• 15 Jun 2020

    The Green City Accord: a new EU initiative for greener, healthier cities


    The European Commission is preparing the Green City Accord, a movement of European mayors committed to safeguarding the natural environment. The Accord will help cities achieve cleaner and healthier environments, thereby improving the quality of life of citizens. It will mobilise cities willing to step up their actions in five areas of environmental management:

    • Improving air quality
    • Enhancing nature and biodiversity
    • Reducing noise pollution
    • Improving municipal waste management and advancing the circular economy
    • Improving the quality of water bodies and the efficiency of water use.

     

    EUROCITIES, ICLEI and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) are supporting the European Commission in developing and implementing the initiative.

    What’s in it for cities?

    The Accord will offer cities:

    • The opportunity to gain visibility for their environmental efforts
    • A framework for managing local resources more effectively, helping cities deliver their environmental goals in a more integrated way
    • Technical support to plan and implement environmental actions through a helpdesk, peer-learning and capacity-building
    • Improved access to information about financing
    • Opportunities to exchange knowledge and good practices with other cities
    • A line of communication between cities and European policy-makers.

     

    By implementing the Accord, cities would also be delivering on the European Green Deal and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    What’s next?

    The Accord is expected to be launched – and opened for mayors’ signatures – in October 2020.

    This voluntary initiative will be open to all cities in the EU.

    Further information

    For more information about the initiative, please visit the Green City Accord website or send an email to contact@greencityaccord.eu.

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