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And the first capital city to join the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is... Lisbon!
The Portuguese city of Lisbon is the first capital to join the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

On the 29 June, Lisbon’s municipal council made the decision to join to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. Lisbon has committed to the Covenant objectives of reducing its CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030, increasing resilience to climate change, and also strengthening its efforts to provide secure, sustainable and affordable energy to its citizens.

Mayor of Lisbon Fernando Medina
"Lisbon is leading the fight against climate change. The process underway in the city aimingat mitigating the impacts and creating the means for adaptation is embracing everyone: the inhabitants, visitors, businesses, the economy, employment and the environment fields. Together we are creating an inclusive and sustainable city, not only for the future, but already for the present."

City councillor Sà Fernandes (green structures and energy)
"Merging mitigation and adaptation targets under the same initiative was a very important decision for our city, in order to have an integrated approach in several programs we are developing. We are reporting remarkable results and thus, we are naturally ready to be the first European capital signing this climate commitment, and we have the ambition to go beyond it".

Lisbon has already been among the first cities to join the Covenant back in 2008. Its adhesion to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy will certainly inspire other (capital) cities to do the same. So far, over 200 cities have already commited to the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

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