It has been two years since the city of Los Angeles launched a major public works project to retrofit the city’s street lighting with energy-efficient LED (light emitting diode) fixtures, marking a good opportunity to assess progress. The project is still the largest LED street lighting retrofit ever undertaken globally; its implementation is ahead of schedule and the energy cost savings are surpassing original projections, largely due to continued improvements in the energy efficiency of LED technology.
One of the most powerful aspects of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is its ability to serve as a peer learning network among Cities with similar challenges and climate action agendas. The C40 Electric Vehicle Network is a strong example of this kind of collaboration at work.
The C40 has grown rapidly since it was first established in 2005. Now encompassing 58 cities around the world and having recently formed an integrated partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative, the C40 is continuing to expand its reach, forming groundbreaking partnerships (one with the World Bank) and supporting a wide range of climate-related projects. Simon Reddy, the Executive Director of the C40, talks about the origins of the organization and its future as a catalyst helping cities to lead the way on addressing the impacts of climate change by developing innovative, impactful action programs.