For several years now, many cities have been committed to taking action in favor of sustainable development, combating global warming, improving the environment and conserving biodiversity. A commitment that meets the expectations of both the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Grenelle laws, as well as the requirements of the UN, which since 2015 has set 17 sustainable development goals to be achieved by 2030.
Thus, Nanterre or Neuilly-sur-Seine has just published a sustainability report summarizing the commitments and actions carried out in 2020 or 2021. Each report includes specific examples and develops the main areas of specific challenges that cities are facing, especially after two years of a health crisis.
“According to the laws of the Grenelle de l’environnement, communities with a population of more than 50,000 people must draw up an annual report on their actions in terms of sustainability,” explains the city of Nanterre in its 2022 sustainability report. Commitment made by the city to “highlight key indicators, key actions and prospects in this area”.
The Neuilly-sur-Seine website explains, for its part: “With the help of indicators and concrete projects, the 2021 sustainability report describes the actions taken in 2020 in relation to the five goals set by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Solidarity: combating climate change. , conservation of biodiversity and protection of resources, development of all people, social cohesion and solidarity between territories and between generations, dynamics of development”.
Cities must also meet the targets set by the UN since 2015, called the “17 Sustainable Development Goals”, which should enable the achievement of many goals by 2030 and respond to “global challenges”, Nanterre City Hall quotes in its report: “those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. »
The Neuilly-sur-Seine report, like the Nanterre report, also speaks of the importance of such an assessment and such action in the face of a two-year health crisis that has shaken the world and environmental crises that already face certain challenges. country. In an editorial, Mayor Patrick Jarry (DVG) analyzes as follows: “In 2021, nature reminded us of the consequences of a system deaf to the finiteness of resources: from a heat dome in Canada to a Covid-19 pandemic passing floods in China, environmental crises from now on invite themselves into our daily lives. »
And to add: “The events of this year reinforce our conviction that the future of Nanterre can only be based on a humanistic, unified and sustainable policy. In 2021, despite the health crisis, we have continued to work in this direction. For his part, Jean-Christophe Fromentin (LR), mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, sums up: “This crisis has revealed the dependence of consumption and production patterns on the globalized economy. It also exposed the shortcomings that the city’s utilities were trying to overcome by operating as close to the population as possible.”
Nanterre, which reveals actions and commitments for 2021, divides its report into seven parts. Neuilly-sur-Seine focuses on the 2021 activities at the beginning of the year and divides them into six parts. In terms of combating climate change, Nanterre is promoting its actions to green public spaces, reduce the “environmental impact of passenger transport” and participate in the fight against heat islands.
Thus, the following can be cited as an example: “renovation of the external spaces of the Cité de Provincia-Française” with the desire of the municipality “to create green lungs and an active recreation area in the area”, the creation of new charging stations for electric vehicles, or even the joint construction with the inhabitants of a bicycle plan. In every area, the city is already setting goals for 2022.
Several activities were also carried out to improve urban green spaces and plant trees. “In 2021, there were 48,530 trees on the municipal property, including 157 trees recognized for their outstanding nature protected by the PLU (listed on the City’s Storymap website). The tree takes up space, all the more important because it has many advantages, in particular the fight against pollution, for example, with holm oaks, which can be found on Rue de Lisle, whose resistant foliage allows fine particles to be captured throughout the year. round,” the statement said.
In Neuilly-sur-Seine, the focus is on reducing the “energy consumption of public buildings”. Thus, the city, for example, launched the Madeleine Michelis group, which in 2021 made it possible to offer students a new playground and new common areas. The mayor’s office is also taking public lighting measures to replace streetlights “with LED lights”.
And add: “The rules for night lighting of non-residential buildings have been in force since 2013. They require it to be turned off from 1 am. The city goes beyond these regulations by stopping lighting on buildings and monuments from 11 p.m. to 11 p.m. Like Nanterre, the City Hall also places emphasis on charging stations for electric vehicles.
The two cities have also been developing actions in favor of biodiversity and conservation of natural resources for several years. Among the goals of the UN and the Ministry of Environmental Transition, many actions are related to the environment, the social economy, inclusion or even solidarity and social connections.
Among the examples given by Neuilly-sur-Seine, in the section “Allowing the development of all Nevians”, the city focuses on the opening of the Sablon theater or the opening of the König sports area. Since March 2021, the city has also carried out “an upgrade of the sports facilities booking system by replacing the Planitech software with Pomclass.”
To ensure “all audiences are included”, the City of Nanterre is presenting eight action lines, ranging from “parenting support to promote children’s success” to the inclusion of people with disabilities through support for women victims of violence. and narrowing the digital divide.
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