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 is especially sensitive to climate change as large parts of the population are consecrated to coastal areas in bigger cities. Climate change is an issue that calls for strong cooperation between all political levels.
Adaptation and mitigation to climate change cannot be solved solely locally and in isolated attempts. Still, it calls for cooperation and an integrated approach in the whole Baltic Sea Region. The primary 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 European level for achieving better results.
Energy questions are of high importance in the regions, both from the sustainability point of view and from the economic point of view. Improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions is also a visible and strong indication of the commitment to reducing the environmental impact in the public administration's operations. Achieving comprehensive energy efficiency requires active, practical action and cooperation between different administrations. Abandoning fossil energy sources and improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions are steps towards more sustainable energy consumption and production.