Programme | Thursday, 9 September

Here you will find more details. presentations and further materials about the conference sessions and offerings on 9 September in Wels (AT) and online.

Programme details as well as materials for the other conference days can be found here: 8 September | 10 September

In Wels Online

09:00  - 10:30

Opening & keynotes
by Harald Welzer and Sigrid Stagl

(EN | DE)

Live stream of opening & keynotes
by Harald Welzer and Sigrid Stagl

(EN | DE | RU)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

Online networking

11:00 - 12:30

Discussion
The Austrian path to climate neutrality

(EN | DE)

Live stream of discussion
The Austrian path to climate neutrality

(EN | DE | RU)

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break

Online networking & exhibition

14:00 - 17:00

Awards & Tributes
30 Years of Climate Alliance Upper Austria
,
General Assembly of Climate Alliance Upper Austria
(DE; until 17:30)

Workshops
RES in Amazonia, Mobility, Energy Poverty, Nature-based enterprises
(languages offered below; until 15:30)

Online networking & exhibition
(as of 15:30)

17:30 - 18:30

Networking & exhibition @Welios

From 18:30

Celebration & dinner
30 Years of Climate Alliance Upper Austria

(DE)

 

Official opening & keynotes by Harald Welzer and Sigrid Stagl
9 September, 09:00 to 10:30 | In Wels & Online | (EN | DE | RU (online)) – brought to you by Climate Alliance Upper Austria

An official welcome to the 2021 Climate Alliance International Conference, taking place in Wels and online, by:

  • Andreas Rabl, Mayor of Wels
  • Silvia Huber, Deputy Mayor of Wels
  • Andreas Wolter, President of Climate Alliance
  • Norbert Rainer, Head of Climate Alliance Upper Austria
  • Stefan Kaineder, Provincial Councillor for the Province of Upper Austria
  • Markus Achleitner, Provincial Councillor for Economic Affairs of Upper Austria, representing Governor Thomas Stelzer
  • Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Federal Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
  • Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria

The opening was followed by two keynotes by Harald Welzer and Sigrid Stagl on the European Green Deal. 

Materials

Discussion "The Austrian path to European Climate Neutrality"
9 September, 11:00 to 12:30 | In Wels & Online | (EN | DE | RU (online)) – brought to you by Climate Alliance Upper Austria

The reorientation of EU policy with the EU Green Deal has positive and far-reaching consequences for the Austrian, municipal side and the closely intertwined, medium-sized economy. Advancing the transition to climate neutrality while putting cities and regions at the centre of the recovery from the COVID 19 crisis is a major challenge. Nevertheless, the Austrian path to a climate-friendly future is to be drawn along the lines of the European Green Deal. In this roundtable, experts discussed the success factors that should be in place to advance the socio-ecological transformation at the municipal level. A central role is being played by the cooperation between important actors such as business, science, politics, organisations and civil society.The panelists:

  • Helmut Hojesky, Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology
  • Stefan Kaineder, Regional Councillor for Climate, Environment, Consumers and Coexistence
  • Norbert Rainer, Head of Climate Alliance Upper Austria
  • Andreas Wolter, Chairman of Climate Alliance and Mayor of the City of Cologne
  • Harald Welzer, Director of Futurzwei - Foundation for Future Sustainability
  • Katharina Seebacher, Mayor of the Municipality of Schlierbach
  • Inge Hiebl, Sustainability Officer of hali GmbH

Awards and Tributes: 30 Years of Climate Alliance Upper Austria
9 September, 14:00 to 17:30 | In Wels | (DE) – brought to you by Climate Alliance Upper Austria

Longstanding Climate Alliance members, educational institutions, businesses and others were put in the spotlight. Within the framework of the 30th anniversary celebration of Climate Alliance Austria and Upper Austria, 30 Upper Austrian committed stakeholders were honoured and Climate Alliance partners were awarded. Following the awards and tributes, the General Assembly of Climate Alliance Upper Austria took place from 16:30 to 17:30.   

Materials

Workshop "Renewable Energies in Amazonia: Strategies and examples in indigenous territories"
9 September, 14:00 to 15:30 | Online | (EN | DE | ES | PT)

Amazonia is full of energy (resources) and at the same time one of the most energy-poor regions in the world. Due to its sheer size and remoteness, the lack of permanent government policies and incentives to promote energy access and sustainability, millions of people in the region live without a secure source of energy. Many indigenous communities in the Amazon live far from access to energy supply. Together with our partners, we will present first pilot projects and ideas for the use of renewable energies in the region.

Materials

Workshop "Tools and strategies for sustainable mobility planning"
9 September, 14:00 to 15:30 | Online | (EN | RU)

The European Green Deal seeks a reduction of transport related greenhouse gas (GHG) emis-sions in the EU of 90% by 2050. Transport currently accounts for roughly a quarter of EU GHG emissions, making the mobility and transport sector a key lever for reaching this goal. This session contributed to the shift towards alternative transport modes by presenting tools and strategies available for Climate Alliance members. The session highlighted tools that track, monitor and evaluate cycling data as well as join a city’s journey in developing an integrated strategy for e-mobility planning in the last mile logistic sector.

Materials

Workshop "Energy Poverty: Why is it important and how can municipalities fight it?"
9 September, 14:00 to 15:30 | Online | (EN)

The current pandemic has shown the urgent need to tackle energy poverty if we are to create a social Europe that meets the needs of all its inhabitants. Municipalities also have a key role in making energy services such as heating and cooling affordable by setting up and supporting measures that contribute to using less energy and empower citizens to reduce energy poverty. This workshop will explore the key drivers and barriers to alleviate energy poverty as well as solutions in a municipal setting.

Materials

Workshop "Bringing together nature-based enterprises and local authorities"
9 September, 14:00 to 15:30 | Online | (EN | DE)

Nature-based solutions are increasingly recognised as a cost-effective way of addressing climate change and biodiversity challenges that results in economic, social as well as environmental benefits. Yet there are challenges in financing nature-based solutions such as an unclear return on investment, difficulties in quantifying the benefits and often we don’t know how to collaborate with different agencies and organisations to achieve hybrid or blended financing. In this session research partners, cities and NBEs of Connecting Nature shared their experiences and ideas to inspire and equip municipalities on how to tap into private financing.

Materials

Celebration "30 Years of Climate Alliance Upper Austria" & Dinner
9 September, from 18:30 | In Wels | (DE) – brought to you by Climate Alliance Upper Austria

A joint dinner on site in Wels rounded off the celebrations on the occasion of 30 years of Climate Alliance Upper Austria.