C40 in the News
Smart Cities Dive: 19 mayors commit to make all buildings net-zero carbon by 2050
Mayors from 19 cities signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration on Thursday, a pledge to ensure new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030, with all buildings following suit by 2050. The mayors have also pledged to "owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon in operation" by 2030.
Curbed: The impact a year after the U.S. left the Paris agreement
After Trump announced the United States would be leaving the Paris climate accord, other politicians filled the vacuum. Hundreds of city leaders pledged to live up to the Paris agreement and signed on as members of the Climate Mayors, a bipartisan, peer-to-peer network of mayors working to demonstrate leadership on climate change.
Reuters: South Africa aims for 'zero carbon' buildings in green push
Working in conjunction with the C40 Cities initiative – a group of major world cities trying to cut climate-changing emissions - Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini (formerly Durban) and Tshwane (formerly Pretoria) will require new buildings to become much more energy efficient, to cut electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions.
Japan Times: Tokyo Declaration unites global cities against waste and pollution
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Wednesday the adoption of the Tokyo Declaration, in which 22 megacities around the world committed to reducing waste and tackling air pollution by sharing technologies and knowledge. The announcement came during the Tokyo Forum for Clean City and Clear Sky, a two-day symposium hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in Shinjuku Ward.
Bloomberg: A City in Germany Pledges to Clean Up Its Air With Fossil-Free Plan
Heidelberg, a mid-size medieval city in Germany’s southwest, has ambitious plans to clean up its air, joining a list of 14 bigger municipalities like London, Mexico City and Los Angeles by signing the C40 Green and Healthy Streets declaration for fossil-fuel-free streets.
Modern Ghana: Embrace New Climate Action Planning Programme For Africa – Mayor Of Accra Urges Africa Cities
The C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme will provide direct support to 11 African Cities in developing unprecedented, robust and evidence-based long-term climate action plans that align with the ambitious objectives of the Paris Agreement.
Reuters: African cities pledge to cut climate emissions to zero by 2050
Eight cities – from Accra to Dar es Salaam – pledged this week to deliver their share of emissions cuts needed to meet Paris Agreement targets to limit climate change.
La Tribune: Pollution automobile : des villes attaquent la Commission européenne en justice
Capitales d'États sous le coup de condamnations pour non-respect des normes européennes de qualité de l’air, les villes de Paris, Bruxelles et Madrid intentent une action contre la Commission européenne, lui reprochant d’avoir cédé aux lobbies automobiles.
Fast Company: 7 principles of transformative urban innovation
By 2050, the proportion of the world population living in cities is expected to rise to somewhere approaching 75%, up from just over half today. Already, cities are responsible for 80% of global GDP–and more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Based on these numbers alone, it’s clear that the fate of humanity is inextricably linked to the fate of our cities.
City Lab: How China Took Charge of the Electric Bus Revolution
In just eight years, Shenzhen became the first city to electrify 100 percent of its public buses—16,359, to be exact.