C40 in the News
South China Morning Post: Chinese cities urged to act faster, go farther than nation states in acting on Paris climate change deal
The world’s metropolises should act faster and go farther than nation states in acting upon the historic Paris climate change agreement – and more Chinese cities should join the global network of megacities committed to emission cuts, Paris’ deputy mayor said on Thursday. He was speaking on the sidelines of a low carbon city forum in Shenzhen.
South China Morning Post: From China to London, Tokyo and Paris, cities are becoming greener by learning from each other
City leaders around the world are joining groups such as the Compact of Mayors, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities, to reduce emissions. Just this month, at the China-US Climate Leaders Summit in Beijing, the Compact of Mayors and the alliance signed a memorandum of understanding seeking greater cooperation between Chinese cities and others.
Aftenpost: EAT conference: Princesses, glamor and tough action (Norwegian)
Launch of the C40 Food Systems network.
Think Progress: The Second-Largest City In The U.S. Is On The Verge Of Being 100 Percent Renewable
The City Council is going to consider a motion this month that would direct the municipal utility to determine how to move the city to 100 percent renewable energy. According to the most recent progress report from C40, an international coalition, 228 world cities — representing 436 million people — have set targets that would reduce emissions by 13 gigatons of CO2 by 2050. Partly, this opportunity for reductions is tied to the sheer size of cities. Cities hold more than half of the world’s population, so changes can have outsized impacts.
The Guardian: Melbourne renewable energy project provides global blueprint
The Melbourne renewable energy project, conceived and managed by the city council, has been two years in the making. Thirteen major institutions operating in the city have formed a consortium that will sign an agreement to purchase a large chunk of their electricity from a new large-scale renewable energy project.
Press Release: EU Covenant of Mayors and Compact of Mayors launch largest global coalition of cities committed to fighting climate change
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy will combine efforts and leadership to accelerate climate action at the local level worldwide. Brussels, 22 June 2016 - Today, the world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change. This single initiative will create the largest global coalition of cities committed to climate leadership, building on the commitments of more than 7,100 cities from 119 countries and six continents, representing more than 600 million inhabitants, over 8% of the world’s population. The launch of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy comes six months after the historic Paris climate change conference, where cities were crucial voices in shaping and advocating for a strong global agreement, and is a historic and powerful response by the world’s local leaders to the urgent climate challenge.
Press Release: Wuhan and Shenzhen Pioneer Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Effort to Tackle Climate Change
Wuhan and Shenzhen will become the first cities in China to develop comprehensive inventories of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using a global and UN recognized standard. Supported by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, of which both cities are members and the World Resources Institute (WRI), the inventories will use the international gold standard, the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). This process, made possible with funding from the British philanthropy Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), is a crucial step towards understanding and reducing a city’s emissions.
Press Release: Dalian and Chengdu Become Eighth and Ninth Chinese Megacities to Join C40’s Global Network
Chinese megacities Dalian and Chengdu have joined the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, affirming the commitment of the cities and their Mayors Xiao Shengfeng and Tang Liangzhi to tackling climate change. The move by two more Chinese megacities reveals the determination of mayors to create low carbon and resilient economies, in support of the Chinese government’s commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Press Release: C40 Congratulates New Town Kolkata on Success in The India Smart Cities Challenge
New Town Kolkata was today announced as one of 13 cities selected for the India Smart Cities Challenge. The city was ranked number six out of the cities selected. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), which supported New Town Kolkata in their application, congratulates all of those involved in this major achievement for the city’s efforts to tackle climate change.
Press Release: Cities Define Key Obstacles to Achieving Climate Goals and Solutions to Overcome Them
For the first time, representatives from more than 80 of the world’s largest cities have revealed the barriers that are limiting their ambitions to tackle climate change, in a new analysis released today by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). Unlocking Climate Action in Megacities also presents a corresponding set of innovative and replicable solutions to overcome these challenges.