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European cities’ plans to tackle climate change

Around the world, cities endeavour to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while adapting to the threats – and opportunities – presented by climate change

  • May 16, 2018 09:30
  • Author Olya Georgieva
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About 74% of Europe’s population lives in cities, and urban settlements account for 60-80% of carbon emissions – so it makes sense to plan at an urban level. Working to meet carbon reduction targets can also reduce local pollution and increase energy efficiency – which benefits both businesses and residents. That’s the reason why, 885 European cities’ has already started planning how to tackle climate change.

The good news is that 66% of EU cities have a mitigation or adaptation plan in place. The top countries were Poland – where 97% of cities have mitigation plans – Germany (81%), Ireland (80%), Finland (78%) and Sweden (77%). In Finland, 78% of cities also had a plan for adapting to climate change. On the contrary, there are countries like Bulgaria and Hungary where not even one city has a standalone climate plan.

Source: The Conversation

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