In the course of the meeting on ICT for Energy Efficiency, mayor Obersnel signed admission of Rijeka to the Green Digital Charter. The Green Digital Charter requires that, by exploiting information and communication technologies, major European cities find creative ways and solutions leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in their own surroundings and in wider areas by 2020. The signatories to the charter also commit themselves to addressing energy efficiency issues by 2011 together and in partnership with other cities, developing comprehensive ICT projects and realising at least 5 pilot projects by 2015.
The official signing ceremony has been held today as part of the meeting on ICT for Energy Efficiency – Information and communication technologies for energy efficiency organised by the European Commission in co-operation with Spain which presides over the EU and with EUROCITIES.
The number of European cities signatories to the Green Digital Charter – whereby the cities commit themselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by exploiting information and communication technologies – is increasing. The mayors of 14 cities have already signed "EUROCITIES Green Digital Charter" (Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Genoa, Ghent, The Hague, Lisbon, Murcia, Nantes Metropole, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Stockholm, Vienna and Zaragoza), while today it has been signed by the mayors of the following cities: Amsterdam, Bologna, Helsinki, Malaga, Nice Cote d'Azur, Porto and Rijeka. The City of Nuremberg intends to join the group in March 2010.
The European climatic targets can only be reached by the measures that help city administrations to take steps leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Green Digital Charter plays a catalytic role for the cities which need to co-operate in finding a creative and visionary way how to evolve from a city into a smart city.
The present integration of urban areas across Europe accounts for a major part of greenhouse gas emissions, however these cities are also in a position to find solutions. Speaking about specific measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by exploiting information and telecommunication technologies, city administrations supporting the Charter must identify possibilities to use new technologies, give an initiative to create suitable regulations, offer support to the creation of new forms of public and private partnerships in business, industries and the voluntary sector and exchange experiences and practice with other cities.
The Green Digital Charter was launched owing to talks led between the representatives of EUROCITIES, the City of Manchester and the European Commission. It was preceded by the Commission recommendation adopted in October 2009 which emphasises the role of public administration in achieving the EU targets by 2020. The European Commission will continue encouraging such forms of co-operation. The signing of the Green Digital Charter was welcomed by Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the digital agenda.
EUROCITIES is a major European cities network, that brings together the representatives of local government from 140 major cities from more than 30 countries.
Office of the City of Rijeka
Lea Stoiljković Medved