Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo And Powerful Women Mayors Launch Women4Climate Initiative To Empower Women Leaders In The Climate Fight

Today, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo leads women mayors from around the world in launching the Women4Climate initiative to help support and celebrate women leaders who are driving forward climate action. As the first woman chair of the C40, Mayor Hidalgo aims to galvanize the international community to focus on the nexus of gender and climate issues. The announcement was made at the C40 Mayors Summit 2016 in Mexico City.

Financing energy efficiency: a closer look at multifamily building retrofits in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.

According to a 2012 report by The Rockefeller Foundation and Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors, there is a $72 billion investment opportunity in commercial energy efficiency retrofits globally that could yield 848 trillion BTUs in energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 175 million metric tons per year, which is approximately equivalent to the annual GHG emissions from 46 coal-fired power plants. In cities like New York, energy and GHG savings lie in the multi-family housing segment, where 67 percent of the buildings required by law to measure and report their energy usage, are multi-family buildings. That is why C40’s Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network, brought together policy and technical energy efficiency finance experts from New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. to share best practices and lessons learned in financing multi-family retrofits. 

COP21 Video Blog Series: Washington, DC’s Tommy Wells, Director of Energy & Environment & Mark Chambers, Sustainability & Energy Director for the Department of General Services

At the start of December 2015, all eyes were on Paris for the COP21 climate negotiations, regarded by many as a pivotal moment in determining global climate action. C40 was fortunate to be there on the ground to help showcase innovative and effective climate actions taking place in the world’s cities. Watch as Tommy Wells, Director of Energy & Environment, Washington, DC, and Mark Chambers, Sustainability & Energy Director for the Department of General Services, Washington, DC, tell us more about the District of Columbia Government Wind Power Purchase Agreement – a winning project at the 2015 C40 Cities Awards. 

Electric vehicle market accelerating in U.S. cities

new report shows that city action is revving the engine of the early electric vehicle market. The report – born from a collaboration between C40, the International Council on Clean Transportation, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the 11th Hour Project –catalogues actions cities, states and regions are taking to promote electric vehicle in an effort to better understand which practices are linked to electric vehicle sales.