Ist Atlantic Forum on Sustainable Development

Last September 30th, Vigo City Council held a major conference on the diverse issues of the Sustainable development on the Atlantic Area. The session was opened by M. Abel Caballero, Vigo Mayor, who described the protection of the environment as a protection of the future. He insisted on the importance of networks such as the Spanish Network of Cities for Climate, and the aim for a “human” city, which is sustainable and attractive.

M. Parajó explained the enormous influence of transport on the climate and proposed a “walking city” that privileges non-polluting transport means feeded by renewable sources. Custom and opinion barriers should be removed. M. García explained how the electric vehicle system is implemented in Vigo city, with 100 charging points and a important fleet of vehicles that allow real car-sharing; progressing from the “stop-auto” to a real “mobile-auto”.

Enrique Roca, from the USC and Emérito Freire, INEGA, presented practical multi-criteria and multi-stage tools for enterprises to measure and, reduce carbon impact and even give value-added concerning eco-design. Biomass should be counted on as renewable source of energy.

Other sessions focused on the reliable resources to be implemented concerning ecological tagging (APROEMA) and observatories (BIC Galicia), as well as the installations of wind energy and the limits of the current economic system.

The session was closed by Ms. Rosa Leis (ADTERRA) and Tamara Guirao (CAAC) that introduced  the context of the Atlantic Arc Cities so as to present the short delivery chain managed by local authorities and the experiences of ANATOLE project as an appropiate scheme to ensure a more respectful market system concerning food.

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