COP21: CoR calls for regions to be included in combating climate change
On the occasion of the 2015 Climate Conference COP21 in Paris, European Commission Vice-President, Maroš Sefčovič and the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Markku Markkula, emphasised the role of cities and regions as key partners in efforts to limit the rise in global temperature to below 2°C. They called on local and regional governments across the world to join forces by signing up to the Covenant of Mayors which commits signatories to cutting at least 40% of 1990 levels of carbon emissions by 2030.
The Covenant currently comprises over 6,500 cities and regions agreeing to cut more than 20% of their carbon emissions by 2020. It was recently merged with the Mayors Adapt – which supports cities and regions to integrate mitigation and adaptation measures – and set a new 40% carbon-reduction emission target for 2030. At the COP21 conference, local and regional governments, including CoR members, insist on being included within the new global climate-governance system, to work alongside the UNFCCC and the nation states.