31-May-2013 1Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy:the cross-border area of Alzette-BelvalAriane König, P...
31-May-2013 2
Outline of this presentationFocus on area-specific strategies towards a low carbon economy:1. Overcomming strong ties to t...
1. Overcomming ties to the steel industryKey strategies:• Regenerate local eco-systems (carbon sequestration)• Promote eco...
Regeneration of ‘the Minette’31-May-2013 5• Development of woodland and Natura 2000 reserves on old mining land• Attention...
National plan for environmental technologies• 1 of 4 priority sectors ofeconomic development• Creation of ‘eco-dev’innovat...
31-May-2013 740 eco-tech firms in the SouthJust over 1/3 in Alzette-Belval
Esch-Belval with a Cité des SciencesDGNB Gold Pre-Certificate for mixed-use urban area12.09.2011-AK8DGNB (Deutsche Gesells...
2. Curbing local impacts of Luxembourg’ssuccessful economic development• Highest demographic growth in the EU (12,8% betwe...
31-May-2013 10Cross-border worker flows in the Greater RegionSource:Becker and Hesse, 2010Over 50% of ‘transfrontaliers’cr...
Cross-border governance instruments1986: The Benelux Convention on transfrontier cooperation based on1944 Benelux Union, i...
EGTC –the advantage:Collaboration across all governance levels31-May-2013 12StateRegion: LorraineDepartments: Moselle,Meur...
Recommendations on indicators I:Two indicator sets for assessment at two levels1. International benchmarking of low carbon...
Recommendations on indicators II:Method and process• This OECD project highlighted opportunities from developing aset of l...
Acknowledgements31-May-2013 15Name OrganisationTom Becker University of Luxembourg, R.U. IPSEEnrico Benetto CRP Henri Tudo...
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OECD LEED Benelux report on green growth - Ariane König

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Presentation by Ariane König, Head of Sustainability and Senior Researcher, University of Luxemburg.
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2013 REPORT - Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions.

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  1. 1. 31-May-2013 1Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy:the cross-border area of Alzette-BelvalAriane König, Ph.D.Head of Sustainability and Senior ResearcherAll data on the area provided by PRO-SUD - Isabelle Renoir
  2. 2. 31-May-2013 2
  3. 3. Outline of this presentationFocus on area-specific strategies towards a low carbon economy:1. Overcomming strong ties to the declining steel industry2. Curbing local adverse impacts from Luxembourg’s growth3. Cross border collaborationConclusions 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 industryKey strategies:• Regenerate local eco-systems (carbon sequestration)• Promote eco-technologies• Create a ‘Cité des Sciences’ - new standards for urban development31-May-2013 4
  5. 5. Regeneration of ‘the Minette’31-May-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 ofeconomic development• Creation of ‘eco-dev’innovation cluster in 2009• Construction and energyare key sub-sectors.• The South and Esch-Belval are target-areaswith inclubators31-May-2013 6
  7. 7. 31-May-2013 740 eco-tech firms in the SouthJust over 1/3 in Alzette-Belval
  8. 8. Esch-Belval with a Cité des SciencesDGNB Gold Pre-Certificate for mixed-use urban area12.09.2011-AK8DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) GOLD pre-certificatein 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’ssuccessful economic development• Highest demographic growth in the EU (12,8% between 2001 and2009 – total 502 000 inhabitants)• Daily over 160 000 cross-border commuters come to work inLuxembourgEmissions: 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-environmentCO2 emissions in Alzette-Belval – commuting traffic, built environmentLarge single CO2 emmission sources :• Arcelor Mittal’s steel production plant (over 3.6 M tons a year)• The TwinErg Gas combustion electricity and district heatinggeneration plant in Schifflange31-May-2013 9
  10. 10. 31-May-2013 10Cross-border worker flows in the Greater RegionSource:Becker and Hesse, 2010Over 50% of ‘transfrontaliers’cross the Alzette-Belval area
  11. 11. Cross-border governance instruments1986: The Benelux Convention on transfrontier cooperation based on1944 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 region31-May-2013 11
  12. 12. EGTC –the advantage:Collaboration across all governance levels31-May-2013 12StateRegion: LorraineDepartments: Moselle,Meurthe et MoselleMunicipalities: CCPHVA*StateMunicipalities: Esch,Sanem, Schifflange,MndercangeFrance Luxembourg
  13. 13. Recommendations on indicators I:Two indicator sets for assessment at two levels1. 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 measureof local CO2 sequestration- area-based mapping of carbon flows (and stocks) recommended to assessreality of transition and impact of policy measures2. 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 making31-May-2013 13
  14. 14. Recommendations on indicators II:Method and process• This OECD project highlighted opportunities from developing aset of local indicators and serious challenges of getting at data• Multiple indicator processes are running at overlapping locallevels (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 ofstakeholders will be most effective to direct transition• Indicators for cross-border areas are a particular challenge –trans-national harmonisation of sets of indicators and methodsrequired- Organisations like the Benelux secretariat have a role to play31-May-2013 14
  15. 15. Acknowledgements31-May-2013 15Name OrganisationTom Becker University of Luxembourg, R.U. IPSEEnrico Benetto CRP Henri Tudor, Resource Centre for Environmental TechnologiesEmmanuel Cornelius City of Esch-sur-Alzette, Social DevelopmentKay Friedrichs Paul Wurth SA, Head Green Building & Urban DesignEstelle Evrard University of Luxembourg, R.U. IPSEMarina-Anda Georgescu Professional participant in the UL SCCS course, 2012Aniko Knopp University of Luxembourg, Cell for Sustainable DevelopmentFlorian Hoffmann University of Luxembourg, R.U. EngineeringStefanie Klaedtke Institute for Organic Agriculture (IBLA), ResearcherRaquel Luna University of Luxembourg, MA EU PhilosophySebastian Manhart University of Trier, Dpt General Education IIHans Mooren Benelux Union, Secretariat GeneralMarius Neagu Professional participant in the UL SCCS course, 2012Isabel Page Professional participant in the UL SCCS course, 2012John Park Professional participant in the UL SCCS course, 2012Xavier Poos City of Esch-sur-Alzette, Economist,Jerome R. Ravetz Environmental Consultant and academic, OxfordIsabelle Renoir Pro-Sud, ObservatoryNicole Schlichtenhorst Pro-Sud, Regional managerPaul Schosseler CRP Henri Tudor, DirectorChristian Schulz University of Luxembourg, Head of R.U. IPSE

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