficits in terms of practical application and strategy. In the framework of the MountEE project for sustainable public construction and renovation, holistic strategies are have been developed and implemented in collaboration with mountain regions in Sweden, the Pyrenees and the Alps.

Climate change mitigation measures are of necessity related to the question of the energy transition. How the conflicting claims of nature protection, agriculture and hydropower can be resolved at an Alps-wide level is the subject of the Alpine Dialogue initiated by CIPRA.

The use of regional construction materials such as natural stone or wood spares the environment, saves money and supports the regional economy. This subject is addressed in the framework of the climalp information campaign, with its various study visits and background reports.

  •  CIPRA compacts

The 10 compacts published to date take a critical look at climate change mitigation measures in the Alps. The authors describe today’s climate protection and climate change adaptation activities and analyse their impacts on the environment, the economy and society. Good-practice examples are presented to provide orientation and encourage imitation.



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Climate change: why the Alps are particularly affected

Temperatures in the Alps have risen by just under 2°C over the past 120 years, almost twice as much as the global average. And they are set to rise even more. Researchers are predicting a further 2°C increase over the next forty years. At first glance that might not appear particularly dramatic. But all it takes is a change of a few degrees to significantly affect the climate. More...

How to adapt to climate change?

Changing climate conditions have a significant impact on different sectors. See what you can do together with your local/regional administration and experts to adapt to climate change with the C3-Alps Factsheets.