Luxembourg had its ‘Overshoot Day’ last Tuesday. That is, on February 14th, our country had theoretically used up all its natural and renewable resources of the year. So we live far beyond our means.
This fact is due to our high carbon footprint. This shows how much Luxembourg still depends on fossil fuels. It is all the more important for the DP that we reverse this trend as quickly as possible.
This applies not only at national level, but also at local level.
Climate change and the energy crisis will therefore also play a very important role in the local elections on June 11th, because it is clear that local politicians must live up to their responsibilities here.
The DP wants to consistently strengthen local efforts in the fight against climate change. We need to switch more to sustainable and energy-efficient technologies. I’m thinking of the expansion of climate-neutral power generation, which can be achieved by expanding photovoltaic systems on municipal buildings. The measures of the Climate Pact 2.0 should be implemented as far as possible. Another possibility is partnerships with local and regional energy cooperatives.
But we can also act at short notice, such as switching street lighting to LED. Prescribe more environmentally friendly materials in construction projects. Expand climate-friendly subsidies. Sustainable criteria for events at the municipal level. Switch the municipal vehicles gradually to CO2-neutral vehicles. Expand wind power generation. Create consulting agencies for individuals and companies at a local or regional level. These are just a few examples of how to protect our environment and that of future generations.
However, all climate policy decisions must be discussed together with the people. The DP is considering regular awareness and information campaigns as well as town meetings. Everyone has to get involved because we are all in the same boat.
The same is true for our economy. And here I am thinking primarily of agriculture. A sector most affected by climate change, but also one that can do a lot of positive things. That is why it is so important to involve this sector and look for solutions with all representatives of agriculture. With each other and not against each other. That’s the only way we can make progress. We can only master the great challenges if we seek direct dialogue and work together on site to find targeted solutions. That is the goal and it is worth working towards. Also in the municipalities.