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Dublin Selected to Join EU Mission for 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities

Dublin City Council is delighted that Dublin City has been selected to join the European Commission Mission for 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities.  

As the local authority responsible for Dublin City, a European capital, the Council recognise the importance of capital cities taking on a leadership role in addressing the global climate emergency.  

Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland, said, “I am absolutely thrilled at this announcement, as I know my Dublin City Councillor colleagues are also. We recognise that we all nationally and internationally have a massive climate imperative and need support to realise our climate neutral vision. Cities like Dublin are central to realising this vision. Thanks to our Smart Dublin team the City already excels in innovating and harnessing smart technologies so our inclusion in the European Commission Climate-Neutral Smart Cities Mission allows us to build on that expertise and apply it across all sections of Dublin City Council to accelerate our climate change targets.”

The Council are working towards reaching climate neutrality by 2030, and making the city and residents resilient to current and future impacts of climate change. In joining the Mission we are committed to collaborating and innovating with cities across Europe to realise the EU Green Deal to respond to the greatest challenge facing our cities, our homes. 

Cllr. Michael Pidgeon, Chair of the Climate Action and Environment Policy Committee, said, “this is a big win for Dublin City. It’s a real honour for us to be chosen, as the competition from hundreds of other cities was fierce. The clock is ticking on climate change: we need to be jumping at every opportunity possible. This project will deliver funding, resources, and access to the very latest in urban climate action around Europe. Local government in Ireland may not have the powers or resources of our continental colleagues, but every part of our island has to be mobilised in the fight to prevent runaway climate change. This will help us connect up with cities across the EU to do exactly that.”

This announcement sees Dublin City join a very strong and diverse list of cities from all Member States of the EU. 

Source: Dublin City Council

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