In keeping with our motto: “Less talk more action”, we believe showcasing successful examples of concrete projects that contribute to climate protection and sustainable development is the best way to encourage replication and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. We are therefore constantly seeking Best Practice Projects relating to developing and emerging countries which deliver a positive climate impact and set an example to others.
The organisation behind this project collection is the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT – The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative. This is a long-term platform to help regions, states and cities implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals and meet the global climate protection targets outlined in the Paris Agreement. We bring everyone together in order to increase partnerships and exchange experience and ideas. It is critical that we stay inspired and motivated in our efforts to implement the SDGs and to find effective ways to learn from one another.
Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the first AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT in 2017, under the direction of Monika Langthaler and under the patronage of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen. On the basis of this initiative, a major international climate conference is held once a year in the Vienna Hofburg.
The projects are selected by brainbows, the organizer of the AUSTRIAN WORLD SUMMIT and initiator of the Post Paris Navigator – an information and matchmaking platform for Austrian green tech companies interested in the realisation of sustainable, climate-resilient projects abroad.
The aim of this initiative is to raise companies’ awareness of climate action and speed up project implementation by matching relevant actors and facilitating successful entries into new markets. With this in mind, brainbows has established a networking community for the sharing of knowledge and experience, while providing information concerning the global climate change process and success factors of best practice projects.
Since developing and emerging countries play a crucial role in the implementation of the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and as project development in these economies can be particularly challenging, the Post Paris Navigator aims to focus on this region. The initiative is therefore supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and realised together with the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA).
We use the carbon storage capacity of trees to illustrate the amount of greenhouse gas emissions avoided per year by the climate projects presented here. This calculation is roughly based on an average tree in an Austrian industrial forest, which absorbs about 1 ton of CO2 during its lifetime (80 years). On average, this is about 12,5 kg CO2 per tree, per year. In reality, the amount of carbon that can be bound depends on numerous factors, such as tree species, climate and soil quality, and can be significantly higher in tropical regions. Carbon bound in trees is re-released when they rot or burn. It therefore makes sense to use wood in construction, for example, thus containing it long-term. Even more important than binding CO2 from the atmosphere is to prevent its release in the first place through responsible management and consumption based on renewable materials rather than fossil resources.