Sao Paulo

Brazil
Mayor João Doria, Elected 2016

Sao Paulo in our Blog

Latin American cities have enormous potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – C40 research indicates that together they could cut emissions by 2,500 MtCO2 by 2030, or the equivalent of taking 526 million cars off the road. Fortunately, many Latin American cities are already taking bold climate action, creating and implementing sustainable solutions to enhance the quality of life of urban citizens across the continent. We are proud to present some of the region’s most notable accomplishments here.

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A few years ago hybrid buses were just technologies for wealthy countries. A couple of years ago battery electric buses were just a luxurious dream. Today, C40 cities like Bogota, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Santiago de Chile can tell the world that those low carbon techs are ready to run in these cities, and for good.

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This week, C40 Chair and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg held a press conference with the Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Parks Tau, announcing the 2014 C40 Mayors Summit. Mayor Tau said that the summit is “a historic moment for Johannesburg.” But when the mayors, their staff members, and climate experts gather in 2014, they will not be working from a blank slate. It will be the fifth summit of its kind, all of which have proven to be key moments to accelerate the C40 memberships’ efforts to further reduce carbon emissions and improve the quality of life in their cities.

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The city of São Paulo this week welcomed over 250 delegates from across Brazil to participate in the City Infrastructure Forum Brazil. The two-day forum focused on opportunities for sustainable development as Brazil’s economy continues to grow. Organized in association with Cities Today magazine, the forum brings together stakeholders from intergovernmental organizations with select private sector partners to share experiences and find practical solutions for local application.

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In a piece entitled “São Paulo Seeks to Be Sustainable,” the Wall Street Journal profiled the sustainable development work of C40 City São Paulo through its Água Espraiada Operação Urbana program which is a critical part of Sao Paulo’s efforts ramp up energy efficiency, cut water usage and ease traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

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The City of São Paulo, host of the 2011 C40 Mayors Summit, has released comprehensive guidelines for its Action Plan for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change , marking a major milestone since the 2009 passage of a citywide bill – the first in Brazil -- to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2012 (from a 2005 baseline), and address climate-related risks.

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