Together, We Strive to Make Climate Neutrality a Reality

 

Every day, the news provide evidence that climate change is having an increasingly strong impact on the way we will live on Planet Earth. Cities of the world are key, along with nations, regions, universities and industry to find and implement solutions to this challenge.

By 2050, the majority of the world's population will be living in cities, causing the greatest emission of global greenhouse gases.

In the German/Danish region, we have already accepted this challenge to be an opportunity to demonstrate how coordinated actions can be created and implemented in a close public-private partnership cooperation.

We aim to bring government decision makers, researchers and industry representatives together to present and discuss best practice innovative green approaches to reaching 100% climate neutrality. Youth representatives will challenge traditional thinking by innovation and cross-pressure creation.

 

 

About the Conference 2019

 

The 2019 conference, taking place on September 30th-October 2nd at Alsion in Sonderborg, will be the third conference to be held in Denmark, following the ones held back in 2015 and 2017.

 

How can we make sure that we achieve 100% climate neutrality? What is the role of science, industry and municipalities? – How do we use the municipal platforms to create more actions and impact?

 

This year's climate neutrality conference focusses on new technology developments, learnings from city demonstration projects, innovative business solutions, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a climate neutrality perspective, youth participation and strategies based on what a municipality can achieve by coordinated actions and strong political alignment.

Attendees from academia, industry and municipalities are invited to share and continue their important discussion about the best practice solutions to reach their climate goals at city, regional and national levels. In addition - this year, for the first time, a ‘Youth’ discussion will take place, represented by Youth Climate Councils from Germany and Denmark. The discussion will lead to a “Sonderborg Youth Declaration” to be presented and discussed at the final session of the conference. 

 

 

Why Participate?

 

This year’s 100% Climate Neutrality conference offers an opportunity to learn from the climate forefront about tech solutions, best practice integrated solutions and what really works at local municipal and community level -  based on local and regional participation platforms. Meet,  share and discuss your knowledge, improve your understanding, learn, extend your network and become inspired to make Climate Neutrality a Reality. You will meet leading scientists from universities, participants from the CITIES project, the EU ActNow project, the Energibyerne.dk network and ambitious Youth Climate Council representatives.

The 100% Climate Neutrality conference offers:

- Inspiring, innovative ideas and concepts from research, industry and municipalities challenged by Youth Climate Council representatives

- Providing solutions to make Climate Neutrality a Reality

- Excellent networking opportunities.

 

 

History of the Conference
 

The 100% Climate Neutrality conference originates from a collaboration of universities, municipalities and innovation actors across the Danish/German border region. Besides the University of Southern Denmark, which was represented originally by the Mads Clausen Institute and now in addition the Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology, the Europa-Universität Flensburg, Hochschule Flensburg, Klimapakt Flensburg and ProjectZero Sonderborg participate too.

The conference is organized biannually.  On odd-numbered years it takes place in Sonderborg, Denmark—a municipality that has thrived for CO2 neutrality growth since 2007. It alternates with the 100% Renewable Energy conference in Flensburg, which is organized on even-numbered years.


 

 

 

  Organizing Committee

 

 

   Prof. Dr. Horst-Günter Rubahn | Director, Mads Clausen Institute

 

   Peter Rathje | Managing Director ProjectZero, Sonderborg

 

   Prof. Henrik Wenzel | Head of SDU Life Cycle Engineering

 

   Prof. Dr. Dirk Ludewig | Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Hochschule Flensburg