4 November  2021 – Mayor Peter Kurz, Chair of the GPM, hosted the panel “The Local Green Deal: Achieving Climate Neutrality by 2030 with Mannheim’s Innovative Governance Approach” during the Multilevel Action Pavilion,  the home of cities and regions at COP26 in Glasgow.

The Green Deal is an initiative by the European Commission from 2019. Being an integral part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), it seeks to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy, while ensuring no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, economic growth decoupled from resource use, leaving no person and no place behind.
Mannheim has become the pilot city of a Local Green Deal, answering as an urban society to the challenges posed by climate change and the socio-economical transformation it entails.

During the event, Mayor Kurz has presented the Local Green Deal Mannheim, which encompasses the specific local implementation of the Green Deal, redesigning their sustainability policies. With eight fields of action, Mannheim is including citizens and stakeholders into the process of climate action, guaranteeing a just transition, and embracing knowledge transfer and innovation.

Cities are economic and knowledge centers, epicenters of social engagement and innovation. Therefore, cities have the power to unlock the potential for ambitious climate action. The answers to the global impacts of climate change have to come from the local level.

To read more about Mayor Kurz participation at the Multilevel Action Pavilion: https://www.mannheim.de/de/nachrichten/oberbuergermeister-dr-kurz-praesentiert-lokalen-gruenen-deal-bei-der-weltklimakonferenz