Climate Change Action Plan: São Paulo, Brazil

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.

Under the leadership of São Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab and the Municipal Committee on Climate Change and Eco-economy, the guidelines were developed with broad institutional involvement of the São Paulo community. They  propose a set of projects and initiatives to improve the city’s infrastructure in key sectors, including transportation, energy, sustainable construction, and waste management. Importantly, the Committee will lead a consultative process to measure – and drive – progress on an ongoing basis.

Already, the city has implemented many concrete measures to achieve its climate goals. It has installed two of the world’s largest biogas power plants at its landfills.  It has created more than 115 kilometers of bus rapid transit (BRT) lines and is creating a network of more than 100 km of bicycle lanes that will serve more than 600,000 people. The city is testing hybrid buses and electric vehicles, and has set a goal of having its entire Municipal bus fleet (more than 15 thousand buses) running on renewable fuels by 2018. São Paulo is also improving the energy efficiency of its municipal schools and outdoor lights, beginning with the conversion of 849 street lights LEDs in Ibirapuera Park, where the Summit will be launched.

Find out more about these acheivements when the city presents key elements of the Action Plan, including those related to BRT and urban drainage, over the course of the Summit, and during Mayor Kassab’s keynote speech on June 1.