Burgas has become the 45th signatory of our Green Digital Charter and first Bulgarian city to join the initiative.
The Green Digital Charter (GDC) is a EUROCITIES-led initiative that promotes the use of ICT solutions to reduce cities’ emissions, and also encourages the greening of municipal ICT equipment.
On 25 February, Dimitar Nikolov, mayor of Burgas, joined the group of European cities already committed to using ICT solutions to promote energy efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions, and addressing climate change through the Green Digital Charter. These objectives are in line with the Europe 2020 priorities, the development of smart cities, and the use of ICT to tackle wider social and economic targets.
After the signing, the mayor said: “I am ready to be an ambassador for this extremely important initiative not only in Bulgaria, but in south eastern Europe. Burgas joins the European strategy for smart growth. The Green Digital Charter is an opportunity for new partnerships, new projects and promotion of Burgas as a city of innovation and intelligent management.”
Burgas, together with the other signatories, will now participate in the Horizon 2020 GuiDanCe project, led by EUROCITIES, which follows on from the FP7-funded NiCE – Networking Intelligent cities for Energy Efficiency project (see here). Through exchange of knowledge and ideas, training activities and visibility events, it will support cities in delivering the objectives of the charter, as follows:
work with other signatory cities on ICT & energy efficiency
deploy five large scale ‘ICT for energy efficiency’ projects within five years
decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint by 30% within 10 years
Find out more about the Green Digital Charter and its signatories at www.greendigitalcharter.eu