It is a great opportunity for our city, says Mayor Hrib
Mayor From tomorrow, Zdeněk Hřib, together with Petr Hlubuček, Deputy Minister for the Environment and Security, and Martin Bursík, Chairman of the Prague City Council Commission for Sustainable Energy and Climate, will represent Prague at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The congress is organized by the UN with the participation of representatives of countries, cities and other institutions from around the world.
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The COP26 climate summit is a repeat of an event that follows, among other things, the Paris Climate Conference of 2015 (COP21), which resulted in the Paris Climate Agreement. During his two-day participation in the COP26 conference, Mayor Zdeněk Hřib will speak at several events – for example in the Eurocities panel, which brings together more than 200 large cities. He will also present a resolution of the Covenant of Free Cities together with the Mayor of Budapest. He also accepted the mayor’s invitation to speak at a panel hosted by the British and Scottish governments on the decarbonisation of building heating.
With its participation in the summit on Thursday, November 11, the day when the organizers thematically singled out the importance of cities, Prague will sign up for the crucial role of cities in environmental protection, present its climate plan and offer cooperation to other cities.
“Ecology and sustainability should not be rude. I am sorry to see that these issues are being abused by populist politicians, and instead of a real solution in our favor, they all involve just dividing society. Warming the planets is a real threat and affects everything. I would like to see adequate attention paid to this topic in our country as well, “says Zdeněk Hřib, Mayor of Prague, and adds: “The Green Deal is a great opportunity for our country and I am sorry that our conservative politicians do not understand it this way and the populists are once again scaring the public. By no means can this plan be linked to the current rise in energy prices that we are now witnessing. The sharp increase in energy prices is mainly due to the Czech Republic’s dependence on gas from Russia. On the contrary, investing in renewable energy will help increase our self-sufficiency and prevent similar problems. ”
The Prague delegation also holds several bilateral negotiations on environmental cooperation with other cities. “By participating in COP26, Prague confirms its position as a climate leader in the Czech Republic. Events of a similar format are a great opportunity for international networking. We are planning a meeting with a number of representatives of important world cities with whom we want to share experiences. We gain inspiration in which direction we focus our efforts. Prague can be an inspiration for many, because many of the projects that the capital carries out or is preparing are not only ecologically but also economically advantageous for the inhabitants, such as our Prague Solar Power Plant, ”says Petr Hlubuček, Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Safety.
At a discussion dedicated directly to Prague, the Prague delegation will then present specific projects that are being implemented or planned in Prague, such as energy production from renewable sources, tree planting, a biogas plant or cleaner urban transport. The mayor will also participate in the program of the European Committee of the Regions.
“At the climate conference, not only representatives of countries but also representatives of cities, regions, business and others are negotiating the reduction of CO2 emissions. The UN aims to involve as many actors as possible in the climate effort. Prague is going to Glasgow to present its own climate plan, which corresponds to the Czech Republic’s commitments under the Paris Agreement. We show that reducing CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030 is possible and the gradual decarbonisation of the city is not sci-fi. Untying Praguers from dependence on fossil fuels will not only improve air quality and quality of life, but is also economically advantageous. We are going to establish a climate partnership with a number of cities and hopefully we will be able to adjust the somewhat tarnished image of the Czech Republic after Prime Minister Babiš’s performance at COP26, “says Martin Bursík, Chairman of the RHMP Commission on Sustainable Energy and Climate.
The management of Prague abroad is aiming, among other things, for healthier air and less smog in the city towards carbon neutrality, more greenery in the city, less produced and its reuse or sustainable production of cheaper energy for Praguers and greater independence from energy supply.
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