The Crystal Sustainability Series: Buenos Aires’s Guillermo Dietrich and Governing Mayor of Oslo Stian Berger Røsland

Today, “The Crystal Sustainability Series” continues with contributions from Guillermo Dietrich – Head of Transport in Buenos Aires - and Stian Berger Røsland– Governing Mayor of Oslo.

Guillermo Dietrich – Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires recently collected its trophy for the City Climate Leadership Award ‘Citizen’s Choice’ category, winning one third of all votes cast in this people-powered prize. Whilst attending the awards in London earlier this year, Guillermo Dietrich spoke about the importance of frequent and reliable public transport:

We must isolate buses from congestion. And doing that, like in Buenos Aires, you can reduce [travel time] by 50%. The most important incentive for people to leave the car and take the bus is time, and time is our most valuable resource.

He also spoke about Buenos Aires’ approach to urban sustainability:

We are convinced that today we must work thinking of tomorrow. We are working very hard to have a cleaner city and a better future for us and our kids.

Stian Berger Røsland – Oslo

The Crystal Sustainability Series continues with Governing Mayor of Oslo Stian Berger Røsland discussing how good waste management can encourage sustainable behavior among citizens, and how urban governments can lead by example.

“The overall goal is to reduce the amount of resources that we use, and I think that a well functioning waste management system can create incentives and an awareness in the population.”

Stian Berger Røsland also explained:

“We now have a system in place which enables us to recycle 94% of our citizens’ waste either to energy recycling or to material recycling. We use our leftover food for producing biogas for our public buses and the leftover from that is used for fertilizing.”

He also discussed the role of city governments when setting sustainability targets:

“We set a standard in the council that by 2014 all new city buildings shall be in the Passivhaus standard or equivalent. Our public transport authority has a goal of increasing the fossil-free fueling of their buses and trams and metros. We have exciting new schemes for reducing the number of offices and homes that use oil for their heating.”

More About The Crystal Sustainability Series

Filmed at the C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Awards event in September 2013, “The Crystal Sustainability Series” chronicles several cities’ stories through interviews with mayors and leading experts.

To date, we have published interviews with former Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Ritt Bjerregaard, CEO of the Climate Group Mark Kenber, Director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment Melanie Nutter, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan and European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas.