Barcelona

Spain
Mayor Ada Colau, Elected 2015

Barcelona in our Blog

This month, C40 is exploring what it takes to create a sustainable neighbourhood.  Anyone who lives in a city – no matter how big or small – knows that we experience the city through our local neighbourhoods: the places where we live, work and play. If mayors, urban planners, businesses and citizens can make these individual communities green, then they will be well on their way to making their city truly sustainable and resilient to the most devastating impacts of climate change.

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Mayors of the world’s major cities have called for national governments and international financial institutions to help finance low-carbon and sustainable projects. These reforms are crucial for implementing the New Urban Agenda and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. 

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At the City Climate Leadership Awards ceremony in New York in September, the C40 News team interviewed representatives from several of the winning cities. The interviews, which were also syndicated on Denmark’s largest TV network, gave the winners an opportunity to share the successes of their projects, the impact cities can have in a global context, and what it means to be part of C40.

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C40 City Barcelona is making strides toward providing its walkers and cyclists with a world-class green belt above the city. Passeig de les Aigües, as the pathway is called, received a 620,000 euro grant to enact such improvements as installing gutters to catch stormwater runoff, building underground water passages to prevent erosion, and compacting and strengthening the road itself to inhibit landslides.

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