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“Making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050 is our main ambition as the new European Commission. This means not only addressing the climate crisis, but also ensuring social justice, economic development, and well-being for all European citizens.
We no longer have the luxury of time. The Commission before us has done a tremendous work building the necessary legislative framework that will allow us to transition to a clean and fair energy system. Now, our mission is to make it happen. For that, we need to reach out to the European citizens and the governments and institutions that serve them. We need to work in an open, inclusive and cooperative way.
The European Covenant of Mayors movement is an excellent example of this inclusive and cooperative approach. For over ten years now, local governments from across Europe have voluntarily been taking bold commitments that they turn into local action. The movement now gathers over 10,000 signatory cities and towns, from all sizes and regions. Their average CO2 emission reduction goals for 2020 and 2030 are higher than the EU targets, and many of them have already developed strategies to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 - sometimes even earlier than that.
The energy transition is about more than renewable energy or great technologies: it is about smart use of resources, while strengthening democracy and well-being in Europe. Cities and towns are where all these things come together.
To become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, we need pioneers who will lead the way. I am proud and grateful to work with those bold, inspiring Covenant of Mayors stakeholders who have already shown that together we can achieve our ambitions.”
Interview led in January 2020.