2017 Climate Alliance International Conference programme

20 September | 21 September | 22 September

Simultaneous translation into German, English and Spanish will be available unless otherwise noted. Space is limited for some conference sessions. Programme subject to change.

Wednesday, 20 September

14:00 – 17:00 Working Groups, Haus der Technik (EN | by invitation only)

  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • CO2 Monitoring

17:30 – 19:00 City tour of Essen, Tourist Information Office (EN | DE)
19:00 – 20:30 Get-Together
, Essen City Hall of Essen (EN | DE)

The Mayor of Essen, Thomas Kufen, invites Climate Alliance members for drinks, light snacks and an informal exchange on the 22nd floor of Essen’s City Hall. A special highlight will be OroVerde’s “The Future We Want” exhibition.

    Thursday, 21 September

    Location: Haus der Technik   

    Moderation:  Minu Hemmati

    8:15 – 9:00 Registration
    9:00 – 10:00 Opening and welcome

    • Werner Klaffke, Executive Director, Haus der Technik, Essen (tbc)
    • Minister of Climate Protection & Environment, Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia (DE)
    • Holger Matthäus Climate Alliance President |  Senator for Buildings and Environment, City of Rostock (DE)
    • Tine Heyse, Climate Alliance President | Mayor for Environment, Climate, Energy and North-South, City of Ghent (BE)
    • Eider José Perafan Ramirez, Climate Alliance Vice-President | Coordinator for Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity, COICA

    10:00 – 10:30 Diving into the In-Situ Sessions
    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
    13:00 In Situ Sessions

    In these sessions, participants will leave the conference location to see examples of transformation throughout Essen, having the chance to speak with stakeholders and civil society as well as representatives from other municipalities with inspiring stories to tell.

    1. Climate refugees (in plenary)
      Dina Ionesco, Head of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division of the International Organisation for Migration will lead this session on global migration flows, setting those fleeing their homes as a result of climate change in the spotlight.
    2. Transformation as an opportunity for adaptation
      See how Essen is using broader urban transformation processes as an opportunity to adapt to climate change and exchange with other municipal representatives on the subject. (max 20 participants | via public transport)
    3. Fossil Free!
      The end of the coal is clearly visible in Essen, yet the city is not yet fossil free. How can the local level supply its energy needs with 100% renewable energies? (max 20 participants | via public transport)
    4. Divest!
      Hear from cities that have divested from fossil fuels to ensure that municipal investments support local climate policy. How can we make better use of our public funds? (max 20 participants | via public transport)
    5. Empowering Neighbourhoods
      Discuss how a focus on neighbourhood-based, bottom-up approaches can raise awareness for both sustainability and energy saving while leading to lasting engagement. (max 20 participants |15 min walk)
    6. Smart energy use
      Simply making consumption visible can often result in a smarter use of energy. Join the discussion about energy savings potentials and awareness raising with techniques such as smart metering. (max 25 participants | via public transport)
    7. Changing Climate Cultures
      How can we work together to change Climate Culture? Understand what an important role cultural aspects play in successful climate action. (max 25 participants | 20 min walk)
    8. Fair Lifestyles
      Get exposure to examples of fair and sustainable micro movements in Essen using the GreenApes city app as your “sustainable” tour guide. (max 10 participants | ca. 90min walking tour)
    9. Local financing for local energy
      See how participatory financing via energy cooperatives in collaboration with local authorities can accelerate investments towards a just energy transition. (max 20 participants |10 min walk)
    10. Think Bike!
      Experience Essen’s sustainable mobility by bike on the new RS1 bicycle highway and discuss how the right city planning can promote climate-friendly transport.
      (max 20 participants | ca. 60 min. bike tour)
    11. Making use of geothermal
      Geothermal energy sources can provide great opportunities for sustainable energy. Discuss this often overlooked resource as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with its use. (max 20 participants | via public transport)

    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 17:00 Climate Alliance General Assembly    
    19:00 – 23:00
    "Einfach. Essen." (Simply Essen), Dampfe Brewery, Essen-Borbeck

    Friday, 22 September

    Location: Haus der Technik   

    Moderation:  Minu Hemmati

    9:00 – 9:15 Wake up call and review
    9:15 – 10:15 Road to COP23 – Fiji, Bonn’s guest

    National governments are starting to recognise that they must better integrate the local level if they are to reach their national climate goals. This session takes a look at the upcoming negotiations at the UN Summit in Bonn as well as the role of the local level therein.

    10:30 – 12:00 Workshops

    1. Project Ideas Laboratory – Finding funding opportunities and project partners (EN | DE)
      Financing climate action is a challenge for many local authorities. The project ideas laboratory is the highlight of this conference’s offerings on financing. Hear from experts on various European funding programmes, discuss concrete project ideas with peers and get an edge on the partner search.
    2. Shaping successful partnerships for climate action (EN | DE)
      Climate partnerships are increasingly becoming an integral part of local climate action activities. What forms do these partnerships take and how do they work? Learn about their synergies and benefits for municipalities as well as various possibilities to forge your own climate partnerships.
    3. From political goals to action on the regional level (EN | DE)
      Pooling climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts on the regional level requires strong inter-municipal cooperation. Share your experiences and discuss the challenges that arise when turning political goals into concrete action within regions.
    4. CO2, the end all and be all? Opportunities and limits of quantification (DE)
      Climate change mitigation efforts and political negotiations typically place a narrow focus on CO2 emissions. This workshop will give insight into the various ways in which municipalities determine and interpret CO2 emissions. Join the discussion about the chances and the limits of quantification.
    5. (Em)power to change – Towards climate just pathways (EN | DE | ES)
      Every day, local authorities make decisions that are not only relevant to their residents, but also impact regions and people in other parts of the world. Together with our indigenous partners, we will discuss the effects of our actions as well as local approaches and alternatives.

    12:00 – 13:30 Coffee & Marketplace – Members show how they are transforming their municipalities

    At the marketplace, Climate Alliance members have the opportunity to have their own stand, sharing their experiences and inspiring targeted exchange peers.

    13:30 – 14:00 Results and take home messages
    14:00 – 15:00 Lunch
    15:00 – 18:00 Excursions 

    Excursions to local highlights are being offered in cooperation with the City of Essen. More information on available excursions and registration to follow.





    Photos: City - Johannes Kassenberg | Boats - Daniel Müller | Bridge - Jochen Tack