C40 today announced the addition of four new member cities from around the world—Oslo, Vancouver, Venice, and Washington, DC. All four of these new member cities have demonstrated a strong commitment to addressing climate change and will strengthen C40’s growing network of cities that are taking action locally, but having a global impact.
“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.”
- In Oslo GHG emissions are already low at 2.3 tons of CO2 per capita, but with an integrated set of policies—including increased energy efficiency and the use of local energy resources—the city aims to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050.
- Vancouver too has already demonstrated great ambition: implementing innovative carbon reducing programs and adopting an aggressive Climate Adaptation Plan, it has set a goal to be the greenest city in the world by 2020.
- In Venice, efforts have focused on expanding urban green space, building upon the city’s achievements in promoting sustainable mobility, as well as implementing their far-reaching Action Plan for Sustainable Energy.
- Washington DC has demonstrated a commitment to climate-friendly infrastructure, boasting the nation’s first large-scale bike-sharing program and a world-class public transit system. The city has announced plans to adopt an assertive Climate Action Plan later this year.
To hear a little more from the mayors click here, and stay tuned for their posts on our blog over the next few weeks.