Powering ahead towards carbon-neutral Alps
Emit no more greenhouse gases than the environment is capable of absorbing – that’s the vision the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA) is advocating for sustainable climate protection. In its Annual Report it highlights ways in which the Alps could become carbon-neutral and how people might be motivated to achieve that objective.
The Report features a head administrator who wants to influence the climate and, in doing so, achieve energy savings of EUR 160 m for his home town of Bolzano. Then there are the young people who come up with ideas on how to mitigate climate change and how people could be motivated to do more for climate protection. There are also architects and developers who show other architects and developers how to build “feel-good houses” and protect the climate at the same time. In all these features CIPRA International’s 2011 Annual Report illustrates how such visions can become a reality through encounters and the exchange of knowledge and experience.
Learning across borders
Without CIPRA Alpstar would not exist. Together with twelve partner organisations, in July 2011 it initiated the EU project that emerged from the climate action plan of the Alpine Convention. One of the partners is the Alpine Town of the Year Association, whose executive office is run by CIPRA. And as a pilot region, the Alpine Town of the Year 2011, Idrija, is now setting milestones in local climate policy.
Addressing problems at several levels
Claire Simon, Deputy Director CIPRA International
Barbara Wülser, PR Manager CIPRA International
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