Cities are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they contain a large proportion of the population while also generating a large quantity of greenhouse gases. Many European cities, including Barcelona, are already taking steps to mitigate these effects and to adapt to climate change. The Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is a first step, involving local authorities and the general public in the fight against climate change.
Barcelona has been working for years to reduce emissions and to respond to energy poverty, as well as applying measures to improve the city's resilience to the effects of climate change. In November 2015, the Barcelona + Sostenible [More Sustainable Barcelona] network, led by the City Council, adopted the Barcelona Commitment to Climate, together with an initial two-year road map.
Now, the City Council wishes to go one step further. It has begun the production of its Climate Plan, an instrument that aims to bring together all current and planned actions related to climate change.
The City Council aims to involve the member organisations of the Barcelona + Sostenible network in the production of its Climate Plan. It has set in motion a joint-production process to compile contributions from all individuals and organisations who wish to take part.