Levers for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
The CLIMATE project is based upon 5 mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions:
- Developing eco-activities in the Essonne.This concerns accelerating the development of eco-activities which contribute to the development of an energy efficient economy. The action presented here, consists of establishing an organisational structure for the industry in the territory to bring together stakeholders in economic development and research. In order to do this, a local governance structure, NOVAGREEN, has been created with the economic stakeholders having as its objective driving a territorial dynamic, particularly around low carbon energies and innovative waste management etc.
- Promoting the use of sustainable habitat techniques.The aim of this aspect is to raise awareness of sustainable habitat techniques among all stakeholders in the territory. Several actions are initiated and are organised around The aim of this aspect is to raise awareness of sustainable habitat techniques among all stakeholders in the territory. Several actions are initiated and are organised around : _ The establishment of a materials library within the Departmental Organisation for Habitat (Maison Départementale de l'Habitat - MDH) which offers conferences, visits, workshops, personalised advice etc. _ An online Showcase for Energy in the Essonne (Vitrine des Energie en Essonne - VEE) open to everyone in order to promote exemplary operations and assist the transfer of experiences.
- Providing information and encouraging citizens to use alternative modes of transport to the private vehicle. Car journeys, which is the source of 43% of GHG emissions, is the main source of emissions in the territory. In order to improve information for citizens regarding alternative modes of transport, which are more respectful of the environment, the General Council of the Essonne set up a mobility centre called "MobilEssonne". The action consists in making an information platform to residents of the Essonne covering public transport, active modes of transportation (such as cycling, walking etc.), participatory Internet car sharing online etc. The collaborative dimension of this tool will provide a gain in comparison to other centre which are being developed by other territorial bodies
- Taking action against fuel poverty. In this aspect, the General Council acts in a preventive manner in relation to the causes of fuel poverty in the habitat by various means: either by action to raise awareness to changes of behaviour of among occupants, or by providing impetus to improve the thermal performance of buildings. 3 mechanisms are combined : * Raising awareness among social landlord and supporting them. * Training social workers to support families in situations of fuel poverty s families toward behaviour that allows better control of their consumption and the thermal comfort of their home. * Workshops to control charges for the attention of families.
- Reducing GHG emissions internally. The General Council has a role of instigator in relation to the territory in terms of the environmental quality of buildings. It is in this context that the "Build and Subsidize Sustainable" standard is put in place progressively in relation to operations where the General Council is the funder. In the objective of being exemplary, this standard is also applied to the operations where the General Council is the Client. Moreover, the Department progressively deploys a monitoring tool for GHG emissions and associated costs incurred by its assets and the services over which it exercises jurisdiction: the Carbon Alliance software. Finally, because education in sustainable development is a mechanism over the long term, actions to raise awareness regarding sustainable construction and energy issues are established for secondary school pupils.
Climate in figures
• Duration: 01/09/2010 - 31/12/2014
• Total budget for the project : €1,567,804
• European grant : €783,902