2030: climate and energy targets are more ambitious
Renewed ambitions, redefined goals. The European Commission, within the scope of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, established as new objectives the reduction of emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) by 55% by 2030 and the achievement of carbon neutrality by 2050. The decision was communicated last April 21st and it’s an update of the commitment previously assumed, which was to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.
Although not mandatory, the European Commission calls for all the municipalities that are signatories to the covenant to reinforce the objectives to accelerate energy transition and to pave the way for a more climate-friendly society. In particular, cities are encouraged to intensify the involvement of citizens, businesses and other stakeholders in building a greener Europe.
Municipalities will be able to adhere to the new objectives, whether they are new signatories or subscribers to previous initiatives, through the approval of the “Commitment Document” in the Municipal Assembly and subsequent submission of the file on the “My Covenant” Platform. Cities that are already developing their Action Plans for Sustainable Energy and Climate (PAESC) or the Action Plan for Sustainable Energy (PAES) will be able to continue that work and subsequent monitoring, maintaining the objectives already defined.
The new targets were drawn up following a survey, launched by the European Commission, to about 450 local authorities - between cities and regions - in Europe. Through this survey, it was concluded that the signatory cities are willing and consider themselves capable of fulfilling more stringent objectives.
Launched in 2008, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy initiative emerged to help cities prepare plans to achieve the European Union (EU) climate and energy targets for 2020. Now, at a moment when the EU is stepping up its energy and climate ambition for 2030, it is time for the approximately 10,000 signatory municipalities to do the same.