Commission launches 'Pact' to engage citizens in Green Deal

The European Commission has launched a new initiative to engage citizens in the European Green Deal.

The European Climate Pact seeks to involve citizens and communities in EU action on climate and environment. The Pact aims to inform, inspire and foster cooperation between people and organisations ranging from national, regional and local authorities to businesses, unions, civil society organisations, educational institutions, research and innovation organisations, consumer groups and individuals.

The Commission intends for the Pact to provide a space to design new climate actions, share information, launch grassroots activities and showcase solutions that others can follow. The Pact will encourage people and organisations to commit to concrete actions, designed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and/or adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. In selected areas, the Commission could provide targeted support for citizens and communities, such as:

  • Buildings: Stimulating advisory services, facilitating smart financing and assisting local authorities for energy efficient housing
  • Mobility: Supporting cities and towns with knowledge, raising awareness, and possibly targeted financial support for sustainable urban mobility plans
  • Tree-planting, nature regeneration and greening of urban areas

The Commission is seeking input and views on how to make the European Climate Pact successful. Interested individuals or organisations can share their views here until 17 June.

You can find out more about the European Climate Pact here.