Last week, the mayors of 26 European cities declared their commitment to “clean” policies to tackle climate change.

The declaration, entitled ‘In response to the challenge of global climate change, a European commitment and local solutions’, recognised that European capital cities and metropolises represent over 60 million people and have significant investment capacity.

Time has now come for European capitals and metropolises to pool our efforts to tackle climate change. This requires a closer dialogue between cities through a more regular exchange of expertise and good practices.

The leaders said that they hoped that combining forces to favour ‘green’ sectors of the economy and ‘low carbon’ industries and services would have a “leverage effect on the private sector that very often aligns its own requirements with the public sector”.

Read the full statement here.

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