The last 8th of September of 2021, the Senate held a crucial event in the progress for the transformation of the Spanish cities towards climate neutrality.
The mayoress of Barcelona and the mayors of Madrid, Seville and Valencia signed, together with the vice president and secretary for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, an agreement to transform their cities and accelerate the energy and ecological transition before 2030.
The agreement falls within the initiative citiES 2030, promoted by the El Día Después (The Day After) platform, to apply the mission approved by the European Commission to reach 100 climatically neutral European cities by 2030.
This mission intends to support the transformation of these cities to accelerate the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda fulfillment and constitute itself as a catalyzer element within the European Green Pact as a demonstration of the viability of reaching climate neutrality.
Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Valencia became, with the signing of the agreement, the first Spanish cities committed to this transformation process from now until 2030.
The agreement is designed so that, in the next months, other Spanish cities can acceed and participate. Thus, the mayors and mayoresses of the Arnedo, Cáceres, Lugo, Níjar, Soria, Teruel, Toledo and Vitoria city councils have also participated in the event.
For the time being, it already has the support of the European Commission, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), the Spanish Green Growth Group and the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE), Climate KIC and the Innpulso Network (MICIIN).
The cities need to imagine, experiment and learn together to enforce a sustainable model
A new collaboration model for a new territorial model
The mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, reminded that the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that we are not doing enough and nor are we doing it fast enough.
In that sense, the president of the Urban and Territorial Ecological Foundation, Salvador Rueda, pointed out that “either we change the rules of the game urgently or there is no solution, and for that we need a new territorial model”.
Julio Lumbreras, teacher at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and coordinator of the Cities community from the El Día Después (The Day After) platform, highlighted the collaboration as a “critical element to reach the cities we want” […] “The cities need to imagine, experiment and learn together to enforce a sustainable model”.
In the same line, the Senate president, Ander Gil, set the signature event as an example of collaboration. “Confronting such challenges make collaboration a requirement, as the sustainable development can only be reached counting with all the territories”.
The declaration signed by the Senate gathers several data showing the urgency for changing the model for the development of cities. In Spain, the urban population already exceeds 80%. Besides, cities, though only covering 3% of the Earth’s surface, represent 72% of the greenhouse effect gas emissions.
Institutional declaration signing act
Intervention by the Senate president, Ander Gil
Intervention in the Senate of the Vicepresident Teresa Ribera
Intervention of Salvador Rueda in the Senate
Intervention of Julio Lumbreras in the Senate