Sharing experiences and working together in the fight against climate change and adaptation is the objective pursued by the Spanish Meeting of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which was held in Pamplona on the 30 of November.
As part of the intense programme, after the opening by the Mayor of Pamplona Mr. Enriqe Maya and the Councilor for Rural Development and Environment of the Government of Navarra Ms. Itziar Gómez, the City Councilor Mr. Fermín Alonso presented Pamplona’s Energy Transition and Climate Change Strategy, including, among others, the support to Energy Communities, also part of Pamplona’s POTEnT Action Plan.
In line with POTEnT ultimate goal, i.e. empowering local authorities to play a role in energy transition, in its opening speech the Mayor of Pamplona stressed that Public Administrations, from central and regional governments to town halls, councils and associations, have the responsibility to transmit this new awareness both to companies and to all citizens. To this end, Pamplona launched the Go Green strategy in March 2020, which brings together all municipal actions in the field, with the aim of making visible the need for a change in the approach of the city, towards a more sustainable and friendly space.
The strategy, in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, arises after the declaration, in September 2019, by the Consistory of the Climate Emergency and as a municipal commitment to the construction of all municipal buildings with almost zero energy criteria. Hand in hand with the Covenant of Mayors, Pamplona has committed to reducing polluting emissions by 64% by 2030 compared to 2005, something that will be achieved with the implementation of clean energy not only in municipal spaces but also in neighborhoods of the city, thanks to initiatives such as the energy community of Mendillorri.
During the day, different experiences from cities across Spain were presented in several rountables.
Pamplona's experience within POTEnT keeps giving results, inspiring the City energy transition strategy to 2030.