Valencia, October 27, 2023. Between October 25 and 27, the XXXIII Crue-Sustainability Conference “University and City: towards climate neutrality” took place at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, focused on analyzing the role of universities in the decarbonization of cities . The main objective is to debate and study all the perspectives of an effective collaboration between these two agents, based on teaching, research and innovation. At the end of the meeting, a manifesto was approved with recommendations to achieve climate neutral cities.
The president of the Crue Sector Commission for Sustainability and rector of the University of Burgos, Manuel Pérez Mateos, presided over the opening ceremony where he emphasized the importance of taking advantage of the “privileged position of universities between public agents and private entities” to actively work and “offer knowledge to address climate challenges at national and transnational levels level.” On his part, the rector of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, José E. Capillahost of these conferences, stressing that we are facing “important progress in concrete actions and policies” to, in the medium term, “put the Spanish University System in front of environmental sustainability.”
The manifesto containing the main conclusions of the conference includes measures that will mark the road map for progress towards climate neutrality. The promotion of transdisciplinary research, the promotion of mechanisms that go beyond the usual transactional model of knowledge or the provision of university campuses as spaces for debate and experimentation on an urban scale are some of the proposals to join campuses in this common goal.
Thanks to these annual Conferences, the development of active plans of collaboration and joint action is promoted, in this edition, focused on the ecological transition of cities. In various sessions and presentations, specific plans were studied to fulfill the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, as well as to monitor the European Green Deal, whose roadmap is to achieve climate neutrality. The knowledge and innovation that universities can offer is the guarantee of success for the wide set of institutional, economic and civic actors that must participate in its implementation.