15 Climate Stars given to cities and regions in 7 countries
On 6 October 2016, in Lower Austria’s Grafenegg Castle, 15 municipalities, regions and associations of local authorities from seven European countries were awarded with a Climate Star for their outstanding climate action initiatives. The local projects cover a wide range of topics, from energy and mobility to food systems and sustainable procurement up to climate justice and climate change adaptation.
The winners demonstrate that communication is a key success factor, whether between local authorities and their inhabitants, with other municipalities and regions, as well as with partners in the Global South.
European local authorities were honoured this year for the seventh time with a Climate Star ,but it was the first time the awards ceremony took place in the framework of the Climate Alliance International Conference. From 5 to 8 October, hundreds of local representatives united in Krems, Austria, under the motto “A culture of local climate action ‒ Mainstreaming good practice”. The Government of Lower Austria along with the Climate Alliance European Secretariat and Climate Alliance Austria made both events possible.
All initiatives submitted for a 2016 Climate Star were assessed by an international jury of Climate Alliance representatives from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland on the basis of their sustainability, innovation, potential as multipliers and potential for media coverage as well as their involvement of the public. More than 200 European municipalities and associations of local authorities with a total of more than 50 million inhabitants applied.
To see the awarded initiatives and projects, please visit the relevant Climate Alliance webpage at the link below.