Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida Commits to C40’s Green & Healthy Streets Declaration

  • Mayor of Madrid commits to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and ensure that a major area of the city is zero emission by 2030
  • Announcement made by host city Madrid at COP25 

Madrid (9 December 2019) — The City of Madrid today committed to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and ensure that a major area of the city is zero emission by 2030, by signing the C40 Green and Healthy Streets Declaration. 

Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida affirmed Madrid’s commitment to the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration at COP25, taking place in the Spanish capital.

Madrid joins Paris, London, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Auckland, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Jakarta, Medellin, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, Oslo, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Santiago, Seattle, Seoul, Tokyo, Vancouver, Warsaw, Birmingham, Honolulu, Liverpool, Oxford, Greater Manchester, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood to become the 36th city to sign on to the declaration. 

"We would like to announce that Madrid has joined the Green and Healthy Streets declaration which incorporates two commitments that were already assumed by many cities: From 2025, all surface public transport purchased by the city of Madrid will be zero emissions, and by 2030, we will have implemented zero emission zones in the city of Madrid. The first one will be launched next year in Puerta del Sol, which is a main landmark of the city." said Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida. 

“Air pollution caused by petrol and diesel vehicles is killing millions of people in cities around the world. The same emissions are contributing to the climate crisis. It is therefore vital that political leaders at every level in City Halls and the UN climate negotiations act now to clean the air we breathe and limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. I’m delighted that the city of Madrid has made this commitment to creating green and healthy streets.” said Mark Watts, C40 Executive Director.

Signatories to the Green and Healthy Streets Declaration “envision a future where walking, cycling, and shared transport are how the majority of citizens move around our cities.” The cities therefore commit to:

  • Increase rates of walking, cycling and the use of public and shared transport.
  • Reduce the number of polluting vehicles on city streets.
  • Lead by example by procuring zero-emission vehicles for city fleets.
  • Collaborate with suppliers, fleet operators and businesses to accelerate the shift to zero emissions vehicles and reduce vehicle miles in cities.

Cities will report back every two years on the progress they are making towards the goals of the C40 Declaration.

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