Climate Neighbourhoods, ambitious cities, good mitigation practice
In addition to the main conference in Heidelberg’s historic city hall, ICCA2019 offers a variety of events for professionals and the general public. In parallel to ICCA2019, advocacy and civil society groups will hold the Climate Neighbourhoods programme at different locations in the historic centre. The Transition Towns Workshop on 20 May will provide a variety of initiatives with an opportunity for networking. Several events are scheduled for the day before the conference, 21 May: the project conference ‘Bridging European and Local Climate Action’ (BEACON), the Youth Climate Summit, bringing together young people from all over the world, the meeting of the global Under2Coalition, the final session of Cities Fit for Climate Change and the first Climate Neighbourhoods (CN) excursions as well as a Science Slam, setting the stage for ICCA2019 and the associated CN. On the first day of the conference, on 22 May, cities and towns from Baden-Württemberg will come together for the Municipal Climate Action Congress and no less than three award programmes will recognise their winners: Impact Hub’s Better Together Award, the Energy Saving Teams from Heidelberg schools and the “Good Energy Management” municipal competition. On the morning of the second conference day, on 23 May, Heidelberg’s mayor Eckart Würzner will chair the Mayors Session. Following the main ICCA2019, participants and press representatives are invited to visit good practice examples of municipal climate action on guided tours offered by Climate Neighbourhoods. At the same time, Energy Cities will hold its membership meeting in the city hall.