During the community council on Thursday, March 10, elected officials of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines were able to get an overview of the 2021 sustainable development report. environmental protection, ecological transition and even sustainable development.
The work of the teams of the SQY agglomeration community has made it possible to provide a complete assessment of the initiatives and measures already implemented. These include actions on the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines compost plan, the development of soft mobility, the implementation of new digital platforms and the education and training of young people. A unanimous report put to a vote in the community council.
“A year of hard work”
“There’s 130 pages of intense work that brings together both everything that is done in the communities and everything that is done by Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines,” he says in the introduction during the community council on March 10. Joséphine Kollmannsberger (LR), mayor of Plaisir and vice president of agglomeration for environment and ecological transition.
“I heard about the environment in all sectors. “We hear about the environment, ecological transition, biodiversity and renaturation in all the action taken on society today, so it’s a really cross-cutting issue,” he says. Before presenting the outline of the report, the elected official wanted to return to this issue as “really well established” in the cluster and remind that “not everything can be done” because of regulations or budget.
According to Joséphine Kollmannsberger, the sustainable development report for 2021 is “even more intense than in 2020”. It represents a “year of intense work” for the agglomeration services, which brings together all the initiatives and actions taken in the region, initiated by elected officials responsible for cities and environmental issues. In the editorial of the report, SQY chairman Jean-Michel Fourgous (LR), who is also mayor of Élancourt, states: the region is sustainable development.”
The report, available on the SQY website, begins by recalling the history of the region and agglomeration, its mandates, and implemented and applicable “framework documents”. It is also explained as follows: “SQY agglomeration has resolutely chosen to take into account the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in its 2030 agenda and the challenges of climate change in its public policies. »
17 goals of the UN
In this way, six main axes were defined in the report and it makes it possible to address the 17 goals of the UN established in 2015. “We have files, very important parts, for example […] social justice parties with accessibility, Anru, the supporters’ charter and I’ll just mention a few”, explains Joséphine Kollmannsberger during the community council.
“Since the end of 2016, SQY has won the so-called “ITI” call for projects initiated by the Region. A tool to encourage regions to reduce socio-spatial inequalities,” the report underlines. Thanks to this system, the agglomeration community was able to implement about twenty projects, including “five energy renewal projects”.
One of the most important actions put forward by SQY lies in the work on accessibility of transport. The work carried out made it possible to increase from 14 accessible bus lines in 2016 to 37 in 2021, and now 68% of the stops are accessible to people with reduced mobility (PRM). “This progress has been made possible by the training of drivers, the renewal of the bus fleet and the development of a large number of stops,” the report emphasizes. He also talks about the electric scooter service developed thanks to the TIER company and the PAM 78-92 network.
Regarding the energy transition and the ecological transition, which splits into two axes in the report, SQY vice president states: “You have consumption management in new public buildings, you have Alec (Local energy and climate agency, Editor’s note) […] SQY’s partnerships with companies, residential renovation. The mayor of Plaisir discusses actions such as “improving soil quality, improving biodiversity” as well as “preserving tree heritage”, water management, renovating sewer networks or still installing short circuits for food.
At the center of these decisions is “education and training”. Initiatives cited in the report and by the elected official include discovery courses, inter-company mobility schemes, training in municipalities, and even actions in favor of networks of media libraries. Joséphine Kollmannsberger explains to elected officials on the welfare axis: “You have increased prosperity in landscaped areas, you have travel security. We are also in all the improvement works of bike paths, scooters, electrical terminals. […]. Vaccination is also part of all this practice, and of course you will find all this once again in the actions of Saint-Quentin and the municipalities. »
The final axis is citizen participation, which again brings together several aspects. Among them is the composting plan of the agglomeration community, which will be handled by Vivien Gasq (SE), the vice-president and also elected community member and opposition city councilor in Montigny-le-Bretonneux. “I’ve talked about this many times during my previous tenure and things just fell into place. It’s a success, we can see Saint-Quentinois taking an interest in this composting and I think that’s very good news. »
The official elected during the community council will emphasize that this report is a “beautiful database” that brings together “very inspiring elements to move forward everywhere”. Each of the six study areas specifically groups the actions of each municipality. So we can explore Plaisir’s action for “households affected by the crisis”, arranging multiple sporting trips in Trappes, planting trees or installing educational ashtrays.
“All this, Mr. President, is something we do every day, something Saint-Quentin does every day, and we’re already setting an incredible example. That’s why this report is important because it definitely needs to be sold and developed as well,” explained Joséphine Kollmannsberger in her presentation. He will use this opportunity to thank the people who contributed to the preparation of the article on various occasions.
“Obviously, given the number of initiatives, its management is very troublesome, but in any case, it still gives some pretty strong clues,” summarizes Jean-Michel Fourgous, before putting the report to a vote. It will get unanimous.
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