Basel: a sustainable city for exhibitions and conferences
Thanks to its exemplary energy policy, Basel was once again awarded the European Energy Award Gold in 2018. The city has also been committed to the vision of a 2000-watt society since 2001. The goal is to reduce energy consumption gradually to 2000 watts per person.
Actions and objectives for sustainable development
Basel aims to increase its energy efficiency and promotes the development of renewable energy and environmentally compatible mobility:
- 100% of its power consumption is covered by renewable energy sources.
- Basel has above-average public transport connections. A bus takes passengers from EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg to the Basel city centre in just 15 minutes. Zurich Airport is 70 minutes by train from Basel.
- In 2019, Basel was the first Swiss city to declare a climate emergency. As such, the Basel Parliament considers combating climate change a responsibility of the highest priority.
- Basel is an Energy City Gold, which is continuously working towards the efficient use of energy, climate protection and renewable energies.
- The Basler Verkehrsbetriebe will convert its entire bus fleet to electric mobility by 2027. This makes it a pioneer in Europe.
- Basel is a certified “city on the path to the 2000-watt society”.
- It has set itself the goal of reducing annual carbon emissions to one tonne per inhabitant by 2050.
- Hotel guests receive a free BaselCard, which allows them to use public transport for the entire duration of their stay – an effective measure to limit individual transport. In addition, the BaselCard can be used to rent an e-bike for only CHF 20.00 a day.
Basel takes ecological, economic and social aspects of sustainability into account in many other areas:
- Basel wants to promote sustainable, fair consumption and is seeking the distinction of being a Fair Trade Town.
- To promote sustainable food, Basel has signed up to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.
- Basel is a member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI city networks, which support projects and campaigns for sustainable urban development.
- The Congress Center Basel’s online climate calculator provides organizers with an overview of the climate impact and carbon footprint of their event. They can offset their emissions by supporting individually selected climate protection projects.