Submitted by: City Council of Murcia
Implemented country: Spain
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOCAL STRATEGY TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF MURCIA (ELCC)
Since the Aalborg Letter was signed in 1998, the City of Murcia has been implementing various measures as a result of its sustainability policy. The ELCC is responding to the need to adopt measures that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions applied by all of the nations. It proposes a whole series of actions aimed at effectively reducing the GHG generated by urban activities so as to comply with the Kyoto objectives and to mitigate the effects of climate change. The overall objective is to reduce the CO2 emissions generated in 2004 by 20% in the short term (2008-12 period). This would mean reducing CO2 emissions to 0.24 Mt of CO2 in Murcia. In compliance with the Covenant of Mayors, the goal is to attain the objective known as the triple 20: reducing GHG emissions by 20% in 2020 by improving energy efficiency by 20% and increasing the use of renewable energies by 20%. More than 48,000 tnCO2/year has already been saved with the 95 actions initiated (out of 115 proposals). Moreover, carrying out the ELCC has meant adopting a series of environmental changes that will be maintained over time, a greater push towards encouraging energy savings and energy efficiency in municipal development, the implementation and promotion of bicycle use, a commitment to sustainable mobility, the creation of long-term monitoring indicators for each one of the actions and more environmental awareness among the population, covering the highest number of possible social sectors, especially women, the elderly, school children and the immigrant population (registered foreign residents: 59,470 people).