Mayor invited to attend global climate change conference

Mayor Gregor Robertson will attend the fifth biennial C-40 Mayors Summit this week, which convenes mayors from the world’s largest cities who are demonstrating leadership in addressing climate change.

“Vancouver’s leadership in addressing climate change is getting notice on the world stage, and the C-40 Mayors Summit is a unique opportunity to share our City’s successes while learning from others around the world,” said Mayor Robertson. “While national governments stall, cities are taking the lead in the fight against climate change. Our work together in Vancouver, from neighbourhood renewable energy to our smart, efficient building code is influencing other cities and making an important difference in the fight against climate change.”

Vancouver was accepted into the C-40 Cities Climate Leadership Group last year, and Mayor Robertson is the only Canadian representative attending. The Mayor will present on the Greenest City Action Plan and Vancouver’s leading efforts to reduce carbon pollution.

Attending the summit will be former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chair of C-40, as well as the mayors of Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Mexico City, Jakarta and Bogota, among others. Hundreds of urban and climate change leaders from around the world will join the mayors in a series of roundtable discussions and working sessions to focus on the themes of reducing carbon emissions and climate adaptation in the host city of Johannesburg, South Africa.

As part of its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, the City of Vancouver has:

  • reduced its city-wide GHGs by 4% since 2007, while at the same time growing its economy and population;
  • a comprehensive neighbourhood energy strategy, which will expand renewable energy systems in areas like the downtown and Cambie Corridor to cut 120,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020;
  • Canada’s first comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy;
  • The greenest building code and rezoning policies of any city in North America, which focus on energy efficiency and monitoring, water reduction and waste diversion.

The summit will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from February 4-6th. The Mayor’s expenses will be covered by the C-40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.