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20 years PRO-SUD – Mission Zero Carbon

PRO-SUD municipalities sign a declaration of intent to decarbonize the Minett UNESCO Biosphere

During the official ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Syndicat PRO-SUD, which took place on Friday 21st of April at the Ariston in Esch-sur-Alzette, the members of the committee of the southern union signed a declaration of intent. This declaration aims to pool efforts to implement a net-zero biosphere reserve.

The member municipalities of PRO-SUD thus declare their intention to work together to define a regional “climate neutral” approach. The 11 municipalities (Bettembourg, Differdange, Dudelange, Esch-sur-Alzette, Käerjeng, Kayl, Mondercange, Pétange, Rumelange, Sanem and Schifflange) will work together with all actors (private and public), building on the tools, programs and initiatives already launched, while improving the quality of life of citizens.

“To achieve the energy transition, we cannot act alone, without support. Most of the carbon emissions, 40%, come from mobility problems, and you can’t solve this type of problem by being a municipality alone. It is at least a regional problem, if not national and cross-border,” said Georges Mischo, President of the Syndicat PRO-SUD, at the ceremony Friday evening.

Claude Turmes, Minister of Energy and Spatial Planning, emphasized that “close and concerted cooperation between the different levels of governance, in the sense of a multi-level and multi-sectoral territorial governance, is the guarantee of an effective integrated implementation of the objectives of the government’s climate and energy policy and the objectives of sustainable spatial planning.”

The municipalities wish to strengthen their strategic cooperation by committing themselves at the local and regional level to provide the necessary means to the Syndicat PRO-SUD to support the 11 municipalities in their efforts and according to their priority areas.

The text of the declaration of intent of the 11 PRO-SUD municipalities

The press kit of the 20th anniversary of the Syndicate for the promotion and development of the Southern Region, PRO-SUD

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