08-Jul-2013 1
Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy:
the cross-border area of Alzette-Belval
Ariane König...
08-Jul-2013 2
Outline of this presentation
Focus on area-specific strategies towards a low carbon economy:
1. Overcomming strong ties to...
1. Overcomming ties to the steel industry
Key strategies:
• Regenerate local eco-systems (carbon sequestration)
• Promote ...
Regeneration of ‘the Minette’
08-Jul-2013 5
• Development of woodland and Natura 2000 reserves on old mining land
• Attent...
National plan for environmental technologies
• 1 of 4 priority sectors of
economic development
• Creation of ‘eco-dev’
inn...
08-Jul-2013 7
40 eco-tech firms in the South
Just over 1/3 in Alzette-Belval
Esch-Belval with a Cité des Sciences
DGNB Gold Pre-Certificate for mixed-use urban area
12.09.2011-AK
8
DGNB (Deutsche Ges...
2. Curbing local impacts of Luxembourg’s
successful economic development
• Highest demographic growth in the EU (12,8% bet...
08-Jul-2013 10
Cross-border worker flows in the Greater Region
Source:
Becker and Hesse, 2010
Over 50% of ‘transfrontalier...
Cross-border governance instruments
1986: The Benelux Convention on transfrontier cooperation based on
1944 Benelux Union,...
EGTC –the advantage:
Collaboration across all governance levels
08-Jul-2013 12
State
Region: Lorraine
Departments: Moselle...
Recommendations on indicators I:
Two indicator sets for assessment at two levels
1. International benchmarking of low carb...
Recommendations on indicators II:
Method and process
• This OECD project highlighted opportunities from developing a
set o...
Acknowledgements
08-Jul-2013 15
Name Organisation
Tom Becker University of Luxembourg, R.U. IPSE
Enrico Benetto CRP Henri ...
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Presentation by Ariane König, Ph.D., Head of Sustainability and Senior Researcher, University of Luxemburg.

OECD LEED Report on "Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions" presented in Brussels on 29 May 2013.

For more info http://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/lowcarbon.htm

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Ariane König - Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy -The cross-border area of Alzette-Belval

