Climate change is increasingly recognised as an area of concern calling for determined action, as more and more member States are starting to feel its various consequences.

There is a growing consensus about the necessary transition to a sustainable development model and low carbon-emission economy in order to be able to tackle and mitigate the impact of climate change on the longer run, including with regard to the prevention of future global and transnational crises of an unprecedented scale.

The public administration is ideally positioned to lead this transition process as it has a dual role: as a consumer/user and as a policy- and decision-maker and infrastructure planner. In fact, public administrations in many member States already play a leading role by providing policy incentives to enable the transition and by implementing internal changes to their own modus operandi and activities to minimise their own direct and indirect impact on natural resources, energy capacities and the environment.

Turning public administration green also means formulating a vision to be shared with and by the population and upholding a commitment to find a balance between short-term (economic) and long-term sustainability interests.

The CDDG will carry out a Study, looking at ways by which public sector entities at national and sub-national levels address climate change, energy, natural resource and sustainability challenges in their own activities and projects. The Study will cover a variety of areas including working methods, infrastructure and procurement management, reduction of emissions and other pollutants, promotion of efficient use of resources (including natural resources), waste management and others. The Committee will also take into account the proceedings of the 2020-2021 edition of the World Forum for Democracy which focused on the question “Can democracy save the environment?”

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