Global expectations were high for the meeting in the Spanish capital, which was the fourth one following the landmark Paris Agreement.
COP25 aimed to fully operationalise the agreement, focus on concrete actions and measures to reduce emissions drastically, limit global warming to a maximum increase of two degrees Celsius, and agree on mechanisms for compensation, especially for low-income countries.
Although not all of these goals were met, cities stepped up and showed leadership at the negotiations. Local and regional authorities assumed a strong role at this year's COP, following a wave of climate emergency declarations and goals to become carbon neutral on the local level.
CIVITAS ECCENTRIC, led by the City of Madrid, took advantage of having the global climate conference on its cities’ doorstep and got involved in numerous events throughout the COP, highlighting the importance of a transition to sustainable urban mobility.
The project participated in eight conference sessions, focusing on the participation of civil society and addressing national delegations to the conference.
The ECCENTRIC coordination team and local partners in Madrid presented the project and its experience fostering good practice examples of collaborative mobility solutions in peripheries, like multimodal mobility stations in neighbourhoods, new urban logistics, and using e-mobility to decarbonise transport.
At a side event organised by the Carbon Disclosure Project and C40, the mayors of Turku (Finland) and Madrid together represented ECCENTRIC and shared experiences and challenges their cities have faced while collaborating in the project.
Author: Esther Kreutz