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Mayor Gregor Robertson, Elected 2008

Vancouver in our Blog

Today, CDP launched its annual InFocus Reports, which catalogue city climate actions around the world. This year, five C40 cities are being recognized in the reports for their leadership in climate change disclosure. These cities have received the highest scores in their regions for the quality and detail of their reported climate related-data.

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Nuestras ciudades están en el frente de la crisis del cambio climático. La subida del nivel del mar amenaza a millones de ciudadanos con inundaciones y, a su vez, los inviernos más fríos y los veranos más calurosos afectan especialmente a las zonas más vulnerables de nuestras ciudades. Las emisiones nocivas de los vehículos que circulan por el centro de nuestras ciudades contaminan el aire que respiran nuestros hijos. 

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Nos villes sont en première ligne de la crise du changement climatique. L’élévation du niveau de la mer menace des millions de personnes avec des inondations, pendant que des hivers plus froids et des étés plus chauds accablent les plus vulnérables de nos villes. Les émissions nocives des véhicules qui roulent dans nos centres urbains polluent l’air que nos enfants respirent.

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Our cities are on the frontline of the climate change crisis. Rising sea levels threaten millions of citizens with flooding, while colder winters and hotter summers take their toll on the most vulnerable in our cities. The noxious emissions from vehicles passing through our city centres pollute the air that our children breathe. 

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Today, C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD. The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.

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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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What type of renewable fuel will emerge as the low carbon solution for commercial transportation? How do you make the case for renewable energy in light of inexpensive natural gas? How does a neighborhood business association structure a community solar project? These were some of the questions being considered by over a hundred experts and leaders at the Renewable Energy Challenge during the GLOBE Conference and Innovation Expo this March. With over 10,000 investors, buyers, policy makers and leaders from around the world meeting to shape future markets, test policy approaches, strike deals and collaborate, the conference held in Vancouver, Canada, presented a pivotal opportunity for the world to take real, tangible action on climate change following the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

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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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In 2010, the City of Vancouver introduced an ambitious plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Known colloquially as “The Greenest City”, this Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (GCAP) serves as a guide for Vancouver to achieve bold targets in 10 goal areas – ranging from climate leadership to zero waste and even local food.

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With the recent launch of the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) there is a clear need to develop a widely recognized set of professional skills so that cities can hire people trained in the compilation of community-scale emissions inventories.

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As lead city of the C40 District Energy Network, Vancouver will play a critical role as a thought leader and communicator, helping to accelerate the uptake of district energy in cities around the world. Vancouver’s district energy leadership has been recognized globally; the city’s Neighbourhood Energy Utility was one of the finalists in the Green Energy category at the C40 & Siemens 2014 Climate Leadership Awards.

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C40 began in 2005 as a network of 18 megacities, and has since expanded to include 63 cities around the globe. To better accommodate the varying interests and capacities of its constituent cities and future members, C40 announced guidelines this October for new membership categories, which include Megacities, Innovator Cities, and Observer Cities.

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