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    The Climate Strategy on the right track | City of Geneva

    In February 2022, the Administrative Council adopted a Climate Strategy integrating transversally ambitious goals to all of its public policies. Among the measures identified, ten of them were considered “flagship measures”, because they make it possible to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or because they generate numerous benefits, such as reducing noise, beautifying public spaces and improving the quality of life in urban areas.

    Status

    Today, on the 80 measurements included in the Climate Strategy, 61 are in progress, 5 completed and 14 not committed. Some concern the reduction of GHGs, others adaptation to climate change. The administration’s efforts focused primarily on the 10 flagship measures:

    Reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions from municipal built assets

    The City has accelerated planning for the renovation of its “major consumers”such as the Cité-Jonction and Asters complexes or the Queue d’Arve sports center, with the objective of a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. At the same time, several major renovation projects have started: the Vernets sports center and the Saint-Georges funeral center, which are among the largest consumers of municipal assets, will complete their energy transition within a few months.

    Redeveloping public spaces for active mobility and greening

    In two years, more than one Hundreds of parking spaces have been removed from public property. These freed up spaces could be redeveloped for other uses (cycle paths, green spaces, café terraces, public squares or pedestrian zones), considerably improving the quality of life in the city. The rate of reduction of spaces is, however, not yet sufficient to be able to achieve the set objective, namely the reduction, in the long term, of at least half of the parking spaces located on municipal public property.

    Electrify the professional vehicle fleet

    The City is gradually replacing its utility vehicles, such as garbage trucks, with electric vehicles. The reduction in noise pollution is particularly noticeable and appreciated by the population. The City is on track to achieve its 2030 goal of electrifying half of its vehicle fleet.

    Develop biodiversity and strengthen the green network

    In order to preserve and strengthen biodiversity and strengthen the municipal green network, more than 1,500 trees were planted over two seasons, more than 2,000 m² of roof and 6 school courtyards were greened and 4 micro-forests with a total surface area of ​​more than 1,200m² were created. These actions also generate significant benefits for residents, such as the creation of shaded spaces and the reduction of ambient temperatures.

    De-waterproofing the public domain

    There de-waterproofing of floors is essential to reduce the risk of flooding, combat heat islands, promote biodiversity and improve urban well-being. However, it is complex and the pace of projects does not yet make it possible to achieve the very ambitious objective set by the Climate Strategy. Despite everything, encouraging prospects are emerging for the years to come, in particular with the revegetation and pedestrianization of rue de Carouge which plans to clear 3,500 m².

    Promote healthy and sustainable eating

    This measure has made a leap within the administration and in schools. Between 2018 and 2022, GHG emissions linked to meals served in after-school settings fell by 30% (best results observed in Switzerland). The City has also reviewed the contents of the plates during the receptions it organizes, and encourages compliance with the Healthy and Sustainable Food Charter in refreshment bars, events, museum cafeterias, etc.

    Raise awareness and embark the population on the path to ecological transition

    Furthermore, projects to raise awareness and get the population on the path to ecological transition have been launched: implementation of an individual carbon calculator (with the Canton and 2050Today), development of a Climate Trail, increase in the budget support for projects linked to the Climate Strategy or even the creation of the first edition of Climate Week. Finally, a more complete progress report will be carried out in November as part of the second Climate Week.

    More information on the progress of the 10 flagship measures:
    www.geneve.ch/mesures-phares-climat

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