The European Union has set itself the objective of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, a target that the European Commission's president, Ursula von der Leyen, has described as the "greatest challenge and opportunity of our times".
The European Committee of the Regions is committed to playing a full part in achieving this objective and to ensuring that local and regional perspectives are always reflected in the European Green Deal, the EU roadmap to carbon neutrality. The Green Deal sets out objectives, principles, and tools in policy areas ranging from emissions reduction and industrial policy to agriculture and biodiversity.
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor of Central Macedonia, said in his inaugural speech as President of the European Committee of the Regions in 2020 that one of his priorities would be to "translate the Green Deal into local climate action while supporting the communities who will be the most affected".
President Tzitzikostas added that "the fight against climate change will be won or lost in our regions and cities". The European Committee of the Regions will therefore continue to mobilise and support local and regional authorities across the EU's 27 member states and in the EU's neighbourhood to take action to mitigate the climate crisis. The European Committee of the Regions has been a patron of the Covenant of Mayors (now the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy) since its creation in 2008 and is a long-standing advocate of a greater role for regions and cities in global governance of climate action.
The #EUGreenDeal map is an emerging and evolving effort by the European Committee of the Regions to show the steps being taken across the EU by regions and cities to decarbonise the European economy. It shows how individual communities are transforming their way of living and working, of producing and consuming, and how they are trying to achieve environmentally sustainable and socially and economically just growth.
If you would like to highlight the climate action being taken by your local or regional authority, please write to
To find fuller details about our legislative and political work on climate action, please visit the page of the CoR's
Green Deal Going Local working group.