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Why Cities Must ‘Race to Zero’

Cities are on the frontlines of the climate crisis, and those of us who govern and live in cities already know that robust, transformational action is needed across sectors to safeguard our livelihoods and welfare. But we will not be effective if we act alone, especially if national governments do not act responsibly in leading the world in limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

C40’s Executive Director Mark Watts: Climate change doesn’t care about our plans – that’s why cities need to plan for climate change

Recent events from the immense damage that hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma have wreaked on Puerto Rico, Houston, Miami and the Caribbean, or the monsoon floods that have forced millions from their homes in India and Bangladesh, illustrate that climate change does not respect whether we are ready or not. Our planet’s climate has changed and its impact will be felt by every one of us and for generations to come.

Mayors Voices: Durban Mayor Zandile Gumede leads from the front on measuring emission impacts from energy efficiency initiatives

To fully understand how cities contribute to overall emission reductions, I believe that cities need to measure and report emission reductions from their climate change mitigation projects. Measurement and reporting help us understand potential cost savings from our projects, inform our decision-making processes and help us to identify risks and opportunities of projects. As the old adage goes, ‘You cannot manage what you cannot measure.’