News

328 cities now calling on EU to ensure net-zero emissions by 2050

20 June 2019

328 European mayors have now signed EUROCITIES joint letter urging European and national leaders to ensure EU emissions peak by 2020, halve by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.

Climate change is once again on the agenda of today and tomorrow’s EU Council Summit. With more national leaders than ever signalling their willingness to accept a target of net-zero by 2050, it seems ever more likely that such a target can finally be agreed across the EU either at this week’s summit or later in the year.

Cities are ready to do their part in achieving this target, with many already showing a much higher level of ambition. The letter asks that EU and national leaders:

  • develop a just and inclusive European long term climate strategy that enhances resilience and ensures emissions in the EU peak by 2020, more than halve by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050;
  • enhance the 2030 EU climate and energy targets and Nationally Determined Contribution to ensure a resilient, rapid and just energy transition in line with the above goals;
  • align the next EU long-term budget with this strategy, remove fossil fuel subsidies and mainstream climate action as a priority across all funding programmes;
  • commit all member states to binding net-zero emissions reduction targets and the above goals.

Anna König Jerlmyr, president of EUROCITIES and mayor of Stockholm, one of the signatories to the letter, said:

“I am very proud that many cities have already taken ambitious steps towards a net-zero economy but limiting warming to 1.5C requires the involvement of all political levels. It is time that European and national leaders fully commit to and start working for a climate neutral Europe by 2050, together with our cities.”

The letter was originally signed by 210 mayors and sent to national and European leaders ahead of the ‘future of Europe’ summit in Sibiu in May.

You can read the full letter with an updated list of signatories below:

Cities final letter June2019

Contact

Alex Godson Media Coordinator

Recommended

  • Reclaiming the streets

    How one pollution-plagued city is getting rid of cars and filling the streets with fun, families and fresh air.

    6 minutes read
  • Saving the world with tomatoes

    Ghent has won a UN award for the way the Belgian city puts food on the table. See the ingredients of Ghent’s food policy.

    5 minutes read
  • Let it rain

    What would happen if cities let rain run its course? Paris is becoming a permeable city and with rain, other positive effects have trickled in.

    5 minutes read
  • CARbon free

    At the heart of Prague's new transport policy is a more integrated, energy efficient and environmentally friendly public transport system.

    5 minutes read
  • Snake hunt

    Grenoble Alpes Metropole's magical Tour Sans-Venin is famous for its power to keep snakes at bay - for the metropole, it was the perfect place for an enormous treasure hunt.

    6 minutes read
  • Branching out

    Planting urban trees to boost climate action and citizen wellbeing is a growing trend, but what does it take to get it right? France's greenest city, Angers, shows how it should be done.

    5 minutes read
  • My future city 2030

    Porto has a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, but thinking green requires a strong vision of the future.

    6 minutes read
  • Noise engin-ear

    Noise barriers, silent tires, diverted railways, a new type of tram - cities all over Europe are working to turn down the noise, and Riga is one city that is taking serious action.

    5 minutes read
  • Street smart

    Walking down Bogoridi Street in Burgas feels like stepping into the past – you might not suspect that this wide, sand-hued street is one of the most high-tech public spaces in Europe. The old-style streetlamps are more than they seem...

    5 minutes read
  • Pumping Heat

    You don’t need a volcano for geothermal energy that works well – in fact, it’s the relatively moderate underground temperatures that allow the system to provide not only heating during the winter, but also cooling during the summer months.

    4 minutes read