A forward-thinking journey
The heart of change: Differdange’s role in climate action
Differdange stands at the forefront of an extraordinary movement. With over 70% of global CO2 emissions originating from urban areas, and cities being the living space of most EU citizens, the role of cities like ours in tackling climate change is undeniable. Differdange is more than just a city; it’s a hub of economic activity, knowledge, and innovation. Historically, cities have been the birthplace of significant changes and advancements. In this tradition, Differdange is ready to lead the charge in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fostering equitable decarbonisation, and enhancing the well-being of our community.
EU policies in action: Differdange’s path to climate neutrality
The European Union, recognizing the crucial role of cities in climate action, has set ambitious targets through initiatives like the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research programs, as well as the European Green Deal. These initiatives aim for a 55% reduction in emissions by 2030 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
Differdange’s mission: becoming a climate-neutral and smart city
In alignment with the EU’s Horizon Europe program, Differdange joins the ambitious ‘100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030’ mission. This initiative positions Differdange as a leader and innovator, with the goal of not only achieving climate neutrality by 2030 but also serving as a model for other European cities to emulate by 2050. Differdange is committed to this path, leveraging innovation and smart solutions to build a vibrant, sustainable future for all its residents.
Join us in shaping a sustainable Differdange
This mission is more than just a policy; it’s an opportunity to reimagine our way of life. It’s about creating new jobs, evolving business models, and fostering a community that values sustainability, cooperation, and innovation. Join us in this transformative journey as Differdange paves the way towards a greener, smarter, and more inclusive future.
A successful first step towards CO2 neutrality
Workshop “Sustainable living in Differdange” on 9 December
This month, the city of Differdange took an important step towards the realization of its ambitious project “Net Zero Déifferdeng 2030”. The first workshop in the ‘Sustainable living in Differdange’ series at the Aalt Stadhaus was a resounding success and a decisive turning point on our joint journey towards sustainability.
The event took place on 9 December 2023. Around 30 engaged citizens from all parts of the city actively participated to discuss, learn and contribute to the vision of sustainable development. The atmosphere was one of collaboration and innovation and was a testament to our community’s passion and commitment to environmental issues.
One particularly noteworthy aspect of the workshop was the participation of families. A dozen children accompanied their parents and participated in a series of educational activities on sustainability led by a dedicated team. This inclusive approach not only allowed parents to participate fully, but also involved the younger generation in the discussion about the future of our city.
The group discussions covered key topics such as energy, waste management, infrastructure, nature, nutrition and education for sustainable development. Aldermen Tom Ulveling, Fred Bertinelli and Jerry Hartung enhanced the event with their presence and emphasized the importance of the city’s commitment to these initiatives.
The ideas and perspectives shared during the workshop will guide the city’s future actions in its pursuit of carbon neutrality. This first workshop not only demonstrated the municipality’s commitment to sustainable development, but also laid the foundation for the next workshops in 2024.
We would like to thank all participants for their enthusiasm and valuable contributions. Your active participation is the engine of change towards a more sustainable Differdange and we look forward to continuing on this path together.
Check back regularly for more information about future workshops and sustainability initiatives in Differdange!