Green City Accord

The Green City Accord is a movement of European cities committed to safeguarding the environment.

In signing the Green City Accord, city leaders agree to take further action to make their cities greener, cleaner and healthier places.

The Green City Accord will support the delivery of the European Green Deal and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Signatories’ commitments

Signatory cities will commit to tackling the most urgent environmental challenges facing their cities. By joining the Accord, mayors agree to step up their efforts in five key areas by 2030:

  • air: significant improvement in air quality by moving closer to respecting the WHO’s air quality guidelines and ending exceedances of EU air quality standards as soon as possible;
  • water: making significant progress in improving the quality of water bodies and the efficiency of water use;
  • nature and biodiversity: considerable progress in conserving and enhancing urban biodiversity, including through an increase in the extent and quality of green areas in cities, and by halting the loss of and restoring urban ecosystems;
  • circular economy and waste: advance towards the circular economy by securing a significant improvement in the management of household municipal waste, an important reduction in waste generation and landfilling, and a substantial increase in re-use, repair and recycling;
  • noise: significantly reducing noise pollution in cities and moving closer to WHO recommended levels.


In each of these areas, signatories commit to:

  • establishing baseline levels and setting ambitious targets that go beyond minimum requirements set by EU laws within two years of signing;
  • implementing policies and programmes in an integrated manner, to achieve their targets by 2030;
  • reporting on implementation and progress every three years.

 

Get involved

By signing the Green City Accord, cities will become part of a growing movement to safeguard the natural environment and improve the quality of life of Europeans. Cities will also be supporting the European Green Deal and the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In particular, cities will:

  • gain Europe-wide visibility in recognition of their environmental actions and achievements;
  • contribute to shaping EU environmental policy;
  • become part of a community of like-minded cities driving the transition towards a clean and healthy Europe;
  • increase their transparency, accountability and credibility within the local community;
  • gain access to information concerning EU funding opportunities;
  • participate in networking events and benefit from capacity-building opportunities;
  • receive tailored guidance and support via a dedicated help desk;
  • benchmark their achievements against progress made in other cities.

For more information and to get involved