Proper investment in mass transit is absolutely vital to a green and just recovery from the pandemic, providing millions of good green jobs, cutting carbon emissions and improving equity in cities. Now is the time to be accelerating investment in public transport.
By Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo & Mark Watts, Executive Director C40 Cities
Youth activists across the globe are striking to demand urgent, concrete, and ambitious action from world leaders in response to the climate crisis. On their list of immediate actions is a call for annual binding carbon budgets, in line with the science, to give us a chance of limiting global heating to 1.5°C. Oslo has used annual carbon budgets to cut emissions in the city since 2016. This model is being used in other cities seeking to do the same.
Moscow’s new transport policy is focused on providing effective measures to reduce air pollution, making the city a safer, greener place to live, as well as ensuring we are more resilient to the challenges of the climate crisis.
Moscow is innovating in energy efficient construction to try and meet the challenges of the climate crisis and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Building and construction currently account for a third of the world’s energy consumption and cause almost half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore it is urgent all cities, Moscow included, develop a more sustainable approach to construction.
The historic city of Moscow has challenged itself to develop into a convenient, comfortable and healthy city for its residents by creating new, and transforming existing, green areas. These urban green areas are vital to building a green infrastructure as together we recognise the value of access to green, public spaces for all.