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City of Oulu joins 210 European Mayors to Demand EU Emissions Peak by 2020, Halve by 2030 and Reach Net-Zero by 2050

Mayors call on European Council and Member States to commit to long-term climate strategy and binding, ambitious emission reduction targets.

Open letter published ahead of Future of Europe conference also calls for enhanced targets to ensure rapid and just energy transition, and an end to fossil fuel subsidies

The city of Oulu has joined mayors and leaders of 210 cities across Europe, representing 62 million citizens to urge the European Council and Member States to step up the EU’s climate commitments, to show global leadership and drive ambition to make rapid progress in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Their demands include:

  • Develop a just and inclusive European long-term climate strategy that enhances resilience and ensures emissions in the EU peak by 2020, more than halve by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050;
  • Enhance the 2030 EU climate and energy targets and Nationally Determined Contribution to ensure a resilient, rapid and just energy transition in line with the above goals;
  • Align the next EU long-term budget with this strategy, remove fossil fuel subsidies and mainstream climate action as a priority across all funding programmes; and
  • Commit all member states to binding net-zero emissions reduction targets and the above goals.

“As mayor of Oulu I am extremely proud to add my name to this letter signed by mayors from across Europe,” said Päivi Laajala, mayor of Oulu “The City of Oulu is currently working on a new environmental program, entitled Towards Carbon-neutral Oulu. In line with its urban strategy, the city of Oulu aims to be carbon neutral by 2040. The city of Oulu is ready to commit and contribute but we need the support of our government and from all levels of the EU to ensure we achieve these ambitious but necessary goals.”

The open letter, signed by leaders of cities in 21 EU member states and 7 neighbouring countries was published ahead of the Future of Europe conference to take place in Sibiu, Romania on 9th May 2019.



About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Around the world, C40 Cities connects 94 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe. www.c40.org

About CEMR

The  Council  of  European  Municipalities  and  Regions (CEMR) is  the  united  voice  of 130,000 towns, cities and regions federated through 61 associations across 41 countries. www.ccre.eu


EUROCITIES is the political platform for major European cities. We network the local governments of over 140 of Europe’s largest cities and more than 40 partner cities that between them govern some 130 million citizens across 39 countries. www.eurocities.eu

About Energy Cities

Energy Cities is a network of 1,000 local authorities located in 30 countries. We are the link between city leaders and EU & national institutions to accelerate the energy transition in Europe. www.energy-cities.eu/


FEDARENE is the premier European network of local and regional energy agencies and regions. FEDARENE organises exchanges of experience and partnerships between its members and promotes the local and regional dimension to EU institutions. It now has 80 members in 21 countries in the European Union. www.fedarene.org


ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. www.iclei-europe.org



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