It will be no easy feat.
But Cork is set to become one of Europe’s first climate-neutral cities, joining Dublin on a list of 100 cities selected to lead the way on climate action and smart cities across Europe.
The Cities Mission will receive €360 million of Horizon Europe funding over the period 2022-23 as the journey towards climate neutrality begins. Cork City Council’s bid was supported by Government through the Department of An Taoiseach.
“The prioritisation of climate action will ensure that Cork can play a local role in addressing the most pressing global challenge of our time,” said Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleher.
“We all need to join together to achieve this goal whether you are a resident, visitor to the city, in business or seeking to invest in Cork: being climate neutral is about lower energy bills, less congestion, more sustainable transport options and living in communities where it’s easier to be healthy,” he added.
Cork City Council Chief Executive, Ann Doherty said the new status places Cork at the heart of the urban sustainability agenda in Europe.
“It will also mean a front-loading of planned investment in the city so that we can accelerate our vision to meet the ambitious growth targets set for us in the National Planning Framework, Ireland 2040 while leading on sustainability and climate action.
“This new designation by Europe positions us as a much more attractive city to live, work, study, do business and invest in.”