During the UNFCCC COP17 convention in Durban, South Africa, the US Embassy in Lima, Peru hosted an event entitled "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally,” which brought together climate experts on the ground in Durban with a gathering of national and municipal government officials and NGO representatives in Lima.
While national governments fail to come to an agreement on how to stop global warming, cities of all hemispheres are already acting. They would do even better if adequate financial resources were available. The C40 affiliate City of Basel, Switzerland, a centre for cleantech and finance, has initiated the platform “Global Energy Basel (GEB) – The Sustainable Infrastructure Financing Summit.” Today, I am happy and proud to invite all fellow Mayors and Senior City Officials from Environmental and Finance Departments of cities to the 2nd GEB Summit.
C40 Cities San Francisco and Buenos Aires were among the four finalists of the 2012 Sustainable Transport Award, granted each year by a committee that includes the most respected organizations working internationally on this issue.
London Mayor Boris Johnson’s plan to retrofit the city’s public buildings is hitting a new milestone. Four hundred buildings are on track for being retrofitted under the innovative program, the Mayor’s office said today, with one hundred of those participating in the program by May of this year.
Bogota, Colombia has launched an innovative pilot project to spur the use of electric vehicles (EVs) in its center-city taxi fleet. With this announcement, Bogota joins fellow C40 Cities such as London and Houston in taking action on EVs, as participants in the 17-member C40-CCI Electric Vehicle Network.