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Friday 21 May 2010

Örebro introduces an internal climate fee to enhance all municipal departments to reduce their carbon emissions!

The city of Örebro, a Swedish member of the Union of Baltic Cities, has recently decided to help municipal departments and staff members watch their way of travelling and cut their CO2 emissions.

Internal fees are now levied on air travel and the purchase of fossil fuels, as well as on business trips undertaken in privately-owned cars. In total, it is expected that these fees will exceed 100 000 euros during 2010.

The climate fees are credited to a special climate account that is common to the entire municipality and that can support departments’ actions to further reduction the emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases… leading to many good ideas as the applications received so far show!

All departments are hereby supported in their own efforts involving the climate, while climate fees mean that they must now question their travelling and transportation more. For example, is the journey absolutely necessary? If so, is it possible to improve the mode of transport?

This carrot and stick approach initiated a virtuous circle that a few other Swedish municipalities have already copied by introducing similar systems… definitely a good and easy example for all European cities to follow!














Contacts:

Tomas Bergkvist
Örebro Municipality
Tel. +46 19 21 62 30


Union of Baltic Cities
Secretariat
Wały Jagiellońskie 1
80-853 Gdańsk Poland
tel. +48 58 301 09 17
tel. +48 58 301 91 23
fax +48 58 301 76 37
e-mail to the Secretariat



by Christophe Fréring on 21 May 2010 / 1106 visites




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