Paris plans to be carbon neutral by 2050
Paris City Council has unanimously adopted a new Air Quality, Energy & Climate Action Plan (Plan Climat Air Energie territoriale, PCAET) that aims to be a carbon neutral city and 100% powered by renewable energy by 2050.
The council is undertaking a citizen consultation procedure to allow Parisians to participate in the implementation phase of the plan.
The Paris Climate Action Plan was adopted for the first time in 2007, then updated in 2012. The new Plan sets new, ambitious goals for cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with more than 500 municipal actions are detailed in the Plan, organised around three timelines.
By 2020, the city will accelerate the actions of the previous Climate Plan, reducing GHG emissions and energy consumption in Paris by 25% compared to 2004 levels and reaching a 25% share of renewable energy powering the city.
By 2030, an operational action plan will be put in place to deliver the objective of reducing GHG emissions by 50%, reducing consumption by 35% and reaching a 45% share of renewable energy in the city. Finally, the goal for 2050 is to build a carbon neutral city, 100% reliant on renewable energy.
"Reaching these objectives are an indispensable condition to remain under the 2°C warming of the planet by 2100, in accordance to the Paris Agreement signed in 2015 after the COP21," said Célia Blauel, Deputy Mayor in charge of the Environment, Sustainable Development, Water, Canaux Policy and the Territorial Energy Climate Action Plan.
Between December 2017 and February 2018, the Project of the Climate Action Plan was created following a public consultation which collected the opinions of citizens from Paris, the Metropole, the Region and the State.
More than 900 responses were submitted. Participants in the consultation identified three priority themes for the Plan: A sustainable food system, energy sobriety and territorial adaptation.
Several proposals submitted by citizens were added to the Climate Action Plan, including a study for the implementation of a food donation platform from private individuals to the people in greatest need and the possible extension of connections for the t+ transit tickets between the tramway, bus, Metro and RER.
"After a year of work and the engagement of several partners leading to this plan, I am glad that it was adopted by the City Council unanimously, which proves their will to fight for climate change," said Aurélie Solans, Adviser in charge of the environment.