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EU cities and regions at COP25: we accelerate climate action  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Under Chile's Presidency, the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019.

As the EU's Assembly of local and regional representatives, the European Committee of the Regions will be present at COP25 and will actively advocate the achievements and commitments of European cities and regions in the fight against global warming. 

The CoR delegation to COP25 in Madrid will be composed of:​​​

Markku Markkula (EPP/FI), CoR's First Vice-President 
- Cor Lamers (EPP/NL), CoR's ENVE Chair and Mayor of Schiedam​
Jean-Noël Verfaillie (RE/FR), CoR's ENVE 2nd Vice-Chair and Member of the Nord Departmental Council
Benedetta Brighenti (PES/IT), Member of Castelnuovo Rangone Municipal Council 
Andries Gryffroy (EA/BE), Member of the Flemish Parliament

Tjisse Stelpstra (ECR/NL), Member of the Executive Council of the Province of Drenthe.​​

The CoR will closely cooperate with Members attending COP25 on behalf of their own constituencies. ​​

COP25 has the goal to finalise the negotiations on the implementation rulebook of the Paris climate agreement. In addition, higher climate ambition and commitments are expected and much needed if we want to avoid the devastating impacts of global warming. ​

Climate Action Best Practices

As cities and regions are at the frontline of climate impacts but also solutions, we present here below a series of climate actions implemented by our members. Whether regional presidents, mayors or city councillors​​, all demonstrate the socio-economic and environmental benefits of decarbonisation and climate action.​

Cleaner mobility and healthier air in Madrid - Madrid (Spain)
At the forefront of electric buses - City of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Eixo Verde Azul (EVA) - Green Blue Axis - River Jamor: municipalities of Sintra, Amadora and Oeiras (Portugal)
Climate Ready Clyde - Glasgow Council Area (United Kingdom)
A model farm for growing organic vegetables - Košice Self-Governing Region Territory
2009-2019, "10 years of Covenant of Mayors – Best Practices in Europe" - City of Rakvere (Estonia)
Expedition to energy-neutral living in the Province of Drenthe - Province of Drenthe (The Netherlands)
Pioneer for climate protection and energy system transformation in Rhineland- Palatinate - Land of Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany)
Coastal Plan with specific focus on climate variability and change - Šibenik-Knin County (Croatia)
Rochestown House - Social Housing Project - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County (Ireland)
Taking small steps to big changes - Jaraczewo (Poland)
Pershore Wetlands Project - Wychavon District
Battery of measures towards decarbonisation - Balearic Islands (Spain)
Princes Street Electric Vehicle Charging Hub - Dundee (United Kingdom)
Leading by example the change to renewable energy - Region of Andalusia (Spain)
Reducing emissions in the energy-intensive industry with innovations and new technologies - North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany)
A plethora of EU-supported projects to meet climate mitigation targets - Cork City (Ireland)
Green Growth Powered Locally and Innovatively - Burgenland (Austria)
Finland's second-largest city Espoo goes carbon-neutral by 2030 - Espoo (Finland)
New Boost to Electric Renewables In Castilla y León - Castile and León (Spain)
Personalised guidance programme for household renovation - Mechelen (Belgium)
Making the best of the Climate, Rain or Shine - Municipality of Weststellingwerf (The Netherlands)
Life Nadapta: Towards an integrated, coherent and inclusive implementation of climate change adapation policy - Region of Navarre (Spain)
From pre-1945 buildings to energy efficient public infrastructure: the path to sustainability - Rijeka (Croatia)
Improvement of energy efficiency by means of thermal upgrade of buildings - Functional Area of the City of Słupsk (Poland)

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Contact:
Contact Person: David Crous / david.crous@cor.europa.eu / +32 (0) 470 88 10 37
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