The goal of reducing global warming to +1.5°c requires us to reduce not only the greenhouse gas emissions caused by our direct activities (heating, cooling, mobility, electricity consumption, etc.), but also the emissions that have already been generated outside the usual limits of consideration through our consumption - as it were, stuck in the products. This "emission backpack" contained in the products is almost as large as the direct emissions.
While many countries, regions and cities have developed strategies to reduce local emissions, there is often no plan to reduce the emissions contained in the purchased products. erscp21 will consider both aspects: the possibilities to reduce the production of climate-relevant gases as well as to reduce upstream emissions by changing consumer behaviour. It will be essential that cities - where already more than half of the world's population lives - and economic sectors reduce emissions, adapt to climate change and take resilience measures.
For many of us, it is difficult to imagine how cities and societies will function from an economic and social point of view once the +1.5° target is reached. What do cities look like, what is their relationship with their surroundings? What and how much will we work and how will we move? Which industries will gain in importance, which will lose? What will we eat, what will we produce? People are also hardly aware of the many benefits that will result from a significant reduction in emissions in cities. These benefits include not only better health through cleaner air and greater safety with soft mobility but also more liveable urban spaces.
TU Graz | Institut für Prozess- und Partikeltechnik, StadtLABOR Innovationen für urbane Lebensqualität
8. September 2021, 08:30 - 10. September 2021, 13:00
TU Graz, Campus Inffeldgasse