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Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Anne Hidalgo and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today announced they’re working to create schemes to score new cars based on their real-world emissions and their impact on air quality. The schemes will help consumers make better informed choices about the environmental impact of the cars they drive and prevent car manufacturers from exploiting loopholes in existing labelling schemes.

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For a number of years, a group of C40 cities active in the Green Growth Network have been working to understand the size and nature of their green economies. This information - including economic value, number of jobs, number of companies, specialist sectors, exports, and green growth potential - is crucial to help cities identify where the most effective interventions can be made and help make the case for further sustainable policies that help grow the green economy. 

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At the start of December 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the COP21 climate negotiations, regarded by many as a pivotal moment in determining global climate action. C40 was fortunate to be there on the ground to help showcase innovative and effective climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Through a series of fantastic events at Paris City Hall, Le Bourget and other iconic locations around the city, mayors from around the world gathered to celebrate successful projects and plans, share their stories and knowledge, voice their ideas, and establish opportunities for action over the next 5 years and beyond.

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Momentum continues to grow for new bus technologies among C40 cities. With the recent addition of Changwon, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, 26 cities have now signed on to the C40 Clean Bus Declaration, demonstrating the market potential for these new technologies to manufacturers. Signatory cities will have over 175,000 buses in their fleet by 2020, and have committed to switching over 45,000 of these to low emission.

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London’s government is very proud of the role it played in the founding of C40, and how we have helped shape its development over the last decade. Just as we are proud of being the first city to build a GHG inventory, develop a climate change adaptation strategy, introduce a carbon based metric for waste management activity and, more recently, develop a method of measuring our scope 3 emissions.

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Representatives and major bus manufacturers from around the world gathered at London City Hall today for the first-ever global Clean Bus Summit.

This builds on the Global C40 Clean Bus Declaration, launched in Buenos Aires at the C40 Latin American Mayors Forum in March 2015.  Four additional C40 cities signed up to the Declaration at today’s summit, bringing the total to 24 world cities that have commited to rolling out 40,000 ultra-low emission buses by 2020.

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During a recent C40 clean bus workshop in Bogota*, London was named “lead city” of the C40 Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Network. As lead city, London will play an important role in shaping LEV Network workstreams and act as a thought leader for cities around the world on LEV policies, projects and programmes.

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For the second year in a row, C40 and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) teamed up to bring a couple of international C40 cities to USDN’s annual meeting, held last month in Houston. C40’s Regional Director for North America, Johanna Partin, sat down with select participants to get their thoughts on the exchange.

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At the City Climate Leadership Awards ceremony in New York in September, the C40 News team interviewed representatives from several of the winning cities. The interviews, which were also syndicated on Denmark’s largest TV network, gave the winners an opportunity to share the successes of their projects, the impact cities can have in a global context, and what it means to be part of C40.

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In a recent interview at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, Senior Environment & Energy Advisor to the Mayor of London Matthew Pencharz discussed London’s rich history of participation in the C40, the importance of engaging cities in the developing world, and the benefits of not having to “reinvent the wheel” to tackle common challenges. 

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Every Londoner, business and visitor is affected by what happens on the city's streets and roads. 80 percent of all trips made by people and 90 percent of all goods moved in London everyday are by road. London’s streets also account for 80 percent of London's public spaces. With London's population set to rise by a further 1.7 million to around 10 million by 2031, the demands on the capital’s roads and streets from all users is only set to grow.

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On September 6, C40 launched a new partnership with Siemens to support one of C40’s core programmatic initiatives on Measurement and Planning. A breakfast seminar hosted by the City of London at City Hall was followed by a training workshop for European C40 cities on the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC).

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London’s population will increase by another 700,000 people by 2020 to more than nine million and electricity demand is still rising between 1-4 percent a year. We must invest in the capital’s infrastructure to deliver more secure, cheaper and greener energy. The Mayor knows that securing London’s energy future is as vital as the current neo-Victorian investment in the capital’s transport infrastructure and delivering the hundreds of thousands of homes to house our burgeoning population.

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Today, Mayor Boris Johnson of London announced the Low Carbon Prize, a green energy competition that promises to tap some of the “brightest young minds” in the capital. Open to London’s students, the competition is designed to generate compelling and innovative ideas for slashing London’s carbon emissions, and offers cash prizes to the tune of £20,000 or a paid internship with Siemens, the award’s sponsor.

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Delegates from C40 cities London, Madrid and Stockholm presented their work on public building retrofits at the ninth annual ESCO Europe Conference in Copenhagen on January 23. C40 European Regional Director Cristiana Fragola moderated a panel titled "ESCO programs and procurement approaches in European cities," which generated an interactive discussion among a diverse audience of city officials, industry leaders and regulators.

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Participantes-chave do Programa de Teste de Ônibus Híbrido e Elétrico na América Latina da C40-CCI, incluindo funcionários de governos municipais e operadores locais de ônibus estão numa missão técnica ímpar em algumas cidades C40 ao redor do mundo, para averiguar e investigar as melhores práticas de políticas de transporte, bem como o desempenho e economias de diferentes tecnologias de ônibus. A viagem foi organizada e liderada por Manuel Olivera, Diretor do Programa de Teste de Ônibus Híbrido e Elétrico. Em um relato direto do campo, Adalberto Maluf compartilha sobre a viagem até agora…

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Los principales participantes del Programa C40-CCI de Buses Híbridos y Eléctricos en América Latina, incluyendo a funcionarios gubernamentales de la ciudad y de los operadores de buses locales, se encuentran en un viaje de investigación a algunas de las ciudades del C40 alrededor del mundo, donde se están investigando las mejores prácticas en políticas de transportes, así como el rendimiento y la economía de las tecnologías de buses. El viaje fue organizado y liderado por Manuel Olivera, Director C40-CCI para Bogotá y Director del Programa de Testeo de Buses Híbridos y Eléctricos. Directo desde el campo, Adalberto Maluf informa sobre el viaje hasta el momento.

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Key participants of the C40-CCI Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program in Latin America, including city government officials and local bus operators, are on a unique fact-finding trip to a number of C40 cities around the world, where they are investigating best practices in transport policy as well as the performance and economics of different bus technologies. The trip was organized and led by Manuel Olivera, C40-CCI City Director in Bogota and the Director of the Hybrid & Electric Bus Test Program. In a dispatch from the field, Adalberto Maluf reports on the journey so far…

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London Mayor Boris Johnson is "totally committed" to bringing 100,000 electric vehicles to London, his environment advisor, Kulveer Ranger, said. Charging networks are a key component of this effort, and the city is looking to add 1,300 charging points throughout the city by 2013. Watch Ranger's interview with the C40 News Team below, and make sure to visit the C40 on Planet Forward, where you can see his and other videos.

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London, the founding C40 City, continues to lead the way on implementing innovative climate mitigation solutions.The Mayor's RE:FIT climate change program is helping hundreds of public buildings to get an energy makeover and save energy costs, following a £2.7 million boost from the European Investment Bank and the Mayor. The funding will pay for a team to support the program, and could help organizations retrofit up to 600 buildings with energy efficiency measures.

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