• Blog post

  • Blog post

    The G20 summit in Hangzhou will be the first meeting of leaders from the world’s largest economies since the Paris Agreement on climate change was announced in December 2015. This agreement, adopted by 195 states, represents unprecedented global solidarity and commitment to action. Despite the numerous political and economic disruptions the world has seen over the past year, many countries are already taking steps to ratify the agreement as soon as possible. As host of the Hangzhou Summit, China deserves particular recognition for its leadership in implementing the Paris Agreement through long-term domestic policies and for having such a strong, bold focus on sustainable growth in its 13th Five-Year Plan. In China, swift action is already engaging businesses and investors in helping to grow the country’s low-carbon economy. It represents a compelling example for others to follow. Delivering the Paris ambition to limit global temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels requires economic, political and social change unlike anything before. It can only be addressed with the leadership and commitment of the G20 members, with the support of their largest cities.

    Read More
  • Blog post

    My city Amman, the capital of Jordan, is just one city already attempting to deal with the challenges of both climate change and a growing population. 9.5 million people live in Jordan, four million of which reside in Amman alone. The city is home to a rapidly growing number of immigrants and refugees; half a million Syrians now live in the capital, and our population has been doubling every ten years for the last three decades. Coupled with this growth in population is a rise in potential emissions sources; for instance, Amman is now home to 1.2 million vehicles, emitting around 1,803,689 tonnes of CO2 per year.

    Read More
  • Event

    Second China-U.S. Climate-Smart / Low-Carbon Cities Summit

    June 7, 2016 - June 8, 2016 Beijing, China

    The 2016 U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low Carbon Cities Summit is jointly organized by the United States and China and aims to promote the implementation of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change made by President Obama and President Xi in 2014, as well as the Paris agreement made in 2015. The summit will expand and deepen the leadership of city and local leaders on climate change and address key low carbon development topics such as carbon trading, air quality improvement, non-motorized transportation, green finance and technology innovation.

    Read More
  • Blog post

    Warsaw is one of the greenest large cities in Europe, with forests, parks and arable lands covering 47 percent of its area. As to climate and energy, our city was one of the first four Polish signatories of the Covenant of Mayors, a European Commission initiative for local governments to limit GHG emissions through actions focused on improving energy efficiency and increasing share of renewable energy sources. 

    Read More