EEA’s new report on the role of cities in European sustainability transition

On 10 December, the EEA published the reportUrban Sustainability in Europe – Ways to Environmental Change“, which collects the Agency’s recent work on urban sustainability and an assessment of the urban nexus.

The new EEA assessments highlight that cities should begin a process of integration in the social, economic, and environmental spheres in order to develop sustainability and an inclusive, protected, and resilient environment.

This report helps to identify important elements for improving sustainability, such as the transition to renewable energy, a sufficient number of public and natural areas, and also greater inclusion in the decision-making process. Aspects on which individual cities can rely for this sustainable transition are their local culture, knowledge and data quality, new technologies, administration, and financial management.

Finally, the package also introduces an “urban nexus approach” with the aim of supporting the identification of problems and opportunities and, therefore, supporting integrated actions, for example, the improvement of climate resilience and air quality.

Download the full report Urban sustainability in Europe — Avenues for change.