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Cities showcase sustainable infrastructure initiatives at 2013 Global Energy Basel Summit

January 22, 2013

Over 250 representatives from local and national governments, financial institutions, NGOs, businesses, international organizations and networks gathered in Basel, Switzerland on 22-23 January for the 3rd Global Energy Basel (GEB) Summit – an annual conference on financing sustainable infrastructure.

ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin and Ariane Pflaum, Council member of Freiburg and active member of ICLEI’s Future City Leaders Initiative, are amongst the key speakers at the event.

Cities introduce their projects at the Investment Forums, including ICLEI Member Cities such as Buenos Aires (Argentina), Shimla (India), Dumangas (The Philippines) and Cape Town (South Africa).

Buenos Aires has a proposal on incorporating hybrid electric buses into the present urban bus fleet, Shimla aims to develop a more comprehensive city mobility plan with expanded public and non-motorized transportation, Dumangas proposes reclaiming the foreshore area on Panay Island to protect shoreline and promotes tourism, while Cape Town introduces a city-owned buildings retrofit program that encompasses auditing, energy efficiency retrofits, training and behavior change programs.

Workshops and sessions covering sustainable infrastructure financing topics such as policy making, investment solutions and other best practices on energy, water use and waste management are held on both dates. The Summit also hosts a Capacity Building Day where participants learn about GEB’s self-assessment tool – a set of grading tools for evaluating the social, economic and ecological aspect of infrastructure projects.