Auvergne-Rhône Alpes (France)

Country: France

Population: 6.449.000

GDP per capita USD: 42.503

Website: http://www.auvergne-rhone-alpes.developpement-durable.gouv.fr

Rhone Alpes has established an ambitious climate and sustainable development policy in 2004. The policy applies sustainable development policies to the regional administration itself and aims to encourage that all subsidised activities and stakeholders take into account climate issues. In 2013, the region has adopted a climate plan and has the target of 40% reduction in GHG emissions by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (based on 1990 levels). In 2015 Rhone Alpes has announced its new target of reducing its emissions from 80 to 85% by 2050. Regarding climate change adaptation, the region has implemented an Observatory of Climate Change Effects in order to anticipate the issues that will confront the region due to climate change.

Rhone Alpes has launched more than 60 actions for sustainable development since 2005. The regional Council incorporates sustainable development considerations into every policy and project. This is shown in its Public Procurement, in which all regional contracts are required to include a sustainability clause. Rhone Alpes provides a high volume of financial support to projects in sustainable development.

Rhone Alpes is also leading a strategy for the restoration and preservation of “green corridors” within its territory in order to protect biodiversity. Through funding contracts with local stakeholder, several areas are receiving support.

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