Most of the population and, therefore, collective intelligence, is concentrated in cities. If everyone (citizens, businesses, institutions, the local authority, etc.) works together and there is cooperation between cities and regions, the change we need will come about.

Lines of action

16. Building together

Strengthen the climate culture and promote citizen training in reducing emissions and adapting to climate change.


  • 16.1. Establish a specific call for grants to promote the citizen climate agenda, thus rewarding innovation and cooperation (2018).
  • 16.2. Reinforce the support programmes in schools, shops and local organisations as spaces for climate awareness and action (2020).
  • 16.3. Highlight the commitments, actions and good practices of the various stakeholders (2020).
  • 16.4. Put a sustainability reference figure in place in each district with a strategic vision of environmental and climate change issues, with an overview of the participants in the district and the capacity to offer advice and support (2020).
  • 16.5. Strengthen the participation of the local community in defining urban development, green development and mobility plans for mitigating the effects of climate change (throughout the whole process) (2020).
  • 16.6. Conduct campaigns on climate change and its effects through the appropriate media, and widely publicise options and habits that help to combat it,, countering all the myths (ongoing).
    • Encourage efficiency and savings in energy and water consumption.
    • Promote self-production and self-consumption using renewable energy.
    • Raise awareness of the need for responsible consumption, of local and second-hand products.
    • Promote sustainable mobility.
    • Promote waste reduction and encourage composting.

17. Climate cooperation

Making progress in reducing the city’s ecological debt and raising public awareness of the effects of climate change stemming from Barcelona on more vulnerable countries and societies.


  • 17.1. Learn more about the ecological/climate debt that prioritises actions that have the biggest impact on third parties (2025).
  • 17.2. Generate more active social involvement in highlighting the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable countries and societies,, as well as conduct educational and awareness campaigns on Barcelona’s ecological debt (ongoing).
  • 17.3. Define a comprehensive strategy for reducing Barcelona’s ecological debt, that prioritises actions that have the biggest impact on third parties (2025).
  • 17.4. Foster climate solidarity between peoples and develop projects that address the issue of correcting the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable countries and societies (2025).
  • 17.5. Promote cooperation between cities on climate justice, urban resilience and energy policy matters, and start up technical support processes between Barcelona City Council and other cities that are highly vulnerable to climate change (2025).
  • 17.6. Prepare to take in climate refugees (2030).

18. Let’s get organised

Incorporating changes on an organisational and working methodology level which will enable sustainability and resilience criteria to be integrated into city planning, transformation and management processes from an overall, systemic city perspective.


  • 18.1. Set up a climate office hat will adopt a mainstream approach to working on climate change in the administration and a committee to monitor the implementation of the Climate Plan actions consisting of the core team driving the plan and other key players (2018).
  • 18.2. Define and calculate the monitoring indicators for the Climate Plan and citizen coproduction products; draw up and publish periodic reports on compliance with the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (2018).
  • 18.3. Estimate the city’s carbon budget for meeting its acquired commitments (2018).
  • 18.4. Establir mecanismes de coordinació interna for ensuring notification of progress made and monitoring the associated sectoral plans (2018).
  • 18.5.  Establish the necessary external coordination mechanismsand communication between the various administrations (especially Barcelona Provincial Council, the Metropolitan Area and the Catalan government), as well as with other key city players, in order to create synergies and help to achieve the Climate Plan’s goals and targets, while boosting the role of the Citizen Council for Sustainability (2018).
  • 18.6.  Incorporate a climate line of action for putting resilience board projects into practice (2018).
  • 18.7. Make public, through Open Data, relevant information on climate impacts and any monitoring action carried out (transparency) (2018).
  • 18.8. Take part in city networks to foster the exchange of good practices and collaborate with benchmark international institutions, in order to position Barcelona as a model for climate action and report the results in line with acquired commitments (2018).
  • 18.9. Develop an internal training plan with specific training for staff directly involved in climate action, as well as information and awareness-raising sessions on the importance of climate change (2020).
  • 18.10. Study each neighbourhood’s contribution to generating greenhouse gases to determine possible inequalities (2020).
  • 18.11. Deploy the municipal energy operator which will drive renewable energy production in the city and facilitate its installation in public and private spaces (2020).
  • 18.12. Promote innovation and establish links with research centres to generate new knowledge on climate change.. Check what studies are currently under way to avoid overlapping and make the most of the funding available (2020).
  • 18.13. Learn more about the impact of climate change on keeping critical city services and infrastructures going (health services, utility supplies, etc.) and how they depend on each other (2020).
  • 18.14. Learn more about how climate change will affect Barcelona by taking part in the European RESCCUE project (2020).
  • 18.15. Do a study on the possible economic effect of climate change on each sector, especially tourism (2020).
  • 18.16. Study the reduction in energy expenditure linked to adapting working hours (2020).
  • 18.17. Include a common repository of climate information on the resilience platform that ensures accessibility to all the players involved (2020).
  • 18.18. Create a resilience atlas that includes vulnerability maps which ensure the information is accessible to all the municipal players involved in urban planning, development and services (2020).
  • 18.19. Map of all the climate initiatives put into practice and publish them in the resilience atlas (2020).
  • 18.20. Revise municipal emergency plans in the light of the new information generated on climate change (2020).
  • 18.21. Improve the communication systems with critical city facilities and services during extreme climate episodes (2020).
  • 18.22. Systematise the use of climate information between municipal technical staff, set up instruments that enable new information to be shared more effectively (resilience platform) and give staff the skills to use them, by means of the necessary training (extend the use of geographic information systems within the organisation to improve analysis capacity, etc.) (2025).
  • 18.23. Improve the public information provided in pollution episodes and warnings of new risks (2025).
  • 18.24. Revise and update the Climate Plan (2025).