EUROCITIES event at COP24: How cultural heritage can contribute to sustainability

  • culture
  • environment

A side event we're organising with partners at COP24 in Katowice on 6 December will explore how cities can work together to boost sustainable and inclusive business innovation in cultural heritage to raise ambitions in tackling climate change.

COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Preventing dangerous human interference with the climate system is the ultimate goal of the UNFCCC.

The purpose of the event, which we're hosting with partners from the European-funded project ROCK, Julie's Bicycle and Ecopreneurs for the Climate, will examine how urban sustainability frameworks can reinforce the potential of cultural heritage to drive urban development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Horizon 2020 ROCK project will be presented as an EU flagship initiative in this realm and a demonstrator of the contribution of cultural heritage to sustainable development in the urban environment.

Partners from ROCK will be joined by speakers discussing the role that sustainable and innovative solutions play in addressing urban challenges and ensuring urban sustainability. Good practice examples of heritage sites embedding good environmental practice in cities in Europe and the world will also be shared.

Pietro Ceciarini, founder of BackBO and winner of the ROCK hackathon in Bologna, will present his  'circollaborative' lab project - a circular economy laboratory in a co-working space in Bologna. This project, which enables people to transform their disposable packaging into valuable items and be rewarded for it,  represents the kind of action that can help our societies evolve away from a throw-away culture and contribute to the sustainable development of cities, benefiting the local economy, society and the environment.