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Short-standing quality – the municipalities as restructuring actors in the green shift

In June 2018, KS sent an invitation to municipalities and county municipalities to participate in and further develop knowledge about how best to implement conversion to a low-emission society based on local and regional advantages. This will be implemented as a practical development work in 12 municipalities / county municipalities based on recommendations and knowledge from the report «Short-lived Quality» (2016). The 12 municipalities / county municipalities participating in the project will each receive assistance from the knowledge communities of the authors of the «Short-lived Quality» Report (Cicero, Civitas and Insam) to develop a platform for conversion work and work on concrete restructuring measures. In addition, there will be at least two annual collections for all participants.

«Short-lived quality. What does conversion to a low-cost community for the municipal sector mean? «Is a R & D project for KS. The project will provide a basis for a strategy for the municipal sector’s work with conversion to a low-emission society. Through the climate agreement in Paris in 2015 and the national climate settlement, a broad consensus has been established that the low-emission society is dependent on large-scale conversion. This means reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level equivalent to 1-2 tonnes per capita in 2050, ie 80-90 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The municipal sector can become a leading player in realizing the transition to the low-emission society. By using and developing its legitimacy as a democratic social actor, the municipalities can stimulate significantly more and profound innovation processes. Emission-reducing measures should take place regardless of whether the emissions occur locally or if they are related to activity, consumption or production that occurs outside the municipal boundaries. The municipalities are advised to base on the themes of construction, transport and food, and that both efficiency, development and conversion measures are implemented.

An approach that focuses on realizing more community goals, while developing local qualities can be crucial for realizing the low-emission society. Thinking of short journeys and developing communities and living environments with a lot of qualities is central to reducing the need for resource use. The municipalities are recommended to establish a politically-based «strategic platform» that clarifies the ambition level and guidelines for the conversion work. It is recommended to build on a cyclical approach that involves collaboration and resource sharing in a way that provides synergies (win-win solutions) and strengthens «short-term qualities».

The project was conducted by insam as, Civitas and Cicero on behalf of KS. insam has been project manager and co-author.

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