PARIS COP21: this was just the beginning!
The Paris climate summit and Energy Cities’ active contribution to it, was an opportuntity to tell the incredible stories of our cities. There are hundreds of cities that make incredible daily efforts to implement below 2°C policies and to become low-energy places. The final global deal is just the starting point of a low-carbon pathway spanning the planet. For the next steps to be meaningful, the Parties should get inspired by what cities already do and give them more influence on energy policy!
ENERGY CITIES AT COP21 - HIGHLIGHTS
The events you’ve missed in the UN Blue Zone - with Energy Cities’ staff and members speaking:
Our debate on 3 December for and with policy-makers, supported by the City of Paris
COPowering change: the role of local governance in delivering the energy transition"
One of the key messages we took away from this debate was delivered during Energy Cities’ debate on COPowering change, featuring our members Célia Blauel - Deputy Mayor of Paris, Bo Frank - Mayor of Växjö (Sweden), Gil Nadais - Mayor of Agueda (Portugal) and Eckart Würzner - Mayor of Heidelberg (Germany) and President of Energy Cities, as well as partner cities from other continents: #ReclaimPower !
With or without their national governments, local leaders are ready to take ownership of the energy transition !
How a transitioner like Rob Hopkins’ reports about our event
One day later: The Climate Summit for Local Leaders at Paris City Hall. No doubt: the means that have been mobilized by the French government and the City of Paris to collect multi-stakeholders commitments were unprecedented.
Energy Cities’ President Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg (Germany) with local leaders from all over the world, invited by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and UN-Special Envoy Michael Bloomberg
The Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)
Energy Cities was part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda working group, created in 2014, in order to bring the official negotiation processs and sub-national government action closer together. We will remain a partner during the next months to jointly pave the way to COP22 in Marrakech.
COP 21 Paris | CITIES AND REGIONS - 8th December 2015 from WE MEAN BUSINESS on Vimeo.
“Real life” energy and climate success stories
The Paris deal is far from providing the right means and mechanisms to better support local level capacity. As expected, the COP21 is too diplomatic, too unambitious and too little local.
The post-Paris process will need a U-turn, both fostering und copying the audacious and creative spirit of the local actors.
Check out our brandnew, updated and redesigned cities’ actions database: