Ecological transformation – An asset for the EUSALP economy, 14 October 2015

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Representation of the European Region Tyrol – South Tyrol – Trentino
Rue de Pascale 47 – 1040 Brussels 

The European Strategy for the Alpine region is based on three pillars which are essential for its competitiveness. The third pillar aims to ensure sustainability in the region i.e. fostering of an integrative and environmental framework and both a renewable and reliable energy strategy (with regard to the international agenda and the coming up COP21 in Paris).

The first part of the conference focused on the opportunities to boost sustainable growth in the Alps. Key aspects were the implementation of the action plans, the role of the regions and the mix of various European, national and regional instruments. Speakers especially emphasized ongoing challenges by implementing the EUSALP strategy e.g. multi-level-governance and its coordination, a lack of cooperation between cities and regions and furthermore the climate change. Therefore it is necessary for regions to cooperate strategically.

The second debate discussed the issue of saving energy and creating new jobs by using sustainable materials. Speakers stressed the necessity to further improve energy efficiency. In this context the raw material wood might play a key role. Furthermore speakers underlined the urgent need to foster renewable energy sources. The Alpine macro-region should aim to become a role model. A Bavarian wood entrepreneur participated as a successful example of operating in an energy efficient way.




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