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Green City Accord


Introduction
 
Cities can lead the way to make Europe’s environment safe and sustainable. Many successful actions have already been taken at local level, but further efforts are necessary to face this century’s environmental challenges.
 
The concept
 
The Green City Accord is a movement of European mayors committed to safeguarding the natural environment and making cities cleaner, healthier and more resource-efficient. It will support cities in their efforts to become more environmentally sustainable and thereby improve city dwellers’ quality of life.
 
This voluntary initiative is open to all cities in the European Union. Participating cities enjoy the following benefits:

  • Increased visibility for their environmental efforts
  • A framework for managing local resources more effectively and support for more integrated delivery of environmental goals
  • Technical support to plan and implement environmental actions through a helpdesk, peer-learning and capacity-building
  • Improved access to information about financing
  • Opportunities to exchange knowledge and good practices with other cities
  • A line of communication between cities and European policy-makers.
 
Objectives
 
The Green City Accord will complement the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, by addressing issues not covered by the Covenant. It will also build coherence with other EU urban initiatives and support the delivery of the European Green Deal and of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 
The Accord will mobilise cities willing to step up their actions in five areas of environmental management:
  • Improving air quality
  • Enhancing nature and biodiversity
  • Reducing noise pollution
  • Improving municipal waste management and advancing the circular economy
  • Improving the quality of water bodies and the efficiency of water use
 
What is CEMR’s role?

Within a consortium made up of three European networks of local governments (Eurocities, ICLEI et CCRE), we promote the Accord among relevant stakeholders and hold capacity-building workshops for municipalities and cities. We also encourage potential partners to participate in the initiative (European or national associations).
 
Next steps

The Accord is expected to be launched – and opened for mayors’ signatures – in October 2020, during the European Week of Regions and Cities. The project’s current iteration will last two years.

More information
 
Green City Accord website: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/urban/green_city_accord.htm
 
Contact point: contact@greencityaccord.eu
 
CEMR coordinator: Axelle Griffon (Axelle.Griffon@ccre-cemr.org)

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