Climate Neutral Cities Forum
“Climate Neutral Cities” was the title of the international forum held in Geneva from the 23rd to the 25th of September, 2009. The forum was organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The motivation behind the forum was the significant potential available for reducing housing related greenhouse gas emissions across Europe, but also the accrued benefits of improved comfort, employment opportunities and fuel security of supply that can arise. Guest speakers examined the multidimensional approach of “Climate Neutral Cities”. These included policymakers and authorities from various cities, who presented relevant policies as well as the challenges to governance posed by this concept. Experts from the public and private sectors addressed the technical hurdles and provided practical solutions for reducing urban GHG emissions (including land-use and transport planning, infrastructure, energy efficiency and overall building performance). NALAS was represented at this conference by Milena Garthley.