Mexico City is home to more than 8 million people and is the country’s center of culture, finance and education. But it is also home to one of the world’s largest landfills: the 927 acre Bordo Poniente Landfill. Now, in collaboration with the C40 and its partner the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Cities program, the city is embarking on a project to close Bordo Poniente. The move will not only significantly reduce Mexico City’s greenhouse gas emissions, but it can also generate electricity for residents. It’s an innovative solution to a huge problem, and one that CCI has been developing for more than three years.
C40 is pleased to highlight the recent publication of Ecomobilidade para o Brasil by Sustainable Urban Transport Project of Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
GIZ worked with 11 authors from Brazil – including C40’s own Adalberto Maluf, C40-CCI City Director in Sao Paulo -- and elsewhere to produce a book-length document supported by Luiz Carlos Bueno de Lima, National Secretary of Transport and Urban Mobility for the Brazilian Ministry of Cities. The goal of the publication is to provide specific tools for eco-mobility for Brazilian cities, with discussions and examples from Brazil, as well as case studies from cities in the developing and developed world from which lessons can be drawn.
Last week, the City of Johannesburg, with C40 and Arup, hosted Climate Action in Megacities, a side-event to the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban. With this round of climate talks now over, we hear from C40’s own Simon Reddy on the growing momentum behind an alternative approach that centers on cities.
C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivered today a keynote speech on new priorities for the Rio+20 conference during the Ford Foundation’s Forum on Sustainable and Just Cities hosted in conjunction with the United Nations.
We had the pleasure of attending the C40 side event in Durban last week as a guest of Simon Reddy Executive Director of C40. At the event Simon and a great group of speakers made it clear that Cities are leading the way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. As observed in the outcome of the Durban Climate Talks, countries are slow to commit to legally binding reduction targets. It’s cities that are moving forward without national or international mandates in order to save the planet’s climate.