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Programme ‘24

We need to radically rethink how we want to design our future. Compromise and sacrifice? Or might technological development save us?

The vast consumption of our planet’s resources and its catastrophic implications for the environment require us to rapidly deploy renewable energy systems and come up with a new way of interacting with our environment. How can we achieve this transition? How can we cover our need for sustainable infrastructure on a large scale? And how do we enable innovation to support us along the way?

Our speakers, all of whom are decision-makers and experts from various fields, will provide fresh input, approaches and perspectives on these questions. Find out more in our programme of the Municipal Summer Talks 2024.

Kommunaltage 31.08. (25 von 45)
Programme 2024

Rethink the system. Let’s kick-start the process together.

    • Discussion
    Topic

    Recognising the signs of the times. Addressing the current situation.

    National & international climate targets are presenting us with growing challenges. We need to implement solutions now. How can we achieve this? What does it take?

    • Impulse
    Topic

    Rethinking Infrastructure. Innovations & investments for the green revolution.

    Infrastructure is the key to a sustainable society. New green technologies harbour enormous potential. We must enforce and, above all, finance them.

    • Impulse
    Topic

    Enough with the words. Let deeds follow.

    We are living in a time to change. Europe must find its role in the new world order – and utilise the opportunities that present themselves. Can Europe still play a leading role?

    • Discussion
    Topic

    Dealing with land and soil. An inventory.

    Too much construction and concreting are taking place at the moment. How can we make better use of old properties and derelict building land?

    • Discussion
    Topic

    Green. The new gold.

    Green hydrogen will play a major role in the new energy mix; green steel is revolutionising an entire industry. How far have we come? What other possibilities are available?

    • Impulse
    Topic

    Let’s reinvent ourselves. We need more confidence.

    We know that we must change somethings. But to what extent are we prepared to accept these changes? Let’s translate challenges into opportunities. Insights into futurology.

    • Discussion
    Topic

    Time to act. Spotlight on town centres.

    Revitalising town centres creates quality of life and is the basis for a flourishing economy. How can we turn centres into focal points again?

    • Discussion
    Topic

    The role of money. Sustainable investment in the future.

    Where and how should investments be made in order to generate the greatest impact for society? Politicians, private investors, companies, municipalities and countries – everyone can and must make a contribution here.

    • Discussion
    Topic

    Joint effort for a strong grid. Sustainable & affordable.

    There is enough electricity available. But can we also transport it quickly and safely across the country? The grid needs to be expanded considerably. How quickly can we do that?

    • Reception
    Topic

    Reception & dinner at the Blaa Alm.

    • Impulse
    Topic

    Inflation Reduction Act. Climate pioneer USA.

    The USA want to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and combat the climate crisis. Is this model example for Europe? An initial assessment.

    • Impulse
    Topic

    Looking into the future. Sustainably successful.

    It takes more than one legislative period to implement sustainable policies. The future must be shaped by all of us. At and from all levels.

    • Impulse
    Topic

    Together instead of side by side. Shared space.

    What unites us must replace what divides us. Controversies can be overcome together. Always on equal footing and with openness.

    • Impulse
    Topic

    Confidence is key. Clever climate policies.

    How much longer will we be able to experience winters with heavy frost and lots of snow? How much time do we have left to turn the proverbial tide? What do we need to do?

    • Discussion
    Topic

    Greening the economy & society. Impact & effect.

    Courage is the order of the day. Embrace the opportunities offered by new developments. Everyone needs to take responsibility.

    • Discussion
    Topic

    Ignoring the facts. Times have changed.

    It’s not just Austria that is holding elections this year, half the world is being called upon to make a political decision. What does a vote count for today?

     

Speaker 2024

Our speakers in 2024.

They come from the worlds of business, science and politics. They will share their insights and perspectives, experiences and ideas. And they are all united by their desire to make a difference.

  • Gerhard Christiner © APG Rudi Fröse
    Gerhard Christiner
    Member of the Board of Austrian Power Grid AG
  • Joschka Fischer © Joschka Fischer
    Joschka Fischer
    former Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Germany
  • Mojib Latif © J. Steffen – GEOMAR
    Mojib Latif
    Head of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre
  • ©
    Hans Rusinek
    Economist, University of St. Gallen
  • Schönborn © Josef Kuss
    Christoph Schönborn
    Cardinal and Archbishop of Vienna
  • Martijn van Koten © OMV AG
    Martijn van Koten
    OMV Board Member