City role in tackling climate change: Warsaw example

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Warsaw's efforts to reduce its carbon emissions are featured in a new Covenant of Mayors video case study

EUROCITIES member Warsaw is featured in the latest Covenant of Mayors video case study. The video highlights some of the activities the Polish capital has undertaken to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020.

These include replacing its outdated lighting system with LED lighting using energy performance contracts; the construction of a new metro line; and the retrofitting of public buildings.

Ahead of the COP 19, which takes place in Warsaw this November, Warsaw’s mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, president of EUROCITIES, spoke of the importance of cities in fighting climate change: “Cities consume nearly 80% of all energy used in the European Union. Their share in greenhouse gases emissions is about the same. This clearly shows the cities’ key role in tackling climate change.”