  1. 1. 08-Jul-2013 1 Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy: the cross-border area of Alzette-Belval Ariane König, Ph.D. Head of Sustainability and Senior Researcher All data on the area provided by PRO-SUD - Isabelle Renoir
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  3. 3. Outline of this presentation Focus on area-specific strategies towards a low carbon economy: 1. Overcomming strong ties to the declining steel industry 2. Curbing local adverse impacts from Luxembourg’s growth 3. Cross border collaboration Conclusions on indicators for local transition (Shared context of overarching EU and national policies with Scheldemond case – will not be addressed here – see report)
  4. 4. 1. Overcomming ties to the steel industry Key strategies: • Regenerate local eco-systems (carbon sequestration) • Promote eco-technologies • Create a ‘Cité des Sciences’ - new standards for urban development 08-Jul-2013 4
  5. 5. Regeneration of ‘the Minette’ 08-Jul-2013 5 • Development of woodland and Natura 2000 reserves on old mining land • Attention to high recreational value for environmental health and well-being.
  6. 6. National plan for environmental technologies • 1 of 4 priority sectors of economic development • Creation of ‘eco-dev’ innovation cluster in 2009 • Construction and energy are key sub-sectors. • The South and Esch- Belval are target-areas with inclubators 08-Jul-2013 6
  7. 7. 08-Jul-2013 7 40 eco-tech firms in the South Just over 1/3 in Alzette-Belval
  8. 8. Esch-Belval with a Cité des Sciences DGNB Gold Pre-Certificate for mixed-use urban area 12.09.2011-AK 8 DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) GOLD pre-certificate in the category “urban area of mixed use”among 13 intl. projects evaluated. 6 areas of evaluation – 49 criteria
  9. 9. 2. Curbing local impacts of Luxembourg’s successful economic development • Highest demographic growth in the EU (12,8% between 2001 and 2009 – total 502 000 inhabitants) • Daily over 160 000 cross-border commuters come to work in Luxembourg Emissions: 12 million tonnes CO2 equivalents in 2010 • Over 50% from vehicle fuel combustion (14% from residents) • An estimated >20% from energy-use in the built-environment CO2 emissions in Alzette-Belval – commuting traffic, built environment Large single CO2 emmission sources : • Arcelor Mittal’s steel production plant (over 3.6 M tons a year) • The TwinErg Gas combustion electricity and district heating generation plant in Schifflange 08-Jul-2013 9
  10. 10. 08-Jul-2013 10 Cross-border worker flows in the Greater Region Source: Becker and Hesse, 2010 Over 50% of ‘transfrontaliers’ cross the Alzette-Belval area
  11. 11. Cross-border governance instruments 1986: The Benelux Convention on transfrontier cooperation based on 1944 Benelux Union, initially mainly a customs union. 1971: The Greater Region: Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, Lorraine, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Wallonia. 2011: The European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation Alzette-Belval • Legal basis: Regulation EC No. 1082/2006 OJ L210/19 31.7.2006 • Scope: Sustainable development of the region 08-Jul-2013 11
  12. 12. EGTC –the advantage: Collaboration across all governance levels 08-Jul-2013 12 State Region: Lorraine Departments: Moselle, Meurthe et Moselle Municipalities: CCPHVA* State Municipalities: Esch, Sanem, Schifflange, Mndercange France Luxembourg
  13. 13. Recommendations on indicators I: Two indicator sets for assessment at two levels 1. International benchmarking of low carbon transition: OECD set for Environmental and resource productivity – workable. Recommendations: - replace ‘treatment of contaminated land’ with ‘green space’ as a measure of local CO2 sequestration - area-based mapping of carbon flows (and stocks) recommended to assess reality of transition and impact of policy measures 2. Assessing progress on locally specific transition pathways: Elaborated in a local process to direct attention of Local organisations, e.g.: - Municipal funds supporting building retrofitting programmes - Organisations implmenting a sustainable commuting policy for staff - % staff completed training programmes on energy-efficiency measures - …. OECD set ‘Economic opportunities’ more adapted to national policy making 08-Jul-2013 13
  14. 14. Recommendations on indicators II: Method and process • This OECD project highlighted opportunities from developing a set of local indicators and serious challenges of getting at data • Multiple indicator processes are running at overlapping local levels (e.g. Luxembourg climate pact, or EU2020 going local /INTERREG initiatives) – attention to synergy is required • Locally driven and –owned indicator processes with a range of stakeholders will be most effective to direct transition • Indicators for cross-border areas are a particular challenge – trans-national harmonisation of sets of indicators and methods required - Organisations like the Benelux secretariat have a role to play 08-Jul-2013 14
  15. 15. Acknowledgements 08-Jul-2013 15 Name Organisation Tom Becker University of Luxembourg, R.U. IPSE Enrico Benetto CRP Henri Tudor, Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies Emmanuel Cornelius City of Esch-sur-Alzette, Social Development Kay Friedrichs Paul Wurth SA, Head Green Building & Urban Design Estelle Evrard University of Luxembourg, R.U. IPSE Marina-Anda Georgescu Professional participant in the UL SCCS course, 2012 Aniko Knopp University of Luxembourg, Cell for Sustainable Development Florian Hoffmann University of Luxembourg, R.U. Engineering Stefanie Klaedtke Institute for Organic Agriculture (IBLA), Researcher Raquel Luna University of Luxembourg, MA EU Philosophy Sebastian Manhart University of Trier, Dpt General Education II Hans Mooren Benelux Union, Secretariat General Marius Neagu Professional participant in the UL SCCS course, 2012 Isabel Page Professional participant in the UL SCCS course, 2012 John Park Professional participant in the UL SCCS course, 2012 Xavier Poos City of Esch-sur-Alzette, Economist, Jerome R. Ravetz Environmental Consultant and academic, Oxford Isabelle Renoir Pro-Sud, Observatory Nicole Schlichtenhorst Pro-Sud, Regional manager Paul Schosseler CRP Henri Tudor, Director Christian Schulz University of Luxembourg, Head of R.U. IPSE

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