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Thursday, 19.04.2018

Project management

atene KOM
Julia Külß

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Background of the project

Fossil energy sources – besides nuclear energy – played a dominating role in energy production during a long time. Using fossil sources, such as oil or carbon, to an extend we do today, is problematic regarding their effects on climate change as well as their finiteness. This, together with the rising costs for fossil energy sources observed in recent years (which partly depend on their finiteness) and the presumption that these costs will remain on a high level and rise continuously in medium and long term constitute the overall background of PEA: From economic and ecologic points of view, it is not reasonable to base energy supply on fossil energy sources.

In this context, municipalities and local governments have a key role in a number of ways:

Due to their closeness to citizens they have excellent potential to guide the process of change by changing their own energy use in municipal operations (corporate sector).

They have the opportunity to lead change among citizens and businesses (community sector) and potentially local industry.

On the local level, energy is used in many ways, and municipalities are responsible for public services regarding energy provision etc. This means that there is potential for improvement on a municipal level.

Municipalities have to take responsibility in climate protection and local energy security and they should play an integral role in achieving the Kyoto goals and beyond. Action on the highest political levels is necessary, but worthless without action on the lowest levels, as ambitious goals will not be reached.

Taking into account not only the ecological issues, but only the economic ones, the consequences of rising costs are manifold.

With respect to municipalities and counties it is to be stated, that they will be affected by an increase of costs for services of public interest, such as transportation or the provision of heat and electricity. Resulting from these rising expenses, an increasing financial pressure for public utilities such as schools, sport facilities, or the town hall, as well as burdens for the local economies are arising.

In addition, small towns often have to face a decreasing number of inhabitants, especially in rural areas.