Municipality of Geretsried

Geretsried

www.geretsried.de/

Key data
Administrative regionLandkreis Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen
Inhabitants23,200
Altitude (masl.)205,7 m
Main economic sectors1. Industry
2. Logistics
3. Service
Climate action background
Membership in climate initiativesYes.
Name of climate initiatives1. Climate Alliance,
2. Founding member of Energiewende Oberland
Commitments to climate mitigation
and / or adaptation measures
Yes.
Name the commitmentIntegrated Climate Protection Concept
Administrative structures adapted to challenges connected with climate changeYes.
Main fields of climate action so farBuildings, equipment / facilities and industries
Transport
Local district heating / cooling, Combined Heat and Power
Awareness raising

 

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News

Nowadays, media focuses mainly on the negative impact of climate change; but at least on a local scale it might be worthwhile to take some positive effects into consideration as well.

„Climate change – worldwide and on a regional scale” – this was the title of the SEAP_Alps kick-off event in Weyarn last January that was organized by the municipality and SEAP_Alps partner Civic Foundation Energiewende Oberland (EWO).

The French State, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) set up an observatory to measure the effects of climate change in Rhône-Alpes Region and facilitate the adaptation approach of local authorities.

For more than 20 years, municipalities across Europe have been spending time on climate change mitigation actions, committing themselves to voluntary greenhouse gas emission targets and setting up action programmes to combat climate change. Local Authorities play a key role in the mitigation process, but mitigation is not sufficient anymore since climate change is already taking place. The world's climate system has such long response times that experts agree that climate change can no longer be halted completely.

The small Alpine town of Wertach with approximately 2,500 inhabitants lies at 915 meters above sea level at the foot of Grünten mountain. This makes Wertach Germany’s highest market town. Mayor Eberhard Jehle welcomes the opportunity to develop a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).

Sestriere 2035

Sestriere, at 2035 meters above the sea level, is the highest municipality in Italy. Known mainly for its winter tourism on the ski area called "Via Lattea", Sestriere started, few years ago, a route on energy and environmental sustainability, combining the protection of the territory to the support of the local economy.

The Province of Torino represented SEAP_Alps project during two important conferences that took place in Torino and Freiburg. In both events hundreds of people have been introduced to the project objectives and actions.

While we are facing the ever worsening effects of climate change, the negotiations for climate change mitigation at an international level are carried out too slowly. However, more and more international initiatives are being developed and an increasing number of independent countries have begun to focus on sustainable development. Slovenia has the ideal conditions to join to the most advanced countries of the world.

In the Biofuture house in Martjanci, the mayors of the region's three municipalities Kuzma, Puconci and Turnišče signed the Covenant of Mayors.  Pomurje joined the Covenant as eighth municipality and this was also where Beltinci, Ljutomer, Cankova and Lendava and later on  the municipality Moravske Toplice signed the Covenant thus raising the number of Slovenian members to 18. 

Within the context of the SEAP_Alps Alpine Space Project, in eastern Styria the following regions have declared themselves ready to participate in the project and to draw up a regional energy action plan. The basic idea underlying such links between local authorities and a region is to reach energy sustainability focusing on the ENERGY and BUILDING sectors. The aim is not only to cover regional energy needs, but to support the entire region in becoming an energy plus region.

During the Warsaw UN Climate Change Conference (COP 19) the SEAP_Alps Methodology was presented in the workshop “Mechanisms supporting the monitoring of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs)”. The session on 15 November 2013 in the EU Pavilion in the National Stadium showcased examples on methods and tools for developing and monitoring SEAPs and Climate Plans as well as the support that they could bring for the municipal level.
Photo (right to left): Fritz Pielenz (City of Dresden), Dr. Andreas Kress, Ana Rita Neves and Miguel Morcillo (all Climate Alliance)

On Nov. 28./29. SEAP_Alps project partners met at the headquarters of Rhônealpénergie-Environnement (RAEE) in Lyon. There, the Training Platform and the Action Tool for the SEAP_Alps Methodology were presented and discussed. Other important issue were the upcoming local events and the implementation of SEAPs in pilot cities and pilot regions.

