In this second meeting of the Climate Strategy Roundtable, which took place on Monday 15 April 2019, 15 cities came together in Brussels to share their knowledge and experience in developing and implementing ambitious climate strategies, with a particular focus on approaches to governance required to deliver them.
Following an informative tour de table, participants heard further details on two climate strategies in particular - Manchester and Stockholm.
Manchester is setting itself on a path to be zero carbon by 2038 following the adoption of the Tyndall report which quantified the implication of the Paris Agreement for the city of Manchester. In assessing the remaining carbon budget, Manchester calculated their “share of the remaining pie” and has worked backwards to determine an appropriate timeframe from emission reductions. Consulting directly with local partners, Manchester assigned responsibility and ownership for different parts of the overall city carbon budget and asked each partner to develop a corresponding action plan. Together with these local partners, Manchester is in the process of developing a Manchester Zero Carbon Framework 2020-2038 to guide the necessary emission reductions.
Stockholm, which holds the presidency of EUROCITIES, has a strategy to be fossil-free by 2040, while aiming as a city organisation to be fossil-free by 2030. This specific strategy has been developed alongside several other city strategies including a strategy to be poison-free and another for green areas, all of which are embedded in the yearly municipal budget. Three pillars support the strategy: sustainable energy use (including upholding the decision of the semi-public energy provider ‘Fortum Varme’ to phase-out coal by 2023); eco-efficient transport; and resource-efficient natural cycles. To aid this, over four years €100 million has been earmarked for climate protection spending.
Moving to the national level, Agnese Ruggiero representing the LIFE PlanUp project, presented initial findings on the progress of national governments in developing their ten-year National Climate and Energy Plans (NECPs). According to the Governance Regulation to the Energy Union, the public must be given the opportunity to participate in the development of these plans before their final adoption at the end of December 2019. What’s more, national governments should establish multilevel climate and energy dialogue to facilitate local regional authorities and civil society in the discussion and engagement in policies and measures, as well as the review of progress.
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