Rio+C40 End of Day Round Up

It’s has been an invigorating day here in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, filled with groundbreaking announcements, engaged discussion and determination from Mayors and cities across the globe to create a more sustainable future for the planet. 

In case you missed it, here is wrap up including what we announced today and the important discussions that took place. 

But just because our event is over, does not mean we are done. For us, the week is just beginning. So check back tomorrow for more information videos, photos, and insights. 

What we are doing…

C40 Mayors of the world’s largest cities today demonstrated leadership and progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The C40 will:

  • Reduce C40 Cities’ annual greenhouse gas emissions by 248 million tonnes in 2020 from existing actions. The collective actions of C40 Cities have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 1 billion tonnes by 2030.

The C40 also launched a Solid Waste Network in partnership with the World Bank and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. This initiative will:

  • Assist local governments in reducing methane emissions through solid waste management. C40’s partners will provide technical assistance to help participating cities develop viable programs and projects that reduce methane gas production, enable access to financing and facilitate sharing across this network of cities for active peer-learning and collaborative work. C40 works in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative, a program of the William J. Clinton Foundation.

To learn more about each initiative click here.

What others are saying…

  • The Washington Post : "The news, which New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will deliver along with Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes at this week’s Rio+20 Earth Summit, highlights the fractured policymaking landscape that defines environmental issues today. While more than 130 world leaders will try to hammer out a negotiated statement in Rio by week’s end about their sustainable development goals, many of the concrete steps are being taking by community leaders."
  • Bloomberg News : "The C40 group’s effort to reduce methane emissions will start in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the suburbs of Jakarta, Rachel Kyte, vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank, said today at a C40 press conference in Rio de Janeiro. 'The volume of garbage is going to double over the next 15 years,' she said. Taking steps to address emissions from that waste will be a 'triple win,' by improving health, curbing climate change and making cities more livable. 'Cities are the crucibles of innovation and it’s all going to start here.'"
  • Atlantic Cities : "So while it might be nice and useful to see some leadership on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions at the national level, down at the city level there is power, funding and inclination to take action."