Cities and regions against climate change

Cities and regions against climate change

it is crucial that we continue to enable our cities to address and solve climate challenges, writes Lars Tveen

Ahead of COP21, EU cities and regions are seeking a bigger role and an expanded toolbox to implement any climate agreement reached in Paris.

The EU’s negotiating line will be based on the bloc’s targets for 2030, agreed in October last year—a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, a 27% share for renewables in energy consumption and a 27% increase in energy efficiency, compared to 1990 levels.

But no matter what agreement is ultimately reached, EU regions claim it won’t be effectively implemented without an enhanced role for local authorities.

This Special Report is also available in French (lire la couverture ici).

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