Development of municipal climate strategy enforced by public participation processes


Sponsor: EC

Partners: Dialogik, unw, Mutadis, REC, MTA - Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Gyöngyös city, local NGOs

Type: strategy building, cooperation, expert work

Goal: Our aim is to develop methods to formulate and implement successful climate strategy with enhanced public acceptance and support. The climatre change strategy will be implemented in a selected model town with the collaboration of local municipality and NGOs. The methodology will be further applicable to other cities in Europe.

Target groups: self-government, NGOs, residents and authorities in the selected model region, decision makers and professionals in the magnification phase

Description: The climate strategy to be developed by Energy club with help of local experts and NGOs will concentrate on mitigation and adaptation aspects, based upon sociologic surveillance and public participation methods. As magnification of the project: methods can be applyed in other regions and cities throughout Europe.
Realisation on the ground - model project in Hungary: our municipality  partner is a town  with approximately 30 000 residents, many natural resources and significant economic activity. The city is a member of the Hungarian Energy Efficient Municipalities Association. This first model project will serve as an example for further towns and cities with similar characteristics in Hungary.

Energiaklub’s new booklet entitled “Climate guidebook – first steps towards a Municipal Climate Change Strategy” assists municipalities in their effort to create a sustainable energy and climate strategy.
Climate change is one of the major challenges municipalities will face in this century. Are they prepared to tackle the challenge? Do they have resources and a strategy to deal with emission reduction and climate change adaptation issues? Energiaklub’s booklet guides municipal planners and decision makers through the climate strategy planning process in a concise way with examples of good practices around the world. The publication contains practical advice from capacity building, public procurement to partnership building and concrete planning stages.
We hope our publication will inspire municipal decision makers to develop strategic thinking, and create and implement climate change strategies to save financial and environmental resources while enhancing the economic and physical well-being of their inhabitants.
The guidebook is available in Hungarian as a free download from our website.