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Alpine towns and businesses create the climate

Mar 25, 2014

The end of January 2014 saw mayors, large and small companies, climate representatives and NGOs discussing new approaches to climate protection in the Swiss town of Brig-Glis, with the Alpine-wide Alpstar project also offering impetus. Interviews with experts and participants can now be heard.

How do businesses and municipalities get their employees or citizens to leave their cars behind and travel to work by bus or by bike? This was one of the topics of discussion at the workshop “Climate change as an impulse for the economy: paths to a climate-neutral city” held in Brig-Glis on 31 January 2014. Daniel Öhry, mobility manager at the head office of the Hilti corporation in Schaan, Liechtenstein, gave a presentation on how his company, via the Alpstar project, is encouraging employees to switch to bikes and public traffic by introducing showers, competitions and information campaigns.

The Alpstar project has also resulted in the “Wirtschaft MOBIL” [Economy MOBILE] platform, an alliance of private and public employers in Vorarlberg whose aim is the promoting of mobility by bicycle. Martin Reis, an expert on mobility and energy-efficient municipalities at the Vorarlberg Energy Institute, recounted how enterprises can learn from one another, reduce costs and increase quality of life.
Alpstar is an Alpine-wide project that aims to show how the Alps can become climate-neutral by taking measures in different regions. One of its partners is the “Alpine Town of the Year” association. Alpstar is co-financed by the European Union’s Alpine Space Programme and will run until June 2014.

Interviews, images and presentations from the workshop and information on further examples can be found at

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