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.
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.
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.