The Barcelona Commitment to Climate, an exemplary initiative at the world climate summit

04/12/2015 - 19:13 h

Environment. The French government recognised this participatory project as a document which may contribute to the success of the Paris conference.

The French government, via the secretariat tasked with organising the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), has given the official seal to the preparation and promotion process of the Barcelona Commitment to Climate. The Mayor, Ada Colau, presented the initiative to other local leaders and defended a structural model change based on proximity and sustainability, calling for courage to take action together.

The Barcelona Commitment to Climate thus receives recognition which it shares with other exemplary initiatives. The committee which evaluated it and recognised the Barcelona City Council project with the seal is led by the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal.

Speaking at the main debate at the climate Summit for local leaders, Ada Colau affirmed that “cities have an unavoidable responsibility to tackle climate change and what’s needed is a structural model change based on proximity and sustainability”. Colau also noted that the Barcelona commitment, developed by City Council and local organisations alike, “aims to be a shared roadmap between local government and organisations to focus our future action on the mitigation and adaptation of climate change”.

The measures in the document include a proposal by Barcelona to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before 2030, in comparison to figures from 2005.

Ecoenergies district heating and cooling network

This project also received recognition at the summit and was selected with 100 other local initiatives to be profiled during the COP21 event at the TAP pavilion (Transformative Action Programme) via this website.