Hauts-de-Seine – Cities reveal their actions in favor of sustainable development

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For several years, many cities have committed to implementing actions in favor of sustainable development, the fight against global warming, the improvement of the living environment and the conservation of biodiversity. A commitment that meets the expectations of both the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Grenelle laws, as well as the UN, which has set 17 sustainable development goals from 2015 to reach by 2030.

Nanterre or Neuilly-sur-Seine has just released a sustainable development report to take stock of the commitments and actions taken in 2020 or 2021. Each report contains concrete examples and develops an outline of specific targets set by cities in particular. after two years of health crisis.

“Since the Grenelle de l’environnement laws, communities of more than 50,000 inhabitants must prepare an annual report of their actions in terms of sustainable development,” explains the City of Nanterre in its 2022 sustainable development report. An obligation undertaken by the Municipality to “highlight key indicators, key actions and expectations in this area”.

For its part, the Neuilly-sur-Seine website explains: “The 2021 sustainable development report, through indicators and concrete projects, describes the actions taken in 2020 in relation to the five objectives set by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity: combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and conservation of resources, development of all people, interregional and intergenerational social cohesion and solidarity, development dynamics”.

Nanterre Town Hall said cities must also meet the so-called “17 sustainable development goals” set by the UN since 2015, which will make it possible to achieve many goals and respond to “global challenges” by 2030. The report: “those linked to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, well-being, peace and justice.”

The mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, Jean-Christophe Fromantin (LR), sums it up for himself:
“This crisis has revealed the dependence of consumption and production patterns on a globalized economy. He also highlighted the weaknesses that the city’s utilities are trying to overcome by moving as close to the population as possible”.

The Neuilly-sur-Seine report, like the Nanterre report, reminds us of the importance of such an assessment and such actions in the face of the two-year health crisis that has shaken the whole world, and the environmental crisis that is already facing major environmental crises. countries. Mayor Patrick Jarry (DVG) analyzes it this way in his editorial: “In 2021, nature reminded us of the consequences of a system deaf to the limitations of resources: from the heat dome in Canada to the Covid-19 pandemic passing by the world. Floods and environmental crises in China now invite themselves into our daily lives. »

And to add: “The events of this year reinforce our belief that the future of Nanterre can only be based on a humanist, united and sustainable policy. In 2021 and despite the health crisis, we continued our work in this direction. Jean-Christophe Fromantin (LR), mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, summarizes: “This crisis has revealed the dependence of consumption and production patterns on a globalized economy. He also highlighted the weaknesses that the city’s utilities are trying to overcome by moving as close to the population as possible”.

Setting out the actions and commitments for 2021, Nanterre divides its report into seven sections. Neuilly-sur-Seine focuses on the actions of 2021 at the beginning of the year and divides them into six sections. Regarding the fight against climate change, Nanterre encourages its actions in terms of greening public spaces, reducing the “environmental impact of passenger transport” and participating in the fight against heat islands.

An example of this would be: “The redevelopment of the exteriors of the Cité des Provinces-Françaises”, with the municipality’s desire to “create a green lung and an outdoor activity space within the region”, new charging stations for electric vehicles and even residents of a bicycle scheme. to be built. In all areas, the City is already setting targets for 2022.

Various actions were also carried out to improve the green areas of the city and plant trees. “In 2021, there are 48,530 trees in the municipal district, including 157 trees known for their extraordinary character, protected by the PLU (listed on the city’s website on Storymap). The fight against pollution with holm oaks, which you can find on the rue Rouget-de-Lisle, makes it possible to capture fine particles of persistent leaves all year round,” says the report.

In Neuilly-sur-Seine, special attention is paid to reducing the “energy consumption of public buildings”. The City, for example, started the work of the Madeleine Michelis group, which made it possible to offer students a new playground and new common areas in 2021. City Hall is also taking action on public lighting to replace lanterns with “LED lanterns.”

Let’s add this: “Regulations on night lighting of non-residential buildings have been in effect since 2013. They have to be closed from 1 am. The city goes beyond these provisions by stopping the lighting of buildings and monuments from 11 am. Like Nanterre, the Town Hall places emphasis on charging stations for electric vehicles.

Among the many actions of Nanterre Town Hall is the installation of new charging stations for electric vehicles, in particular to reduce the ecological impact of residents’ movements.

Both towns have developed actions in favor of biodiversity and natural resource conservation for several years. The objectives of the UN and the Ministry of Ecological Transition include many actions around the living environment, the social economy, inclusion and even solidarity and social bonds.

Among the examples Neuilly-sur-Seine cites in “Let all Neuilléans flourish”, he focuses on the opening of the City Sablons theater or the opening of the Koenig sports ground. Since March 2021, the City has also implemented the “modernization of the reservation system for sports facilities, thanks to the replacement of Planitech software with Pomclass”.

To ensure the “inclusion of all audiences”, the City of Nanterre is laying out eight areas of action, ranging from “supporting parenting to promote children’s success” to inclusion of people with disabilities by supporting women who are victims of violence. and reducing the digital divide.

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