Effective Climate Leadership in Cities: Lessons from Germany

Germany is known for its ambitious national energy policies, but its cities are also home to some important innovations.

We all know about the Copenhagens and Oslos of the world that are leaders in climate action, but those big names are not the only ones forging ahead in this space. The City of Osnabrück is one of the 19 German cities and counties engaged in a federal research project to set and achieve ambitious renewable energy targets. Since signing onto Germany’s Climate Action Master Plan in 2012, Osnabrück’s Energiewende (energy transition) is on track for 100% renewable electricity, 90% renewable heating and cooling, and 60% renewable transportation by 2050.

Join us for a free public dialogue with Detlef Gerdts, Head of Department of the Environment and Climate Protection at the City of Osnabrück, as we learn from an inspiring example of climate leadership in Germany.

We’ll explore the following guiding questions: What is the City of Osnabrück doing to achieve its ambitious renewable energy and climate goals? What have been their challenges and successes, and what can other leaders learn from the German experience?

When: Tuesday, June 7 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Where: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 2270

Webcast: Can’t make the dialogue? This event will be webcast live, courtesy of our partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Want a webcast reminder email? You may order a free webcast reminder ticket from the event page. Join the conversation on Twitter at #REcities and Tweet your questions to @CarbonTalks

Registration: Please reserve your free seat here.