A road map to combat climate change

24/04/2018 - 19:33 h

Environment and sustainability. The Climate Plan is a cross-cutting programme to combat climate change from now until 2030, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 45%.

The Climate Plan 2018-2030 is a programme of cross-cutting action to combat climate change, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 45% and pledging to keep the average temperature rise no greater than 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century.

Climate change is here and cities, where the majority of people in the world live, have a responsibility and play a key role when it comes to mitigating its global effects. In line with the commitments made at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the City Council has presented its Climate Plan, a strategic programme with 242 measures to tackle the effects of climate change. The measures revolve around four main areas: mitigating the effects of climate change, adapting the city to the consequences of the problem, prioritising the most vulnerable collectives and getting the public involved in the fight.

The main goals of the plan are to:

  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45%.
  • Increase green space by 1.6 m2 per head per inhabitant and add more trees.
  • Reduce domestic water consumption to 100 litres per day.
  • Achieve 60% selective waste collection.
  • Multiply solar energy production in the city by five.
  • Eradicate energy poverty.

Action by the public and zero energy poverty

In order to spread climate culture to all neighbourhoods, 1.2 million euros is to be used for collaborative projects set up by the public to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, with each district also getting a cultural facility on sustainability. In order to eradicate energy poverty in the city, services and facilities will be strengthened and housing for those most vulnerable adapted to tackle climate change.

Transition to locally produced green and sustainable energy

The Climate Plan provides continuity for municipal policies on renewable and local energy already being implemented, such as the setting up of the municipal energy distributor and the promotion of self-generated solar energy by housing blocks with the intention of having buildings with negligible consumption. The move in favour of ethical banking as a way of backing research programmes on climate change continues.

Sustainable mobility, green space and zero waste

The plan includes measures to step up selective recycling by 25% and reach the figure of 60%, regaining public control of water and the reuse of groundwater. The roll-out of sustainability discounts will also be continued to attract national and international capital for the promotion of green projects. In terms of mobility, public transport will be strengthened in a bid to cut private transport by 20%.