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Local Renewables Conference sends out a call for action

June 20, 2007

The conference, Local Renewables Freiburg 2007, held from 13-15 June 2007, clearly illustrated the reality, the effectiveness and the incredible potential of sustainable energy solutions implemented at the community level.

At the conclusion to this successful event, the Lord Mayor of Freiburg, Dr. Dieter Salomon, ICLEI and the participants adopted the Freiburg Outreach as a position paper and vision for the development of sustainable energy at local level. The Freiburg Outreach demonstrates why local governments should move towards 100% sustainable energy, what kind of local action is necessary for achieving this goal, and what legal frameworks need to be put in place at national and EU level to support such a movement.

“We are ambitious enough to use 100% of our potential, not only 2/3rds. To achieve this we require and insist on national and European support”, stated Lord Mayor Dr. Dieter Salomon.

More than 200 participants from 34 countries attended the conference, representing local governments, academia and the energy industry.  At the Conference they explored the interconnection between sustainable energy and three key issues relevant to local communities:  (1) climate protection, (2) security of energy supply, and (3) sustainable local development and local resources.

The conference was organized by ICLEI in close collaboration with the City of Freiburg.

For more information on the conference, please visit www.local-renewables2007.org or download the Freiburg Outreach here.