A Juppé signing the GDC on March 26, 2013 in Bordeaux (© Thomas Sanson, Mairie de Bordeaux)On Tuesday 26 March the Mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppé, signed the Green Digital Charter making the city of Bordeaux the 35th signatory of this important European initiative. The signing took place, in the presence of Ms Elena Pedone, EC/DG Connect, at the end of the conference “does the digital make cities smarter?”, one of the many “Digital Week” activities that Bordeaux organised between 25 and 31 March.

Mr. Juppé, at his signing speech, emphasised that Green Digital Charter stands at the crossroads of the commitments taken under Bordeaux Agenda 21 and the Programme Bordeaux Digital City. He stressed that, as scientists predict that the southwest of France will be one of the regions that climate change will affect the most, the city’s officials, staff and citizens must engage and improve their energy behaviour. To this end, he explained, the city has already started to implement solutions of smart metering and energy control with the ambitious targets of reducing by 50% its buildings energy consumption and, thus, saving up to 8 M € per year.

Digital week event: http://citedigitale.bordeaux.fr/

For more information regarding the Green Digital Charter, visit http://www.greendigitalcharter.eu/ or email info@greendigitalcharter.eu.