It is important to build a sustainable city model which simultaneously considers social, economic and environmental issues in order to improve our quality of life, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stimulate the local economy whilst preserving natural resources and the landscape.

The city' s commitment is taking on a new dimension with the launch of Agenda 21, a major tool to enhance the attractiveness, employment and buying power of Cannes' population, based on 4 strategic objectives:

  • A harmonious and more practical Cannes for a better quality of life
  • A united Cannes to create a more inclusive city
  • A dynamic Cannes, focused on the future, enhancing its overall appeal
  • A civic-minded and model Cannes managed in an increasingly more sustainable way

Some of the key Agenda 21 initiatives

  • A comprehensive approach to Arts and Culture Education
  • A plan to re-use treated water from the wastewater treatment plant
  • The Zero Plastic Plan
  • A policy to prevent major risks
  • The Charter for sustainable cruises in the Bay of Cannes and other initiatives to protect the sea
  • The safeguarding of 85 hectares of natural and agricultural areas

Cannes, a region with positive energy

  • The City of Cannes has been government-nominated as an ambassador for "Territoire à énergie positive pour la croissance verte" projects ("A positive energy region for green growth".) to finance projects promoting sustainable energy. Find out more
  • Participation in two European programmes to increase its resilience to climate change: In 2020, the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) and in 2021. two international initiatives the "Accord des Villes Vertes" and "Making Cities Resilient 2030"
  • Cannes City Council and the Lérins monastic community have each joined the international SMILO network (an NGO that brings together small islands worldwide which are not connected to the mainland) for Ile Sainte-Marguerite and Ile Saint-Honorat with the aim of obtaining "sustainable island" status. This label recognises small islands' best practices in terms of water and sanitation, energy, waste, biodiversity and landscape over a period of five years. The archipelago was awarded the "In Progress" label by this independent global association as well as awards for Landscape, Ecosystems and Biodiversity and Waste.