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Climate neutral Region Oberland-Ost

HUB BERN | Project AUE-1

Our goal:

The region Oberland East aims to become climate neutral. With its global standing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it seeks to set a good example and make a significant contribution to the transformation process towards sustainable tourism. The goal is to show that it is possible to use and protect nature simultaneously.

The Oberland East region is ideally equipped to become the first official CO2-neutral region in Switzerland. Photo: Interlaken Tourism

In a nutshell:

Regions in the Alps are disproportionately affected by climate change. At the same time, they also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, bear a special responsibility. The Oberland East region has the best conditions for setting a good example. Until now, there has been no initiative that served to define the overall objectives and roles of different actors in the process, as well as to address remaining knowledge gaps.

The project aims to drive innovations for the entire region:

A scientific sub-project will collaboratively develop, test, and evaluate locally adapted climate protection innovations with stakeholders from the region, such as business, politics, and academia. Through a series of workshops involving various regional actors, a shared understanding of the problem has been developed, and priorities have been defined. These focus areas include:

- Energy production and supply

- Buildings and housing

- Mobility

- Tourism

- Communication, education, and participation

- Private, agricultural, and forestry sectors

- Consumption and nutrition

With the support of a so-called climate coach from the Regional Conference Oberland East, initiatives related to these development priorities will be launched. The climate coach also serves as a central point of contact for regional climate-related issues. Various events are organized to motivate stakeholders and foster connections on diverse thematic topics.

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In collaboration with:

Office for Environment and Energy of the Canton of Bern

Implementation partners:

Regionalkonferenz Oberland-Ost (RKOO) and Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern.


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