The Oeiras Council has signed the European Union’s Green City Accord and is committed to making the municipality greener, cleaner and healthier by 2030.
Oeiras has signed the Green City Accord. The agreement, launched by the European Commission, challenges cities across the European Union to set more ambitious green targets by 2030.
Thus, Oeiras commits to intensifying its efforts in five key areas: air, water, nature and biodiversity, circular economy and waste, and noise.
In this sense, the aim of the Green City Accord is to accelerate policies to improve Europeans’ health and well-being. To this end, programmes should be established so that everyone can breathe clean air, have clean water, have access to green spaces and less ambient noise.
On the other hand, waste should be sought to be minimised, through increased reuse, recovery and recycling, to move towards a more circular economy.
The Green City Accord obliges signatories to set ambitious targets that go beyond the minimum requirements defined by European legislation.
To this end, municipalities will have to implement policies and programmes in an integrated manner and submit progress reports every three years.
Alongside Oeiras, 21 other Portuguese municipalities will join the challenge launched by the EC in October last year. The agreement signing ceremony with all signatory municipalities will take place on 22 September, in an online format.
For its part, the European Commission commits to supporting municipalities by providing visibility for their actions, a reference framework for managing the resources allocated to achieving the environmental targets set and technical support for planning and implementing actions.
Finally, the EC will also provide access to information on available funding, a facilitated communication channel between municipalities and European policy makers.
As well as this, it will also facilitate the exchange of experiences, knowledge and good practices between European municipalities.
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