COVID-19 recovery planning represents a clear opportunity for cities to make their economy greener and get to some climate change goals. Investing in green measures in cities creates jobs, sets local conditions for long-term economic growth, reduces CO2 emissions, prepares communities for future climate related risks, and makes for healthier residents. In response to the pandemic, an increasing number of green recovery initiatives have emerged, displaying cities’ high level of ambition as well as their capacity to experiment with innovative solutions. This session will examine the variety of strategies cities are making to achieve an inclusive economic recovery in parallel with environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
Champion Mayors speaking on this panel include:
- Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, Portugal
- Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone
- Susan Aitken, Council Leader of Glasgow, UK
- Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim, Germany