EU in cloud cuckoo land: selects 100 cities for goal of ‘climate neutrality’ by 2030

Posted: May 1, 2022 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Politics
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Climate neutrality is an imaginary goal. In reality it doesn’t exist but the phrase serves as a peg to hang an EU publicity gimmick on, as they try to imply it can make people healthier — among other dubious assertions.
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One hundred European cities have been selected to participate in an EU programme to rapidly cut emissions in urban areas, with the aim of reaching climate neutrality by 2030, says Euractiv.

Cities drawn from each member state will participate in the scheme, representing some 12% of the EU population.

A further 12 cities from outside of the bloc will take part.

The EU will invest €360 million to aid cities in their greening mission in 2022 and 2023, which it is hoped will spur further investments from the private sector.

“The green transition is making its way all over Europe right now. But there’s always a need for trailblazers, who set themselves even higher goals. These cities are showing us the way to a healthier future,” said EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.

Around three-quarters of Europeans now live in cities, following decades of urbanisation. Cities are responsible for some 70% of global emissions, making them the ideal arena to implement climate measures, EU climate chief Frans Timmermans explained.

“Cities are at the forefront of the fight against the climate crisis. Whether it’s greening urban spaces, tackling air pollution, reducing energy consumption in buildings, or advancing clean mobility solutions: cities are often the hub of the changes Europe needs to succeed in our transition to climate neutrality,” he said.

The cities taking part in the scheme span the geographical and demographic diversity of the continent, from metropolises such as Rome and Paris, to smaller cities such as Gozo in Malta and Kranj in Slovenia.

Some 377 cities applied to join the programme, known as the Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission, with independent experts whittling the list down to 100.

Each selected city is required to draw up a plan setting out how they will achieve climate neutrality, including investment sources. The EU will provide cities with technical, regulatory and financial assistance when designing their plans.

At a press briefing, the architects of the Cities Mission emphasised the ability of local-level climate action to directly improve the quality of life for Europeans.

“It’s one of the miracles of action against climate change that by reducing our greenhouse gases we can reduce our air and our noise pollution, we can reduce our congestion and road deaths. We can also, over time, reduce our energy bills, reduce our dependence on Russian hydrocarbons, and create greater energy independence for cities,” a senior Commission official said.
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So-called scope 3 emissions – carbon emissions outside of the direct competence of the city – are additionally exempt from cities’ final carbon tally.

This means that the emissions generated by international transport hubs that fall within urban boundaries, such as airports and shipping ports, will not be counted.

Full article here.

Comments
  1. Gamecock says:

    ‘The green transition is making its way all over Europe right now.’

    [citation needed]

    “We don’t need to bribe them. We are just doing this cos reasons.”

    ‘The EU will invest €360 million to aid cities in their greening mission in 2022 and 2023’

    By ‘invest,’ they mean spend.

    ‘which it is hoped will spur further investments from the private sector’

    Why would government spending spur private investment? People figuring out how to line up to get government’s money?

    ‘“It’s one of the miracles of action against climate change that by reducing our greenhouse gases we can reduce our air and our noise pollution, we can reduce our congestion and road deaths. We can also, over time, reduce our energy bills, reduce our dependence on Russian hydrocarbons, and create greater energy independence for cities,” a senior Commission official said.’

    A miracle, indeed. So fantastic, one might think it bullshit.

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  3. JB says:

    Now THIS will truly be the definition of comedy of errors (if not horrors).

  4. JohnM says:

    How green is my city?

    Paris is aiming to redevelop the area around the Eiffel Tower in time for the 2024 Olympic Games, but the city’s residents are beginning to rebel over a plan that would see 22 trees ripped up.

    https://www.thelocal.fr/20220501/plan-to-fell-trees-near-eiffel-tower-causes-backlash-from-residents-in-french-capital/

  5. pochas94 says:

    Put stupid people in charge of reaching imaginary goals and, well, they have to do something.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Reducing carbon dioxide does nothing for pollution since it doesn’t cause any. Exactly the opposite in fact.

  7. oldbrew says:

    selects 100 cities for goal of ‘climate neutrality’

    The goal of being neutered by so-called climate policies.
    . . .
    “We can also, over time, reduce our energy bills, reduce our dependence on Russian hydrocarbons, and create greater energy independence for cities,” a senior Commission official said.

    He/she then woke up. Mentioning Russian hydrocarbons in particular is irrelevant in climate terms, just another attempt to prop up the failed CO2 argument. All spin, no substance — as usual.

  8. Phoenix44 says:

    If you actually wanted to do this, then you would select 100 cities, give them the money and say “experiment”. Then you’d see what worked, what didn’t, what was best value, what people hated. But no. There are advised by EU “experts” and will all do the same things. And so most will fail.

    Ah to be so dumb that you think you can plan the lives if tens of millions of people.

  9. Daedalus says:

    Off Topic.
    I have been reading this blog for as long as I can remember and one thing has been annoying me about it for I think most of that time. Please, please, please, can you provide a straight link to any articles. Rather than have the more link that then at the end links to the article. I know it’s not much, but it is a pain.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Daedalus – the article is usually linked in the first paragraph also, e.g. in this post click on ‘says Euractiv’.
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    Fossil Fuels Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon
    May 01, 2022

    Despite the global push toward renewable energy, fossil fuels aren’t likely to go anywhere anytime soon.

    The world’s demand for oil is currently greater than the supply available.

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Fossil-Fuels-Arent-Going-Away-Anytime-Soon.html

  11. Chaswarnertoo says:

    The EUSSR has gone utterly bonkers. Can Mr Putin just lob a small nuke on them for us?

  12. oldbrew says:

    Half Of France’s Nuclear Reactors Are Shutdown Amid Energy Crisis
    May 1, 2022

    https://tradeforprofit.net/2022/05/half-of-frances-nuclear-reactors-are-shutdown-amid-energy-crisis/
    . . .
    Something must be taking their place.

  13. ivan says:

    Oh dear, do I see the UN agenda 21 and agenda 30 tryout here? It certainly sounds like it.

    The chosen cities have to be very small because I don’t see that 360 million buying many electric buses and/or cars for people to get to work, especially when said buses tend to catch fire.

    Much of this will end up as virtue signalling by the city fathers but will be taken a blueprint for the unelected bosses of the EU to impose on all the other cities.

  14. pochas94 says:

    Most people are not atmospheric physicists. Their goal is reasonable prosperity. If present, they enjoy it, and tolerate some foolishness. When it declines, they look for remedies.

  15. Gamecock says:

    Indeed. What we are seeing is EU decadence. Due to their prosperity, they can engage in all sorts of nefarious activities. Which will reduce prosperity. Which will slap their decadent faces with reality.

    The cycle has rolled on since at least Roman times.

  16. Ned Nikolov says:

    test

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