Mayor, City of Mannheim
“Today, more than ever, we know that sustainable cities have to be our ultimate goal.” P.K
Globally (Global Parliament of Mayors
Mayor Kurz’ vision is to boost climate protection by strengthening the role of cities in global governance. In Mannheim, He has worked actively to localize the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the city’s mission statement, Mannheim 2030.
Here, the SDG’s, which are the basis for all actions in the city, were integrated into 7 strategic goals. This process involved the engagement of over 2,500 citizens.
In strategic goal 6, “climate, environment and alternative mobility", Mannheim describes a climate-friendly - in perspective climate-neutral - and resilient city that is a role model for environmentally conscious living and acting.
Under Mayor Kurz’s leadership, Mannheim, together with ICLEI, developed the Mannheim Message. Mayors from across Europe signed the Message and committed to supporting the European Green Deal by developing and implementing Local Green Deals. In March 2021, Mannheim published a study by the renowned Wuppertal Institute on how to become climate neutral.
Mannheim was the first German city to carry out a Voluntary Local Review to measure progress in the implementation of the SDGs and Mannheim 2030 mission statement.
On the basis of the Mannheim Message, the City of Mannheim has committed to being an Local Green Deal (LGD) pilot city by initiating a process for its LGD - based on numerous existing initiatives and strategies and complemented by targeted measures in the respective areas.
After the publication of the study by the Wuppertal Institute, the Climate Action Plan 2030 was published, which represents an integrated strategy for climate protection and climate impact adaptation.
A first milestone is the definition of greenhouse gas emission paths. Furthermore, the climate protection fund was established, which will provide 2.5 million euros annually over a period of four years for climate protection measures.
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