At the end of November 2018, the European Commission adopted its 2050 vision for a climate-neutral Europe. In its bold long-term strategy, the EU executive body stressed the importance of local actions in reaching the ambitious goals set by the Paris Agreement.
Are European cities ready to take on this challenge? We interviewed representatives of Covenant signatory cities that have already developed their own long-term roadmaps. This week, the City of Grenoble presents its vision and its ambitious perspective on citizen participation.
Could you tell us about your Grenoble’s 2050 vision? How does being part of the Covenant of Mayors help you fulfil your ambitions?
Grenoble’s 2050 vision is based on European, national and local objectives. For example, the agglomeration’s energy master plan aims to reach - 22% in energy consumption, - 30% in fossil energy and + 35% in renewable energy by 2030.
On this basis Grenoble has defined three strategic axes for its area:
For several years, the city has been prioritising actions. Thanks to its perseverance and a constant will to move forward, Grenoble got the “Cit'ergie” label. We are now confident enough to apply for the next “European Green Capital” award.
Networking and experience sharing between elected representatives and between technicians in the framework of the Covenant of Mayors encouraged us to be more ambitious. Thanks to the European Covenant of Mayors, cities are motivated to continue on their energy transition paths in spite of the obstacles they may face.
Citizen participation is at the core of your roadmap. How did you ensure that all relevant players could express their views and take part in the roadmap preparation?
Habitants, NGO, academics, professionals... Grenoble promotes both the emergence of citizen initiatives, but also the involvement of a broad spectrum of actors in the actions carried out by the municipality:
This diversity of tools available allows everyone to contribute in the way that suits them best, and thus creates a real "urban laboratory" of transitions. These projects will be put in the spotlight in March 2019 at the “Biennale des villes en transition” organised by the City of Grenoble
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