How can energy and water suppliers get involved in climate and water protection? The Badenova Innovation Fund in Freiburg can serve as a point of reference for new topics relating to climate and water protection in a region.
Badenova’s climate and water protection innovation fund has the goal of giving a financial boost to new projects for more environmental protection. Since it was launched in 2001, the innovation fund has invested well over 30 million euros in over 300 environmental projects. The innovative power of the projects was and is always the focus, not primarily the question of the revenue that can be generated with it in the future. The fund is financed by a three percent levy from the profit distributions from badenova to its more than 90 owner municipalities. This makes the fund unique in the German energy industry. Applications for new project ideas are expressly encouraged!” (Source: Badenova News)
Says Michael Artmann: “Of course, scalability is always the best thing – multiplying good solutions quickly promotes climate protection, but unfortunately it’s not always that easy to implement.”
Freiburg CVB shares content about water-related research, organizations, initiatives in their Green City with the meetings’ industry. The goal is to bring water and SDG 6 related action into the awareness of business events’ planners, as an innovative approach for meeting organizers to think in systems and to learn how to connect important sustainable development goals (like SDG for water) with the planning of meetings and events.
The global meetings industry has a strong voice and can use it to close gaps between awareness and action, impact and purpose can be achieved through events. To directly intervene in the development of an SDG like No 6 through behaviour change, new on-site programs, governance, legacy, and demonstration of change across all sectors, is a practical step into sustainability for any conference. Use “Water” as your anchor to demonstrate engagement.
If you plan a conference and want to discuss water (or other) legacy concepts, contact:
Christina Fritsch, Project Head Freiburg Convention Bureau / MICE / Netzwerk
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