Olavarría goes on with the definition of its Climate Action Plan


26/03/2019

In charge of the workshop was Florencia Mitchell, technical advisor of RAMCC. During the day, the main work axes were designed. There were interventions of the representatives of the different municipal areas, where every one of them could contribute and debate about the goals and potential measures to be implemented facing 2030. In order to reduce the Green House Gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

This was the beginning of the constitution of the Local Plan of Climate Action of the Municipality Olavarría. The making of this plan is the continuation of the work that has been developing since 2016, the year in which Olavarría joined RAMCC and made its first GHGs Inventory.

More than fifteen representatives from the different areas of the Municipality participated in the activity, which shows the municipal commitment with Climate Action. The attendants enriched the workshop results, ensuring the cross directional character of the proposals and the multiplicity of views. The areas of Planning, Public Works, Private Works, Tourism, Mining, Open Government and Civil Defense participated among others.

Proposals targeting emissions reduction aroused from the activity, current activities were analyzed and those potential projects that would help to achieve them. Considering the results from the GHGs Inventory carried out, which highlights the energy consumption impact in its different forms, lines of work were established referring to the energy efficiency and the implementation of renewable energy in the city. Among these lines of work, the replacement of the luminaire by LED devices, the regulation of current policies of energy efficiency in buildings, the expansion of trade certification programs considering the criteria of energy saving, the work jointly with the main local industry for the implementation of the energy efficiency measures and the incentives for the renewable energy use at home. These actions and projects, complemented with the already defined ones related with the sustainable transport and the integral management of organic waste, would reinforce the efforts of Olavarría in minimizing GHGs emissions.

On the other hand, the main challenges that the city has to face with climate change were analyzed. The climate tendencies for the area were analyzed and the main vulnerabilities were recognized. New work lines of specific action aroused to guarantee that the population could effectively and efficiently face the possible extreme weather events, and also that their quality of life could improve. This work of analysis complements the risk study that was carried out by Civil Defense and gives a long-term perspective. Therefore, the focus was not only on the fast response to emergencies but also on the impact reduction strategies related with the reforestation and the adequacy of the land use in the new climate reality.

Translator: Valeria Calvas