The Green City Accord is a movement of European mayors committed to making cities cleaner and healthier. It aims to improve the quality of life of all Europeans, and accelerate the implementation of relevant EU environmental laws. By signing the Accord, cities commit to addressing five areas of environmental management: air, water, nature and biodiversity, circular economy and waste, and noise.
The Green City Accord was launched during the European Week of Regions and Cities and is open for mayors to sign. Read more about how to join the initiative in the "Join us" section below.
What is the Green City Accord?
Objectives and scope
Cities are critical to meeting the EU's environmental objectives. Many successful actions have already been taken at city level, but further efforts are necessary to tackle rising environmental challenges.
Green City Accord signatories endorse a shared vision of the urban future where
By 2030, cities will be attractive places to live, work and invest in, and will support Europeans’ health and well-being. All Europeans will breathe clean air, enjoy clean water, have access to parks and green spaces, and experience less environmental noise. The circular economy will become a reality and waste will be minimised thanks to greater reuse, repair and recycling.
Signatory cities will commit to tackling the most urgent environmental challenges facing their cities. By joining the Accord, mayors agree to step up their efforts in five key areas by 2030:
- air: significant improvement in air quality by moving closer to respecting the WHO’s air quality guidelines and ending exceedances of EU air quality standards as soon as possible
- water: making significant progress in improving the quality of water bodies and the efficiency of water use
- nature and biodiversity: considerable progress in conserving and enhancing urban biodiversity, including through an increase in the extent and quality of green areas in cities, and by halting the loss of and restoring urban ecosystems
- circular economy and waste: advance towards the circular economy by securing a significant improvement in the management of household municipal waste, an important reduction in waste generation and landfilling, and a substantial increase in re-use, repair and recycling
- noise: significantly reducing noise pollution in cities and moving closer to WHO recommended levels
In each of these areas, signatories commit to:
- establishing baseline levels and setting ambitious targets that go beyond minimum requirements set by EU laws within two years of signing
- implementing policies and programmes in an integrated manner, to achieve their targets by 2030
- reporting on implementation and progress every three years
Why cities should join?
By signing the Green City Accord, cities will become part of a growing movement to safeguard the natural environment and improve the quality of life of Europeans. Cities will also be supporting the European Green Deal and the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In particular, cities will:
- gain Europe-wide visibility in recognition of their environmental actions and achievements
- contribute to shaping EU environmental policy
- become part of a community of like-minded cities driving the transition towards a clean and healthy Europe
- increase their transparency, accountability and credibility within the local community
- gain access to information concerning EU funding opportunities
- participate in networking events and benefit from capacity-building opportunities
- receive tailored guidance and support via a dedicated helpdesk
- benchmark their achievements against progress made in other cities
For more information, see our brochure
The Green City Accord brochure is available in all EU languages.
Who is eligible?
The Green City Accord is open to any city located in the European Union. The term “city” means an urban area with an administrative unit governed by a city council or another form of democratically elected body. This includes large metropolitan areas, as well as agglomerations.
Cities in European Economic Area countries and in Switzerland will be able to join in the second phase. Other cities in the wider European region may be eligible to join at a later stage.
Sign the commitment document
The Green City Accord can be signed at any time. Please note that only the Mayor (or equivalent representative) can sign.
There are only two steps to become a signatory:
- The Accord is presented to the municipal council (or equivalent decision-making body).
- Once an official resolution has been adopted by the council, the Mayor – or equivalent representative – signs the Green City Accord political commitment document electronically. To sign, please download the Green City Accord political commitment text here and click on ‘sign now’.
The signatures of the political commitment are collected by using a EUSurvey form (it is not used as a survey in this case). To upload the signed political commitment document in the system, an EU login needs to be set up. More information about how to create a EU login is available here.
Please note that when you enter the signed political commitment in the system, you will also have to upload a copy of the Municipal Council decision in the national language, unless an English translation is available.
We have signed
- Lahti, Finland
- Turku, Finland
- Fyli, Greece
- Cesena, Italy
- Braga, Portugal
- Cascais, Portugal
- Penafiel, Portugal
- Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
- Torres Vedras, Portugal
- Logroño, Spain
Several EU funding programmes and financing instruments are available to support cities in developing and implementing environmental actions.
- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
- Cohesion Fund
- Urban Innovative Actions
- INTERREG Europe
- Horizon 2020
- Horizon Europe
- European Green Capital and Green Leaf Awards
Further resources on EU funding:
For more information and any questions concerning the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Accord, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org