Warsaw makes massive investments in sustainable solutions
The Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski wrote an article for EURACTIV on the future sustainability of the cities. With a focus on the challenges of the climate crisis and keeping global heating to below the 1.5C goal of the Paris Agreement, mayor Trzaskowski believes that big cities are on the frontline of the climate crisis.
“The fate of our European and planetary civilization threatened like never before by the climate crisis, depends on the ability of cities to act and transform. The twin challenges of our age, securing a green and just recovery from the COVID crisis and keeping global heating to below the 1.5C goal of the Paris Agreement, will be decided in our urban centers”, stated mayor Trzaskowski.
“Warsaw, my hometown, like any Polish or European city, is no exception.” He explains: “In Warsaw, we practice what we preach. In recent years, we have been gradually yet profoundly transforming the city, to ensure we play our part. Massive investments in zero-emission public transportation –new metro stations, hundreds of new trams, and electric buses – will help to reduce the use of private cars. Also, we are phasing out the use of coal stoves by 2023 in residential buildings. Each year, hundreds of homes are connected to the central heating grid, gas system, or equipped with renewable energy sources. We have increased the size of green areas in the city; over the coming years, we will plant one million new trees.”
Making his argument, mayor Trzaskowski concluded: “I believe Warsaw, like other Polish cities, can set an example for the whole country. Together, we can make sure that Poland and all other European countries will embrace the vision of a green and just future, to match the aspirations of its people, particularly the young, setting up an example other world cities and countries will follow.”
The whole article is available at euractiv.com
photo: facebook Rafał Trzaskowski