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Municipalities plan to inject €1b in 300+ climate neutrality projects

The municipalities of Limassol, Strovolos, Paphos and Aradippou plan to inject €1b in over 300 projects for climate neutrality by 2030, under the European programme for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030.

The mayors of Limassol, Strovolos and Aradippou updated Deputy Minister to the President Irene Piki on how the programme is progressing and the actions that are being planned.

In statements after the meeting, Limassol mayor Nicos Nicolaides said the mayors had informed the Deputy Minister that they are ready to submit their proposals for the actions and projects to the competent bodies of the European Commission.

Asked what the actions include, Nicolaides said they address five areas: energy, buildings, transport, circular economy and seas and coasts. At the same time, there is also a horizontal section concerning digital policies.

As he noted, the actions include, among other things, electric mobility, the promotion of sustainable urban mobility plans, the creation of parks, tree planting in open spaces, for ships docked in Cypriot ports to be supplied with electric power, renewable energy sources, energy efficient buildings etc. "The actions aim to reduce the energy footprint, gas emissions, so that we can say that we have taken a substantial step towards climate neutrality", he said.

Mayor of Aradippou Evangelos Evangelides said in turn that "we are here to cooperate with the state, to move towards green transition, to support the citizens."

Μayor of Strovolos, Andreas Papacharalambous, said that green transition and digital transformation are the big challenges we have to face in the years to come.

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