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Making the EU climate neutral by 2050: how to translate climate neutrality into local strategies?

Becoming climate-neutral by 2050, a utopia?

To meet the EU’s ambition to become climate neutral by 2050, the European Union and Member States will need to rely on cities. As an illustration, the Covenant of Mayors, in its new commitment text, recently introduced the objective of climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest. Covenant signatories are invited to step up their ambitions and accelerate the climate transition.
The local strategies and the drivers of action to translate climate neutrality are different from one territory to another.

In this webinar, we will have the opportunity to hear from the SCOT Grand Douaisis, in France who adopted the concept of ‘sufficiency’ to become carbon neutral by 2050. They will also give their feedback on how they raise awareness on energy and climate issues through a serious game.

During the second part of the webinar, we will discuss the role of local authorities and their capacity for mobilization and innovation. Ulysse Blau will share its findings from its project ‘la Route en Commun’ where he interviewed 64 Mayors on their capacity for mobilization and how they manage resources such as energy and food.

Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss in small groups and learn from their peers on inspiring initiatives to move towards future-proofed cities.

10:00 – 10:10: Welcome & introduction
10:10 – 10:45 The case of SCOT Grand Douaisis – sufficiency at the core of the local strategy + Q&A
10:45 – 11:05 Presentation of the study “Mayors and the Ecological Transition” by Ulysse Blau + Q&A
11:05 – 11:30: Discuss and learn from your peers on inspiring initiatives to build climate-neutral cities

The event is part of the project PATH2LC. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement NO 892560.

Sep 28, 2021 10:00 AM in Paris

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