Geretsried will be the first pilot community of SEAP_Alps in the Bavarian Oberland, Germany. The decision was taken during the meeting of the city's building and environment committee on  July 16, 2013 after a presentation of the project by Ellen Esser, SEAP_Alps project coordinator of Energiewende Oberland (EWO). “We can only profit from this cooperation“, was the opinion of Mayor Cornelia Irmer and the members of the town council.

Important milestones have been reached in the project SEAP_Alps. During the second project meeting in Moravske Toplice, Slovenia, on June 20/21, 2013 which was hosted by RA Sinergija, project partners discussed the new online “action tool”, the training platform for the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) as well as innovative private-public financial schemes for sustainable retrofitting of public buildings.

EU Representatives of Mountain Regions held general assembly

Catherine Premat of Rhônalpénergie-Environnement (RAEE) presented the SEAP_Alps project during the general assembly of the European Association of Elected representatives from Mountain Regions (Aem) in Le Grand Bornand (Haute-Savoie). The meeting was held on June 14, 2013. Faced to various elected representatives, RAEE detailed the objectives of the project and the main issues of climate changes especially for mountain areas.

The Slovenian legislation gives rise to local energy concept based on energy laws. This is an important tool in planning strategy of municipal energy policy and is also aimed at increasing awareness and informing energy consumers. Included is an analysis of existing situation of energy use and energy supply.

Five countries participate in this European project: Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. The objective of the SEAP_Alps project is to support a minimum of 35 local authorities to implement an Energy and Climate Action Plan integrating adaptation and mitigation. At least 10 of the local authorities involved must have a major role in tourism and at least 5 out of 35 will be local authorities with SEAPs to review.

The Allgäu town Sonthofen will be one of the first cities to participate in the project SEAP_Alps. Sonthofen is surrounded by the Allgäu Alps and lies in a valley between the rivers Iller and Ostrach at 750-1100 m above sea level. It is one of the most important tourist towns in the Allgäu with 21000 inhabitants and 4.000 beds for guests.

On May 15 and 16, 2013 SEAP_Alps representative Leonie Wiesiollek of EZA participated in a meeting in Brussels, where two EU programmes gathered their strengths to discuss the acceleration of change at local level for effective delivery of sustainable energy solutions.

The SEAP_Alps project joined the first Italian meeting of the territorial coordinator of the Covenant of Mayors organised by the Abruzzo Region in collaboration with the Covenant of Mayor Office on the 7th of May 2013 in the City of Pescara.

During the SEAP_Alps Workshop at the Centre of Energy and Environment Allgäu (eza!) in Kempten on January 24 and 25, 2013 project partners from five Alpine countries had extensive discussions on „Sustainable Energy Action Plans” and on “Adaptation to Climate Change” issues.

Project Partners will meet for a workshop in Kempten on 24./25. January 2013 at eza!. Existing Sustainable Energy Action Plans will be evalutated and important potentials will be defined. A special focus will be on the adaptation aspect of climate protection. This issue is of greatest importance since climate change is already taking place and mitigation activities will not be sufficient to address the problem.

Press Review in Covenant of Mayors Newsletter

The project got an interesting review in the newsletter of the Covenant of Mayors http://www.eumayors.eu/New-EU-project-supports-Covenant.html

Kick-Off Meeting

On Nov. 20 and 21, 2012 SEAP_Alps partners met at the Province of Turino Building in Turin, Italy for the kick-off meeting. The event was hosted by the Lead Partner, the Province of Turin. A stakeholder event was held on Nov. 20, which was highlighted by a live video conference with the representative of the Covenant of Mayor Office, Mr. Adam Szolyak.