Europe’s city mayors are calling on the continent’s institutions and national governments to pursue strategies that can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

On the eve of the Future of Europe conference, 201 Mayors – representing 62 million citizens – have written an open letter calling on leaders to step up to the challenges crisis crisis.

“The urgency of the climate crisis requires immediate action, stepping up our climate ambition and pursuing every effort to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C by mid-century, as evidenced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. Current energy and climate policies in place globally, set the planet on a global warming pathway of 3°C,” the letter states.

Among the steps Mayors want to see taken is the enhancement of the ‘2030 EU climate and energy targets and Nationally Determined Contribution to ensure a resilient, rapid and just energy transition’.

Miguel Arias Cañete, the @EUClimateAction and @Energy4Europe Commissioner, tweeted his welcome to the letter. It is now over to the European Council and its Member States.

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