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Davos on the road to Kyoto

Dec 14, 2006 / CIPRA Internationale Alpenschutzkommission
Davos, Switzerland's highest town, is working towards a more climate-friendly local policy.
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Together with the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), it has drawn up a study highlighting measures for reducing CO2 emissions by 15%, thereby achieving the objective of the Kyoto Protocol.
In 2005 the Davos community released more than 100,000 tonnes of climate-damaging CO2. Heat generation is the biggest source of CO2 in Davos and accounts for 75% of emissions. The highest savings potential can therefore be achieved through building insulation. The study also revealed that 70% of the total final energy consumption in Davos was covered by fossil fuels. The researchers recommended to the community that it focus on promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and the regional timber cycle, and to keep local inhabitants informed of the personal contributions they can make individually to climate protection.
Source: (de)