The Green City Accord is a movement of European mayors committed to safeguarding the natural environment, making cities cleaner, healthier and more resource-efficient. It is aligned with the European Green Deal and will be launched by the European Commission in the course of 2020.
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. Cities can drive the changes needed to address these challenges and contribute to improving the implementation of the EU’s environment legislation.
The Green City Accord will support cities in their efforts to achieve cleaner and healthier environments, thereby improving the quality of life of city dwellers.
It will mobilise cities willing to step up their actions in five areas of environmental management:
The Accord will complement the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, by addressing issues not covered by the Covenant. It will also build coherence with other EU urban initiatives and support the delivery of the European Green Deal and the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This voluntary initiative will be open to all cities in the EU.
Benefits to cities
The Accord will offer signatory cities:
How to join
The Accord is expected to be launched – and opened for mayors’ signatures – in October 2020, during the European Week of Regions and Cities.
More information on the process for joining will be published here soon. In the meantime, interested cities are invited to send an email to email@example.com.