The Climate Action Plan 2.0 operationalises the objectives laid out in the Alpine Climate Target System 2050, a strategy focused on the added value of Alpine-wide cooperation on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Climate Action Plan 2.0 was adopted by the XVI Alpine Conference in December 2020.
It seeks out synergies between different activities across sectors and borders, closing the gaps between actions and activities in order to address climate change – one of the most pressing challenges in the Alps.
The implementation pathways that lie at the heart of this document contribute to the goal of reaching climate-neutral and climate-resilient Alps by 2050.
The Climate Action Plan 2.0 was developed by the ACB during the working period 2019-2020 and prioritises specific measures to implement the Alpine Climate Target System 2050 in the ten sectors of activity; the horizontal topics (municipal action as well as research and development) are integrated in the sectoral proposals. The Climate Action Plan 2.0 focuses on the medium-term horizon (next five to ten years) and proposes detailed implementation pathways, which are about to be launched or can be launched within the next one to two years to be further developed until 2030.
Implementation pathways are at the core of the Climate Action Plan 2.0: the pathway approach ensures a smart sequencing and combination of measures and identifies measures with re-enforcing impacts. All implementation pathways were developed in a stakeholder approach, integrating inputs and ideas from various stakeholder groups during workshops, feedback rounds and expert interviews. The Thematic Working Bodies of the Alpine Convention were deeply involved in the process and they will further play a significant role in the implementation of the pathways.
Through the involvement of representatives of all Alpine States, the underlying implementation pathways and the Climate Action Plan 2.0 take into account the existing regional, national and transnational programmes and measures that are being implemented in various Alpine countries. In addition, good practices developed by Observer organisations and other relevant stakeholders were considered.
The Climate Action Plan 2.0 does not have the objective to duplicate ongoing activities. It shall rather ensure synergies between the different activities and close missing links, especially targeting cross-border action.
Under this approach, the ACB developed between two and four implementation pathways for each sector. Altogether 30 implementation pathways were designed.
The Climate Action Plan 2.0 calls for joint activities across sectors and borders, closing the implementation gap between strategies and actions in order to address climate change.
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Print copies of the report without the annex are available upon request from the Permanent Secretariat.