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DEEDS Cities Workshop

8.10.2019 from 9:00 16:30

The EU-funded DEEDS-project (DialoguE on European Decarbonisation Strategies) is facilitating a series of multi-stakeholder workshops in 2019, in order to enrich and embed the recommendations of the final report of the High-Level Panel (HLP) of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative.

The fifth DEEDS workshop on “Priority actions to achieve zero-carbon cities”, will take place on 8 October 2019 in Brussels and will focus on innovations for moving towards zero-carbon cities. In the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities, we want to explore which policies are needed to achieve long-term decarbonisation of European cities – from governance, over citizen engagement to smart and integrated technologies and financing of such a transition.

Cities are both responsible and affected by climate change: they consume 70 percent of the world’s energy and contribute to heating the Earth’s atmosphere with around 70 percent of all C02 emissions. In the same time, they are also affected by the adverse effects of climate change: increased air-conditioning of public transport and buildings, constrained spatial planning, prone to extreme weather events. Given that around three quarters of the EU population lives in cities and more people are moving to cities every year the situation will become increasingly straining. Many cities across Europe are already taking action by increasing green surfaces, enhancing public transport, shifting their energy mix towards renewable sources, integrating smart solutions and strengthening engagement of their citizens in the decision making process. Many call for a transition to zero-carbon cities, but actions need to step up if we want make this a near-term reality.

To register and for further questions, please contact Iker Urdangarin (iker.urdangarin@worldfuturecouncil.org).




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