Today it was announced that Vancouver is joining the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), one of four new cities being included in the prestigious organization of cities demonstrating bold leadership to confront the challenge of climate change.
C40 is a global network of the world’s major cities taking innovative and meaningful local action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with the Clinton Climate Initiative, C40 works with participating cities to address climate risks and impacts locally and globally.
“Cities are leading by example when it comes to climate change, and these local actions are having a global impact,” said C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “The four new members that are joining us today have demonstrated their commitment to addressing climate change, and we are excited to welcome them into our global network. Together, we will continue making a real difference in the future of our world.”
The City of Vancouver has set the bold goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020, and currently has the lowest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in North America. Recent initiatives include approving a neighbourhood energy strategy that will see the conversion of an existing steam heat system to low carbon energy sources; launching city-wide food scraps recycling for 100,000 single family and duplex homes, which will reduce 3,000 tonnes of carbon pollution per year; and the unanimous adoption by City Council of a Climate Adaptation Plan.
"We're very excited that Vancouver is one of the newest cities to join the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group," said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. "While other levels of government stall or delay, cities like Vancouver are taking action on climate change and showing that we can reduce our carbon pollution while growing our economies. We're looking forward to sharing our knowledge while learning the lessons from other cities."
The addition of Vancouver, Oslo, Venice, and Washington, DC will bring the total number of current C40 members to 63.