Greenest City and Climate Change
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.
The City of Vancouver will join world leaders on November 30 in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11).
Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Vancouver delegation will bring Vancouver’s world leading Greenest City Action Plan and Renewable City Strategy to Paris, adding to the action and leadership from cities worldwide.
City Council today approved a new Renewable City Strategy for Vancouver to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2050 or sooner.
“Vancouver creates enormous economic opportunity by shifting to 100% renewable energy and leading the world's cities on climate change,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Today over 30% of the energy used in our city is renewable. With a pragmatic approach to buildings and transportation, we eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels and make Vancouver a cleaner, healthier, and more resilient city."
In June 2015 the City of Vancouver released an update on Vancouver’s progress toward reaching the ambitious Greenest City 2020 Action Plan targets. The update marked the half-way point in the first set of goals to make Vancouver the world’s greenest city by 2020.
In celebration of World Food Day, the City of Vancouver joined over 40 cities across the globe today in signing an Urban Food Policy Pact to address food security and sustainable development.
"Vancouver is pleased to join a global movement that supports food security, ensuring access to safe, nutritious, affordable food for all,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “As a city we’re committed to supporting and promoting sustainable food systems through our Vancouver Food Strategy, as healthy food systems are central to the health and well-being of our communities.”