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At the end of 2016, just a few days before Donald Trump named Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, as his choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency, C40, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, released its new report Deadline 2020.

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The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, today officially opened C40’s permanent office in the city. Drawing on the unique expertise in sustainable urban development found in Copenhagen, the new C40 office will serve as a centre for the network’s global Business, Economy and Innovation Programme. By supporting greater cooperation between C40 cities and the private sector they will help to overcome one of the major barriers to mayors delivering on their ambitious climate change agendas.

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Access to financing is one of the major barriers cities face in their sustainability efforts, as identified in new C40 research. Mayors and city officials from around the world are responding to this challenge by pursuing innovative, strategic private sector partnerships and pioneering business models to reach their goals.

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The next four years will be crucial in determining if the world can avoid the worst impacts of climate change, keeping the global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees. It is now cities and businesses that are delivering the boldest ideas and most ambitious plans for a sustainable low carbon future.

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