26–29 October 2005, hosted by the Ayuntamiento de Granada and held in the Hotel Nazariés.
Theme – Climate Change/ Urban Change.
The Granada Meeting was important in providing the basis of knowledge and understanding on the issue of climate change that was required to enable METREX to consider a metropolitan response.
It is clear that Europe’s urban areas are amongst the major generators of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that are affecting the global climate. Europe’s metropolitan areas must consider ways in which they can make major reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions, perhaps up to 80%.
Presentations were received from the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Management (UK). Case studies were received from London, Helsinki, Rotterdam and the ESPACE project. The Granada metropolitan area also provided a case study in which climate change was an issue.
The InterMETREX project offers one means through which this can be achieved, and an extension to the project will be sought to enable this to happen.
The METREX Practice Benchmark can be extended to provide guidance on effective practice through which metropolitan areas can become carbon light.