Lille Metropole renews its commitment to the new Covenant of Mayors

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Le 08/12/2021

Lille Metropole renews its commitment to the new Covenant of Mayors

After signing the Covenant of Mayor in 2011, Lille Metropole is renewing its commitment to the new covenant with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

After originally adhering to the Covenant of Mayor in 2011, being the first French metropolis to join the Green city accord in February 2021 and signing the Mayors Alliance for the European Green Deal in September 2021, Lille Metropole is proud to renew its commitment by pledging to the new covenant.

A few weeks ago, the Lille Metropolitan council officially adopted the renewal of its commitment to the new covenant of mayors to align with new ambitious targets. Since its launch in 2008, more than 10,000 local authorities representing 328 million citizens worldwide have joined the movement.

Local authorities play a leading role in climate change mitigation and adaptation and their commitment is essential in keeping global temperature rise below 1.5℃, following the Paris Agreement and achieving climate neutrality by 2050, following the EU Commission ambition.

In Lille Metropole, we recently adopted our new climate energy action plan (SECAP), and renewing our commitment in the Covenant of Mayors will give us a higher visibility, as well as innovative ways to network, exchange experiences, build capacity with other cities worldwide, and help us implement our SECAP locally.

With the help of the covenant of mayor community, we want to accelerate the energy transition to a carbon-neutral metropolis by 2050. To limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on our territory, the focus will be on sobriety and energy efficiency, the development of heat networks and renewable energy generation, as well as carbon sequestration solutions.

We have also set ambitious targets in our new Climate energy and action plan based around 3 ambitions (climate mitigation, air quality and climate change mitigation). Here are some of its main objectives :

  • Greenhouse gases: reduction of 45 % by 2030, carbon neutrality in 2050 (the 45% target will be reconsidered in 2024 to match European legislation)
  • Energy consumption: reduction of 16 % in 2030 compared to 2016.
  • Local renewable energy production: X 2.3 between 2016 and 2030 (1TWh to 2.3 TWh)
  • Reduce emissions of air pollutants, in road transport (- 44 %), industry (- 36 %), residential (- 36 %) and tertiary (- 38 %) between 2012 and 2030.
  • Create a low emission zone, implement a new mobility plan and invest €2 billion through a new master plan for transport infrastructures.
  • Improve knowledge and management of risks associated with climate change (peaks of heat, floods, removal and shrinkage and swelling of clay soils...).
  • Preserve the water, quality and quantity of the resource.
  • Mitigate the effects of urban heat and heat events by re-introducing nature and water into urbanised environments and developing afforestation.

If you want a more detailed account, you can read this article.

The new Climate Plan is also based on an innovative “climate-proofed budget” approach, which analyses all the expenditure generated by our policies and projects in relation to the objectives of the climate plan and their impact on climate mitigation, adaptation to climate change and air quality. In this way, budget decisions will be made thanks to this new decision support tool and will contribute to tackle mitigation, adaptation and air quality issues.

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