The chair of our environment forum, Abdeluheb Choho, deputy mayor of Amsterdam,
spoke about the cities ambitions and actions in his contribution to the Green
Growth Summit, which took place in Brussels on 27 February.
The summit was hosted by the Green Growth Platform, which brings together ministers from 16 governments, some 40 business leaders, and 18 MEPs to discuss the economic opportunities and challenges involved in the transition to a low-carbon and resource efficient economy
Addressing the panel discussion on ’Real actions and aspirations: What’s going on in cities?’, Choho described the role cities play in narrowing the implementation gap in global climate and energy policies, and cited best practices from Amsterdam, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Milan, Burgas, and Warsaw in the fields of energy, mobility, waste management, and climate adaptation to buttress his point. Choho emphasised that Europe’s cities are already delivering on the Paris agreement, and that their environmental objectives often generate co-benefits in other areas (e.g. better air quality). He said that these objectives are often more ambitious than those set at member state level.
Choho also emphasised the need for stronger collaboration between citizens, businesses, and government to achieve the climate and energy goals and to meet the sustainability agenda requirements.