Mayor Gregor Robertson met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment & Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna today in Paris, at the outset of the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Summit.
Joined by Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal, the meeting focused on how the Government of Canada can support cities’ leadership on climate change and the need for a meaningful and comprehensive climate change agreement to be reached at COP21.
“Prime Minister Trudeau and the new Government of Canada bring a refreshing and necessary commitment to ensuring that Canada is a leader rather than a laggard in the urgent global effort to confront climate change, which is very encouraging to Canada’s cities,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson, who is also Chair of Canada’s Big City Mayors Caucus.
"Leadership from cities like Vancouver demonstrates that we can boost economic growth while cutting climate pollution. After meeting with the Prime Minister, I’m very hopeful about Canada’s work here in Paris to help secure a bold and comprehensive agreement to reduce emissions and to fight climate change with every resource available to the global community.”
Mayor Robertson also discussed a new partnership on climate change between cities and the Government of Canada in a call with Prime Minister Trudeau before his swearing-in, and in meetings with Minister McKenna in Ottawa earlier this month.
The City of Vancouver’s award-winning Greenest City 2020 Action Plan has resulted in Vancouver having the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per capita of any major city in North America. That leadership was recently expanded with 2015’s Renewable City Strategy and the goal of obtaining 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050 – a commitment that was praised by US Secretary of State John Kerry at October’s Our Cities, Our Climate summit in Washington DC.
Even as Vancouver’s community-based greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 7% since 2007, the Conference Board of Canada projects that Vancouver will continue to lead Canada in economic growth from 2015-2019.