Citizens around the Baltic Sea are experiencing the tangible impacts of a changing climate with extreme weather occurrences and sea level rise. The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is especially sensitive to climate change as large parts of the population are situated in bigger cities in the coastal areas. Climate change is an issue that calls for strong cooperation between all political levels. UBC has with its resolution on climate change in 2007 recognized the urgent need for action in the area and several projects dealing with climate change on the local level have been initiated. Adaptation and mitigation to climate change cannot be solved solely locally and in isolated attempts but it calls for cooperation and an integrated approach in the whole Baltic Sea Region. The major goals that the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission is working for are strengthening the local levels in dealing with climate change and cooperation and networking on regional, national and especially European level for achieving better results.
Local Climate work
Local authorities are the key in the implementation of climate change policies. Supporting local authorities in their climate work has been the core task of the UBC Sustainable Cities Commission within climate change work:
- UBC member cities have the possibility to take part in trainings on integrated management for local climate change response
- the Baltic Sea Region Covenant Club facilitates exchange of experiences regarding implementation of the Covenant of Mayors commitments between member cities
Energy, and especially the change of use from fossil fuel to renewable energies, is closely connected to climate change issues. Energy questions are of high importance in the regions, both from the sustainability point of view as well as from the economic point of view.