The 13th of December, the city councils of Soria, Valladolid, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Zaragoza joined the institutional declaration of “Cities Climatically Neutral by 2030”, in an event held in Valladolid and chaired by the Third Vice-President and Minister of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera. An agreement to which Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Valencia, had joined in September of this same year.
During the act, the mayor of Valladolid, Oscar Puente; Vitoria-Gasteiz’s mayor, Gorka Urtaran; Soria’s mayor, Carlos Martínez; and the deputy mayor of Zaragoza, Patricia Cavero, signed the addenda of the declaration where the commitments undertaken by each city are collected.
As well as the big cities, those cities of medium and small size «must also assume their prominence and lead the transformation from the local level». All cities «are key to bolster the actions of decarbonisation and be accelerators for urban policies against climate change and be environmentally conscious».
With these adhesions, eight cities are already committed to achieve climate neutrality from now until 2030. To reach this goal, each city has signed a climate pre-contract with the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge to implement initiatives and projects with a social, economic and environmental impact, bringing together public and private efforts for urban transformation.
The institutional declaration reinforces the commitment of the Spanish cities to continue at the European forefront in the action of mitigating the climate emergency and looking for more sustainable urban models that promote equity and generate social, economic and environmental benefits. Likewise, the declaration holds the Government’s support and contribution in the energy and ecological transition of the cities with a variety of actions and commitments of common interest.
The agreement falls within the Mission citiES 2030’s initiative, promoted by El Día Después’s (The Day After) platform, to apply the mission of reaching 100 european cities climatically neutral by 2030, by and for the citizens, approved by the European Commission. With its implementation, it intends to accelerate the compliance of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and the European Green Deal.
The cities’ projects gathered in the declaration, though being unique to the nature of each city, share some common strategic grounds, as: renaturation and inclusion of green infrastructure, sustainable mobility, circular economy, new governance models, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, among others.