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Accelerating transition: How cities and regions make a difference

Accelerating transition: How cities and regions make a difference

How far could we go simply by scaling up already proven climate solutions? The event draws on key insights from the Nordic Green to Scale for Cities and Communities analysis and different H2020 projects.

Cities are key players in tackling the global climate crisis. For achieving carbon neutrality, close cooperation across all levels of government and civil society is essential. After all, the success of the transition depends on the ability to scale-up low-carbon solutions, involving sub-national authorities to manage this change.

But what are the most effective and cost-efficient solutions for emissions reductions in cities? How far could we go simply by scaling up already proven climate solutions? What kind of governance framework is needed in support? And how can cities’ climate mitigation effort be accounted for (e.g. multi-level NDCs) and hence promoted more systematically?

Drawing on key insights from the Nordic Green to Scale for Cities and Communities analysis and different H2020 projects, the event features representatives reporting first  hand on strategy and policy action to scale-up solutions and identify prerequisites for strengthening multi-level collaboration.

You’re warmly welcome to join this event!

Delicious catering, soft drinks and snacks, are served in front of the pavilion before the event.

Programme

12:30 – 12:35 Welcoming words
12:35 – 12:45 Setting the scene: Challenges in local planning for carbon neutrality insights from the C Track 50 project

Presentation: Giorgia Rambelli, ICLEI Europe

12:45 – 13:10 Nordic Green to Scale for Cities and Communities: How far can we go by scaling up proven climate solutions?

Presentation: Oras Tynkkynen , The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
Commentary:
Minna Arve –Mayor City of Turku/FI
Vegar Andersen – Vice Mayor for Business Development and Public Ownership, City of Oslo/NO

13:10 – 13:55 Accelerating transition: how cities and regions make a difference!

Panel discussion moderated by Joana Balsemão, Councillor City of Cascais, PT
Markku Markkula – First Vice-President, European Committee of the Regions
Minna Arve – Mayor City of Turku/FI
Arno Bonte – Vice-Mayor for Sustainability, Clean Air and Energy Transition, City of Rotterdam/NL
Vegar Andersen – Vice Mayor for Business Development and Public Ownership, City of Oslo/NO
Agnes Schönfelder – Head of Climate Department, City of Mannheim/DE
Shiva Dustdar – Head of Division Innovative Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank (TBC)
Karsten Krause – Head of Department, German Environment Agency/DE

Q&A

13:55 – 14:00 Wrap up and closing words

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