Greenhouse gas-neutral administrations as role models

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Greenhouse gas-neutral administrations: Empowering professionals from public administrations to turn them into role models of transition
TES Academy transformation process, starting November 2023 with first workshop (3 days) in Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

Introductory information

The aim of greenhouse gas (ghg) neutral administrations is not simply a matter of reducing administrations’ direct climate footprint. Besides administrations’ credibility and function as role model, it is also about the purchasing power of the public sector and practical experience with climate protection.  In order to receive more attention and to be applied more widely, the criteria and necessary steps forward to make administrations ghg-neutral should be advertised, shared, discussed and further developed.

While a lot of research and discussions take place to further develop methodological concepts, criteria and IT tools regarding ghg-neutrality, the necessity of change management and institutionalisation within administrations seems not sufficiently addressed. On the one hand, the management level has to support the goal of ghg-neutrality and to communicate it resolutely and credibly to employees, contractual partners and the general public. Yet on the other hand, it has to make decisions on climate targets, empower the operational level to achieve them and provide adequate personnel, equipment and budget to implement the necessary measures. Such kind of empowerment as well as networks of people in charge for these processes are not sufficiently developed to foster the role model of public administrations from the municipal and regional to the national, European and global level. Therefore, it is necessary to enable the professionals in charge to act jointly in a cross-organizational manner and to keep the process of administrations towards ghg-neutrality on track.

For further information, please find a draft of our concept note here.

Workshop 7th – 9th November 2023 (3 days), Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

The transformation companionship will start with a workshop on 7th to 9th of November 2023 at UBA premises in Dessau-Rosslau.

If you are interested in joining this process, please contact us via email (tes-academy [at] uba [dot] de).

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