Τhe Municipality of Kozani is moving fast towards the inclusion of Kozani in the 100 climate-neutral cities of Europe by 2030. In this regard, the EU experts on climate neutral cities, Mrs Vassilakou and Mr. Nikolaidis, visited the city on 27 August, where they held technical meetings on this initiative.
The meetings were attended by executives of the Municipality of Kozani, the Cluster of Bioeconomy and Environment (CLuBE), the University of Western Macedonia, as well as CERTH.
The following were discussed during the meetings:
- The actions that have been accomplished so far
- The topics and the subjects of the under preparation action plan
- The roadmap of the next actions in the context of the Mission
On the sidelines of the meetings, the experts visited points of interest in the city and beyond, which will be key points of the action plan.
It is noted that the content of the Declaration of Climate Neutrality, “Kozani 2030 – A Green and Smart City”, lies at the heart of the European Green Deal and is aligned with the EU and Greece ‘s commitments on global climate action under the Paris Agreement (Accord de Paris).
The Municipality of Kozani is going to elaborate short-term and medium-term development strategies, which will lead to achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, through a socially just transition in a cost-effective way.
European Mission – Mission Board “100 climate neutral cities by 2030”
The European Mission will meet the needs of redesign and revitalization of urban areas with expected results in improving the quality and aesthetics of the urban environment, the energy efficiency and quality of buildings, the environmental footprint of the outdoor public space, reducing emissions from daily commuting, the saving of natural resources as well as the digital transformation of urban areas.
The cities that will be selected will participate in a comprehensive plan of holistic interventions with a defined budget and schedule for 10 years. Finalists will have the opportunity to redefine their identity (city re-branding) and will be able to make large-scale investments and create new jobs through EU funding tools.
The ultimate goal of the European Mission is that the 100 selected cities should work together and serve as model innovation hubs for all other European cities by developing a repository of good practices from successful projects and full-scale investments.