The Uppsala Climate Protocol – A local climate agreement between the private and public sectors
In 2010, the City of Uppsala invited local actors operating in different sectors of society and in different industries to jointly take on the climate challenge. Today, the Uppsala Climate Protocol has grown to become an effective instrument in the work of achieving Uppsala's long-term climate goals; a fossil free Uppsala in 2030 and a climate positive Uppsala in 2050. The network has 42 members, consisting of companies, public agencies, universities and associations.
The Uppsala Climate Protocol was inspired by the UN's work on its climate convention and today acts as a local Paris Agreement. The ambition for the Uppsala Climate Protocol is to take the lead in climate work and to be a model for other cities.
The Climate Protocol has, since its start, continuously reduced the joint emissions of greenhouse gases. During the last programme period, which covered the period 2015-2018, the target was to reduce emissions by 4.7 % and energy use by 2.7 %. The results showed a reduction in emissions by a full 10 % and a reduction in energy use by 3.5 %. This was achieved despite both an increase in turnover and a growth in the population of Uppsala during the period.
The Climate Protocol's organisation and structure comprise several different working groups that work with organisation, guidance, process management and coordination.
The practical work of the Climate Protocol is concretised in different focus groups that are formed on the basis of the interests and needs of the members. Currently, there are seven focus groups in different areas: the selection of building materials, energy, sustainable freight transport, sustainable travel, sustainable urban development, reduction of plastics, and food. The network's focus groups play an important role in collaboration, inspiration and the exchange of knowledge and experience.
Environmental and management representatives from each member meet twice a year for discussions and decision making at Round Table meetings. Climate managers from each member meet four times a year for coordination, development and practical work. The City of Uppsala provides process management to guide and support cooperation in the Climate Protocol. There is also a Coordination Group, consisting of five members, who support the process management.
Members of the Climate Protocol have initiated several joint projects, which have resulted in innovative solutions for reducing emissions. An example is the "Spjutspetsar Mobility Management" (Cutting-Edge Mobility Management) project, in which the participating organisations worked together to encourage more people to choose to travel by public transport, bicycle or walking, instead of by car. The final results showed a reduction in emissions by 350 tonnes.
Another example is the project "Klimateffektiv plastupphandling" (Climate-efficient plastic procurement), in which the participating organisations worked together to minimise the use of plastic, to increase the recycling of plastic packaging and to increase the demand for recycled and renewable products. The focus was on changing the procurement criteria in order to encourage suppliers to increase their range of recycled and renewable plastics.
One ongoing project is "KlimatGott" (Climate Tasty), which aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from the food that is served at large restaurants in Uppsala. By climate labelling menus and presenting the climate impact of different items on the menu, the project makes it easier for consumers to make active choices.
The Uppsala Climate Protocol began its fourth period in autumn, 2018.
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