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BYD first learned about C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group when the city of Shenzhen won the 2014 C40 Cities Award in the Urban Transportation category. Our synergy with Shenzhen began when the city was the first in the world to embrace electrified public transportation by adding substantial fleets of electric buses and taxis in 2011. Shenzhen has since continued to grow their electric fleet, with outstanding results in GHG cuts and a marked improvement in its air quality. In addition to the thrill of seeing Shenzhen recognized as a global climate action leader, their win at the C40 Awards presented us with an invaluable opportunity to better understand C40’s laudable efforts to boost climate action at the municipal level and elevate mayors to a position to be able to make the necessary changes to revert the dire conditions of our environment while improving the everyday lives of city dwellers.
Today, C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD. The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.
Today the Mayor of Shenzhen joined the Mayor of London at London City Hall, to mark the delivery of new electric buses. Manufactured by the Shenzhen based company, BYD, the new addition to the fleet will be the first electric buses running on routes through central London.
After attending the China-U.S. Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing, C40 traveled to Shenzhen to host a workshop on Municipal Building Efficiency and take part in the Fourth Shenzhen International Low Carbon City Forum.
By Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
The United States of America and China are responsible for over one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. This month mayors and other urban leaders representing more than 60 Chinese and U.S. cities, gathered in Beijing at the second U.S.-China Climate-Smart Low-Carbon Cities Summit. These critical leaders in the fight against climate change came together to share strategies and lessons on how to get their cities, and therefore the world, onto a low carbon pathway.
China has made great strides in reducing its emissions in the past three years and it has shown strong leadership on climate change. With a reported 43 gigawatts of solar capacity at the end of last year, we are now leading the globe. Coal use in the power sector last year also went down, by 4.3 per cent, and Beijing recently said it would ratify the Paris agreement by September, showing our determination to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 18 per cent in the second half of this decade, as laid out in the 13th five-year plan. Read more from author Tang Jie, former deputy mayor of Shenzhen and special representative for climate change affairs in Shenzhen.