DSC_3645Following the example of the French cities of Nantes, Nice and Bordeaux, Roubaix has become the 44th signatory of the Green Digital Charter.

The Green Digital Charter (GDC) is a EUROCITIES-led initiative that promotes the use of ICT solutions to reduce cities’ emissions and promote progress towards tackling climate change.

On 21 January, Guillaume Delbar, mayor of Roubaix, joined the group of 43 European cities committed to using ICT solutions to promote energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and address climate change, objectives in line with the EU 2020 priorities and the development of smart cities. 

Guillaume Delbar explained that sustainability is a top priority for the city, which is demonstrating its engagement at local level, through innovative plans like the ‘zero waste’ approach, but also its commitment at European level.

The mayor said: “I am proud to see Roubaix becoming the fourth French city signatory, after Nantes, Nice and Bordeaux, within a network of sustainable digital cities committed to reducing their CO2 emissions by increasing the use of new technologies.”

The city, together with all the other signatories, will now participate in the GuiDanCe project, led by EUROCITIES, which follows the FP-7 funded NiCE – Networking Intelligent cities for Energy Efficiency project (see here).Through exchange of knowledge and ideas and visits to project sites, it will support cities in delivering the objectives of the charter:

A. work with other signatory cities on ICT & energy efficiency
B. deploy 5 large-scale ‘ICT for energy efficiency’ projects within five years 
C. decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint by 30% within 10 years

 Photo: Ville de Roubaix