Paris, a sustainable city

Why choose Paris for your eco-friendly event? Because the City is doing its utmost to adopt 21st century sustainable development practices. The objectives? An increasingly inclusive, open, innovative, and environmentally friendly capital!

Rue des Thermopyles, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

MEASURES IN FAVOUR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN PARIS

Paris is actively engaged in climate protection, the quality of the environment and water, biodiversity, the personal development of all citizens, social cohesion and solidarity between local areas and generations, as well as responsible modes of production and consumption.

It does this through a number of measures:

1/ Fighting against global warming and adapting the City to climate change
With, among others, the ‘Paris Climate Action Plan’ (‘Plan Climat Air Energie’)
For example: already 20% less GHG emissions between 2004 and 2018, objective carbon neutrality in 2050, 94% of Parisians are now less than 7 minutes from one of 922 cool spots ‘îlots de fraîcheur’ in the capital …

2/ Improving the quality of the environment in Paris
With, among others, the Paris Cycling Plan (‘Plan Vélo de Paris’), the Paris Pedestrian Strategy (Stratégie Paris Piéton), etc.
For example: the total cyclable network increased from 200 km in 2001 to 1,094 km in 2021, the Seine riverbanks have been redeveloped for pedestrians and users of non-motorized forms of transport…

3/ Supporting biodiversity in Paris: green infrastructure and blue infrastructure
With, among others, the Biodiversity Plan (‘Plan Biodiversité’), the ‘Wildlife in the City’ (‘Animal en ville’) strategy, the Action Plan to improve the water quality of the Seine’ (‘Plan d’action d’Amélioration de la Qualité de l’Eau de la Seine’), etc.
For example: 15 hectares of parks and gardens, plus 15 hectares of urban agriculture were created between 2014 and 2018 …

4/ Contributing to the personal fulfilment of everyone through civic participation
With, among others, the ‘Participatory Budget’ (‘Budget Participatif’) 25% of which is allocated to climate action.
For example: 3,031 projects were carried out between 2014 and 2022 within the framework of the Participatory Budget’ including greening of walls, streets, squares, installation of composters, planters, beehives …

5/ Strengthening social inclusion and solidarity between different areas and between generations
With, among others, the ‘Disability, Inclusion and Univeral Accessiblility Strategy’ (‘Stratégie Handicap, Inclusion et Accessibilité universelle’), the ‘Women-Men Equality Plan’ (‘Plan Égalité Femmes-Hommes’), etc.
For example: 229 municipal facilities were made accessible to people with disabilities in 2018, creation of the accelerator Handic’Up Access dedicated to technical and social innovation for people with disabilities in 2019, City Hall has had the label ‘Professional equality between women and men’ (‘Égalité professionnelle entre les femmes et les hommes’) and ‘Diversity’ (‘Diversité’) since 2019 …

6/ Promoting responsible production and consumption patterns and developing the circular economy
With, among others, the ‘Sustainable Food Strategy' (‘Stratégie pour une alimentation durable’), the ‘Circular Economy Plan’ (‘Plan Économie Circulaire’), the ‘Make it in Paris Plan’ (‘Plan Fabriquer à Paris’), etc.
For example: 85% of the food supplied in day-care centres is sustainable, target of 90% sustainable food in collective restaurants by 2050, 10% less household and similar waste between 2010 and 2020…

Find out more about the city of Paris’s commitments and actions in favour of sustainable development:
> Paris.fr / Le développement durable à Paris (in French)

CHARTER FOR ECO-FRIENDLY EVENTS IN PARIS

As part of its measures to promote sustainable development and combat climate change, the City of Paris has set up the Charter for Eco-friendly events to encourage and help event planners to reduce the environmental footprint of their events. The Charter is based on 8 objectives, split into 2 themes:

Eco-designing the event

1. Limit the environmental footprint of people and goods.
2. Economize energy resources.
3. Favour the use of reusable and recyclable products and facilities.
4. Reduce, sort, and recycle waste.
5. Give priority to sustainable catering.

Eco-communication and raising public awareness

6. Establish environmentally friendly communication.
7. Raise awareness about sustainable development issues.
8. To identify, raise awareness about and offset the ecological footprint of the event.

This charter is also a useful promotional tool as the City of Paris acts as a relay for eco-friendly events.

Find out more about the Charter for Eco-friendly Events:
> Paris.fr / Charte des événements écoresponsables (in French)

More and more professionals in the tourist and events industry are integrating sustainability into their daily practices and processes. From transport to accommodation, Paris is full of service providers who are eco-committed to adapting to the challenges of the future. See a selection of service providers in each category who have chosen to take action!

The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau helps you find the best suppliers

PCOs, DMCs, spaces for private hire, hotels, catering services, transport, activities … The Bureau provides you with information on establishments and service providers that are committed to eco-friendly and socially responsible practices!

CONVENTION.PARISINFO.com / Eco-friendly PCOs and DMCs
CONVENTION.PARISINFO.com / Eco-friendly event venues
CONVENTION.PARISINFO.com / Eco-friendly  accommodation
CONVENTION.PARISINFO.com / Eco-friendly  caterers
CONVENTION.PARISINFO.com / Eco-friendly  transport
CONVENTION.PARISINFO.com / Eco-friendly  activities and entertainment