Paris - Climate and Energy Action Plan 2012-2020

Challenges

The Climate Action Plan addresses the need to create a culture of adaptation and promote a shared vision of a sustainable low carbon city with all stakeholders. The plan also acknowledges the need for Paris to continually adapt to be a more resilient, liveable and welfare-orientated city.  In the face of increasing energy consumption and a prospective 2°C temperature increase, Paris committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25% by 2020 and by at least 75% for 2050. One of the major challenges facing the execution of the plan is the economic stability in Europe. This is leading to a decrease in investment, and in turn, innovation for environmental actions. 

 

Actions

Paris had launched 80% of the initiatives within its Climate Action Plan by the end of 2015. Some of the actions undertaken to date include the planting of 5,000 trees since 2014, making 50% of the city’s public gardens open for 24 hours a day and the development of specific road maps and web tools for citizens for key project areas, including Housing, Commercial Buildings and Adaptation. 

 

Projected Outcomes

At the end of 2015, 80% of the initiatives within the Climate Action Plan had been successfully launch and GHG emissions had been reduced by 10% from the 2004 baseline line. The plan now aims for 25% reduction in GHG emissions and energy consumption by 2020 (compared with 2004), equating to 7 million tCO2e avoided, using a 3 scope approach, and to incorporate 25% renewable or recovered energy into the city’s consumption by 2020. A large focus is reducing GHG emission from inner-city transport, aiming for a GHG emissions reduction of 60% by 2020 (compared to 2001 levels). Alongside the environmental benefits the plan will also create 10,000 new jobs, and retro-fitting measures on social dwelling are predicted to reduce energy consumption by 30%, halving tenants energy bills.