Climate and energy are key issues of the future. They bring with them technological, economic, and social challenges and upheavals that can only be shaped in a sustainable way through cooperation. Therefore, the involvement of stakeholders and civil society is crucial.

The reduction of greenhouse gases is central to climate change mitigation. A fact which is finding more and more political support. According to current knowledge, the medium-term goal of zero emissions will only be achievable if, in addition to massive reductions, a reduction in CO2 is realized for unavoidable emissions. This is known as negative emissions. An open and diverse debate about this topic is essential and must be held today. It is further becoming clear that climate adaptation will require more than just economic and technological answers. Rather, it is important to clarify socially, how we can and want to react to the consequences of climate change. For example, we will need to deal with weather extremes, natural hazards, and regions that become uninhabitable.

The required developments in energy policy pose new challenges for the planning, implementation, and communication connected to energy infrastructures. The prevention or resolution of conflicts between operators, citizens, and organizations through communication must not be understood as "gaining acceptance". Rather, the energy strategy and each project must be conceptualized and communicated from the outset in such a way that the affected population is involved and can make informed decisions. In order for such a dialogue to be perceived as transparent and credible, the impartiality of the facilitation is important. Not all energy projects need (comprehensive) participatory dialogues. Continuous monitoring of public perception helps to decide when to consider which forms of dialogue.
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Swiss Carbon Removal Platform

The Swiss Carbon Removal Platform (CDR Swiss) is built on the conviction that a broad portfolio of sustainable carbon dioxide removal (CDR) approaches is required to reach Net-Zero and meet Switzerland’s climate protection goals.

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Geothermal Energy Riehen

In Riehen, Wärmeverbund Riehen AG (WVR AG) is planning to commission a second geothermal plant with the “geo2riehen” project. WVR […]

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