In this interview with the C40 News team during the Sao Paulo Summit, Dr. Rohit Aggarwala discusses a new focus at the C40 on data and accountability. Watch the full video with Dr. Aggarwala, special advisor to C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Last Thursday, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the initial Partners of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago, a C40 City. This challenge is part of the White House-led Better Buildings Initiative to increase private sector investment in building energy efficiency and reduce energy use in buildings by 20 percent by 2020 to save money, create jobs, and improve our environment. The focus and potential of the Better Buildings Challenge is to spur job creation in the construction and building industries.
In this exclusive interview with the C40 News Team during the Summit in Sao Paulo, Mayor Mike Bloomberg talks about why the role mayors and cities play is critical to combatting the impact of global climate change: “Cities are on the front line because federal and national and international organizations aren’t doing anything.”
Cities can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and cultivate a new fuel source by managing methane emissions from landfills, Lawson Oates, Director of Toronto’s Environment Office, told the C40 News Team. Methane is 21-times more potent than carbon dioxide as a GHG, making urban waste management efforts all the more important. And through creative planning and resource allocation, many cities can address the methane issue head on, turning a problem into an asset.