Fighting climate change requires local governments to look at sustainable mobility, efficiency of public buildings and the use of renewable energies all at the same time, and it is possible!

The Interreg MED Programme thematic communities of Urban Transports, Renewable Energy and Efficient Building have joined efforts to organise 2 thematic workshops about local strategies to decrease carbon emissions by taking a transversal look into mobility planning, the use of renewable energy, and the efficiency and consumptions of public buildings. 

This initiative, brought by the Institut de Recerca de Catalunya (IREC), the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and MedCities, took place online the 28 January and 4 February. Local and regional representatives from various municipalities and provinces across Spain, environmental and energy experts, and EU-funded project partners discussed and shared experiences, methodologies and strategies to cope with and fight Climate Change from the local scale. 

Mr Miguel Rodrigo Gonzalo, IDAE introduced the EU Green New Deal and the Recovery Plan as the most suitable framing to develop and foster low carbon innovative strategies, while Breogan Sanchez, CIRCE, discussed about the the integration of sustainable mobility plans (SUMPs) and SECAPs as a smart step-in for local governments. 

Experiences were shared by local and regional experts, including Maria Herrando (PRIORITEE project), Virginia Domingo (Granollers, COMPOSE Project) or Pilar Ibarz (Monzón, SIMPLA Project). 

The organisers of the webinars are compiling the highlights of both sessions in a short video to be published soon, meanwhile you may check the presentations with key information about the methodologies, initiatives and projects shared by the speakers on the 28 January and 4 February.

Watch the video from the first session