The aim of the activities was to initiate a debate among many sectors of the society and different areas of the municipality in order to make the city’s local plan for climatic action.
Throughout the morning, the attendees were shown the results of the list of Greenhouse Gases which yielded that the principal activities causing the GHG emanations were the use of private transportation (38.2%), the electric energy consumption in residential, commercial or institutional premises (31.9%) and the creation and final disposition of residues (14.3%). Representatives of different organizations participated in the activities, including the Salta Association of Students of Natural Resources and Environmental Issues [Asociación Salteña de Estudiantes de Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente]; the Foundations “Generando Conciencia” and “NaHuAEL”; the NGO “JCI Salta”; the University “Universidad Nacional de Salta”; the Association of Natural Resources and Environmental Issues’ Professionals [Asociación de Profesionales en Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente], along with many public officers of several areas.
In the afternoon a workshop took place so as to allow the principal working guidelines regarding mitigation and adaptation towards climate change in 2030 to be set. In this workshop participated the Department of Environmental Education, the Undersecretary of Special Inspections, the Undersecretary of Sustainable Transport, the General Department of Urban Planning, the General Department of Urban Green Spaces, the General Department of Social Responsibility, the Undersecretary of Environmental Policies, the General Department of Environmental Supervision, the Secretary of Municipal Affairs, and the Municipal Council.
Some of the core strategies regarding the adaptation towards climate change are related to the environmental urban planning; the risk prevention due to waterlogging or overflows of rivers and channels; and the maximization of an early warning system, among others. On the other hand, regarding the GHG mitigation strategies, the attendees proposed some actions to be developed, such as the replacement of urban luminaires for LED technology (nowadays 2,600 places of the city already have this technology), the promotion of laws in order to improve the energy efficiency in new building constructions, the implementation of energy efficiency plans for publicly-owned buildings, the promotion of the use of bicycles by means of the improvement and expansion of the cycle path network, and the promotion of in-house separation of urban solid waste so as to reduce the burning of methane gas produced in the garbage dump or landfills.
This is how the city of Salta continues with the process of climate planning established by the Weather and Energy Mayors’ Compact [“Pacto de Alcaldes por el Clima y la Energía”], an international city movement that puts together the efforts of 9,200 local governments and leads the climate action in the Argentine northwest. Moreover, the mayor of the city, Gustavo SÁENZ, is a member of the RAMCC Council as from March, 14th, and was elected at the RAMCC Annual Meeting of Mayors. At the meeting, the member local governments committed themselves to work in four angles throughout this year:
• Education / Communication;
• A national plan of afforestation;
• Energy efficiency and renewable energies (with emphasis put in energetically efficientpublicly-held buildings), and
• A comprehensive management of residues in the framework of a circular economy.
Sworn Translator: Ivana Florencia Tabares Rubiano.