What is the European Climate Pact?
The Climate Pact is an opportunity for people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action across Europe:
- learn about climate change
- develop and implement solutions
- connect with others and maximise the impact of these solutions
As part of the European Green Deal, the Pact aims to become a lively space to share information, debate and act on the climate crisis, and offer support for a European climate movement to grow and consolidate.
As our community grows, so will the scope of the Pact’s activities. Be sure to check in regularly to find out about our latest developments.
Why did we start the Pact?
The climate crisis is real, and the EU has committed itself to doing something about it.
Science tells us the world has to act urgently to achieve our Paris Agreement goals, notably to limit global warming to well-below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit such warming to 1.5°C above 1990 levels.
In December 2019, we launched a European Green Deal to transition to a fairer, healthier and more prosperous society, whilst guaranteeing a healthy planet for future generations.
We are not only responding to the science, but also to demands from stronger action from citizens. EU-wide surveys show that Europeans see climate change as a serious problem and feel that protecting the environment is personally important for them.
The solutions outlined in the European Green Deal can only succeed if people, communities and organisations are all involved and take action.
That is why we launched the European Climate Pact: a platform to work and learn together, to develop solutions and build networks for real change.
We are not starting from scratch. The Climate Pact wants to provide a fertile ground for initiatives, networks and movements that have already begun to revolutionise the approach to climate action in Europe.
The Climate Pact will empower the countless Europeans who are ready to contribute in whatever way they can, and reach out to those who have been less involved so far.
How can I participate?
Anyone can be part of the European Climate Pact. In fact, we encourage all to participate in any way they can!
There will be many ways to take part. Here are some of the first:
- Become a Climate Pact Ambassador
- Take climate-friendly action and make a pledge
- Register a satellite event
What are the Pact’s objectives?
- Raise awareness of climate issues and EU actions
- Encourage climate action & catalyse engagement
- Connect citizens and organisations that act on climate and help them to learn from each other
What are the Pact’s values?
We want the Pact to be an open, inclusive and ambitious initiative for everyone.
To keep it so, people and organisations wishing to take part for example by becoming Ambassadors or registering a pledge have to respect the Pact’s values.
- Science, responsibility and commitment: Participating in the Pact will entail positive climate action, inspiring or encouraging others to join. Participants will contribute with concrete, science-based, trustworthy actions with clear and, ideally, measurable outcomes to show impact.
- Transparency: Pact participants will commit to sharing relevant information on their actions, methodologies and results with other Pact participants and with the public. This will help participants and others to track progress, make improvements, learn from or join each other’s initiatives, and understand the overall impact of the action taken.
- No greenwashing: Pledges will be registered in such a way as to demonstrate that participants' commitments are concrete, public, and transparent. The Commission will develop an appropriate way to monitor progress, with different levels of scrutiny depending on the participant’s capacity.
- Ambition and urgency: To achieve the climate and environmental aims we need to challenge long-standing behaviours and assumptions, quickly and decisively. While every little step counts, Pact participants will also aspire to transformative solutions, including visionary projects, experimentation, innovative ways to cooperate, and healthy competition for results.
- Action tailored to local contexts: Discussions and action will be adapted to local contexts and target groups. The closer to people’s day-to-day reality, the better.
- Diversity and inclusiveness: Anyone, from any background or profession, will be able to take part. The Pact will aim to pull down barriers to climate action, including barriers resulting from personal characteristics, such as gender, age and disabilities. This will help Pact participants to be at the centre of debates such as those on the future of Europe. In developing the Pact, the Commission will rely on the creativity and variety of views arising from democratic and participatory mechanisms.
Do you have ideas for Pact activities or new and innovative ways people can get involved? Get in touch.
Commission communication on the European Climate Pact: