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Hamburg joins the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Hamburg joins the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
2 August 2017 - 09:53

The Northern German metropolis Hamburg has recently committed to the 2030 objectives of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

On the 4th of July 2017, just ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, the city decided to join the initiative. The Senator for the Environment, Jens Kerstan, signed the adhesion on behalf of the city. With this commitment, Hamburg has pledged to the Covenant objectives of reducing its CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030, increase its resilience to climate change and strengthen its efforts to provide sustainable, secure and affordable energy to its citizens.

Hamburg has set itself an even more ambitious CO2 reduction target, as it aims to decrease its emissions by 50% by 2030. The city is a founding member of the Covenant of Mayors and has been involved in the initiative already since 2008.

Senator for the Environment Jens Kerstan:“Towns and cities play a key role in achieving international climate objectives. Networks and co-operation are more important than ever, now that the United States has announced its departure from the U.N. Climate Agreement reached in Paris. Hamburg’s membership of the ‘Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy’ is a clear commitment just before the G20 summit during which climate change will play an important role. We are showing clearly that Hamburg will play its part in achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Change agreement.“

With its adhesion, Hamburg joins a range of European metropolises like Sevilla, Barcelona, Paris, Stockholm, Dublin or Zagreb which have already committed to the 2030 objectives of the Covenant of Mayors. To date, a total of 840 cities have joined the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

(c) photo Threedots, CC-by-SA 2.0

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