Greening policy

Greening the Cities & Citizen Energy Forum

Monitoring our event’s environmental footprint is important for us. During the forum, we will do our best to keep it as low as possible.

We want to reduce waste!

  • We won’t print flyers or handouts. The programme will be available online.
  • We won’t use any single-use plastic
  • We won’t distribute gadgets. Instead, we will give you a special badge that you can plant when you go back home!

 

We want to make sure our catering is as green as possible!

We won’t serve any meat at the conference…But plenty of fair trade and vegetarian options will be available.

 

We want people to experience the city in a sustainable way!

We will offer sustainable transport solutions for the participants. Electric buses will allow you to move around the city.

We want to compensate our emissions…or at least part of them!

We are aware that, despite our best intentions and the above-mentioned initiatives, the Forum will still generate a considerable amount of carbon emissions. Participants will need to travel to Heerlen from all over Europe and some will not have the opportunity to do it sustainably. In addition, we know that the real carbon price should be much higher than the current one: Climate Alliance Netherlands estimates that a fair price would amount to EUR 700/ ton CO2!

Our annual event is a unique occasion for our members to meet in an informal setting and it is very important for our organisation’s strategic orientation. That is why we are asking every participant to the Cities & Citizens Energy Forum to provide information on their trip to Heerlen and pay a symbolic 25-euro compensation-fee instead of the standard registration’s costs. The total amount will serve to compensate for carbon emissions by financing three local projects aiming at mobilising Heerlen’s residents around their city’s energy transition.

 

The city of Heerlen launched a call for local projects that should:

  • Address energy issues in the city of Heerlen
  • Contribute to Heerlen’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan
  • Raise awareness on energy issues in the city
  • Involve Heerlen residents
  • Reduce CO2 emissions

A Dutch expert’s jury will select three projects that will receive a grant of EUR 1000 each. We will announce the winners during the last day of the Forum. We hope this initiative will spur exchanges around carbon pricing during our event, but also make local citizens reflect around energy issues in their city, and what they could do about it.

For more information on the call, please visit Heerlen City Council website.