Amsterdam commits to 55% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 at the ChangeNOW Summit

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Amsterdam hereby renews its commitment under the Covenant of Mayors. By committing to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, it sets even more ambitious targets than the minimum Covenant requirements (40% emission reductions by 2030).

The signature happened during the ChangeNOW International Summit for Change, which took place on 28 September in Paris.

The summit welcomed a special delegation of the Covenant of Mayors - Europe made of 14 Covenant cities from 9 different countries, which positively responded to the call for interest launched by the Covenant of Mayors Office. 22 persons, including 8 local elected representatives, formed the delegation that took part in the summit held last week in Paris. The delegation included 5 EUROCITES members: Amsterdam, Braga, Milan, Porto, and Wroclaw.

The delegation had a special programme. In the morning they attended a session on sustainable mobility (with a presentation from Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Marieke van Doorninck, who pledged for streets where bikes are the norm and “cars are the guests”, and on a session on resilient cities with a presentation from Vice Mayor of Porto Filipe Araujo.

The city representatives enjoyed a private lunch during when they exchanged about their climate and energy solutions.

In the afternoon, they had a guided tour of the "Hall of solutions", participated in one-to-one meetings with innovators, and attended a pitching session where the best innovations were presented

Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Marieke van Doorninck and Vice Mayor of Ramnicu Valcea (Romania) Eusebiu Veteleanu got on stage during the official ceremony to sign respectively the adhesion form to the Covenant 2030 targets (Amsterdam) and a symbolic engagement to present the 2030 commitments to the next municipal council meeting (Ramnicu Valcea).

EUROCITIES staff contact

Claire Baffert