It is being joined by 800 citizen associations it has prepared a document with for presentation at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP-21.
The Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has presided over the presentation ceremony of the Barcelona Commitment to Climate which was drawn up by representatives from 800 citizen associations linked to the + Sustainable Barcelona network. The commitment contains the roadmap and main measures for fighting the effects of climate change for the next two years. As the Mayor put it: “As big cities, we are part of the problem, though we can and must be part of the solution too, seeing that our lives depend on it.” She then added that the City Council was adopting “this Commitment as a genuine democratic mandate expressing the will and work of over 800 associations, which is why we’re here to govern, by listening to the people”.
Barcelona City Council will be presenting the Barcelona Commitment to Climate under the framework of COP21, the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in Paris, starting on 30 November. The conference will see the 196 states that ratified it attempting to reach a new agreement on the climate to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. During her talk at the presentation ceremony, Mayor Colau highlighted the need to face up to responsibilities, stating: “While cities cannot do everything, we in Barcelona are putting pressure on states to turn measures into facts.” The Commitment will also be presented for ratification at the next Full City Council Meeting this Friday, 27 November.
Barcelona Commitment to Climate’s roadmap proposes that city should have its per capita CO₂-emission levels cut down by the equivalent of 40% by 2030. As for adaptations, it also proposes that the city’s green areas should be increased by 1.6 square km, i.e. 1 square metre for each current city resident.
Projects led by the City Council
All that will be achieved by implementing a series of strategic measures and various projects, many of which are being run by the City Council, such as the creation of a municipal energy operator, the deployment of cold and heat grids, the Energy Savings and Efficiency Programme in Municipal Buildings, the Bicycle Promotion Plan, the design of a green corridor, the creation of a garden for biodiversity to conserve species and the creation of a population map of people whose health is vulnerable to climate change.