First meeting of the Bairro C Citizens’ Assembly to be held in June

In June, Guimarães is holding its first Citizens’ Assembly as part of the Bairro C: Zero Carbon Commitment project. The project, organised by Guimarães City Council, the Landscape Laboratory and RdA, as part of NetZeroCities, aims to convene and involve citizens in the discussion and deliberation of actions to achieve a carbon-neutral Neighbourhood C.

In June, the first of three assemblies will take place, attended by experts to help citizens decide on strategies for four key areas linked to sustainability: mobility, the circular economy, biodiversity and energy. The meetings will thus aim to give the municipality’s inhabitants an active voice in decision-making regarding environmental issues, so that they can contribute to environmentally effective solutions.

The Citizens’ Assembly will be made up of a maximum of 100 people, 80 per cent of whom must be residents of the parishes that make up the Bairro C area (UF Cidade, Creixomil and Urgezes) and the remainder residents of other parishes in the municipality. In addition, the group aims to ensure equality between the number of male and female members, as well as the inclusion of members from all age groups from 16 to over 65.

Registration for this initiative is currently underway and is aimed at those aged 16 and over. More information and registrations are available here.

About Neighbourhood C: Zero Carbon Commitment
Developed by the municipality of Guimarães, the “Bairro C: Zero Carbon Commitment” pilot project is an initiative that aims to take an integrated approach to energy, mobility, waste and land use, leveraging behavioural change, social innovation, culture, politics, green technologies, sustainable finance and new business models. The key part of the project is a Citizens’ Pact for neutrality and co-creation processes, thus making it possible to act in all emissions domains. The project promotes strong citizen involvement and decarbonisation by, among other things, promoting the use of public transport, energy efficiency and local renewable energy production, particularly in historic buildings, and circular economy strategies.