The World’s Climate Capital? COP21 and the Greening of Paris

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities and LSE European Institute

Paris’ Deputy Mayor for Environment, Célia Blauel reflected on how hosting the world’s largest climate event helped accelerate the transition to a greener city. Blauel and her team plan to use the platform of COP21 to cement the city’s legacy of innovative urban sustainability initiatives in areas such as climate adaptation, water policy, air and noise pollution, renewable energy, and increasing awareness of the need for sustainable development. But how exactly will Paris extend its legacy of green innovation, including car free days and its ambitious climate plan that will see the city reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2020?

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    Célia Blauel

    Célia Blauel has been the Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of the Environment, Sustainable Development, the Climate Plan for Energy, and Hydric resources since 2014.  A member of the Green Party since 2006, she is particularly active in matters such as housing, health, and environment. In addition, she has worked for the INPES, the National Institute for Health Prevention and Education, as the responsible for national communication campaigns relating to the use of alcohol, psychoactive substances, and addictions. In 2008, she was elected to the position of counselor of the City of Paris’ 14th district. During her term of office, she worked for the development of community gardening and to help raising public debate on the conciliation of new technologies with health issues.

    Philipp Rode

    Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As researcher, consultant and advisor he has been directing interdisciplinary projects comprising urban governance, transport, city planning and urban design at the LSE since 2003. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities, and on sustainable urban development, transport and mobility. Rode is co-directing the cities workstream of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and has co-led the United Nations Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).