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Miami Renews Climate Change, Emissions Reduction Plan (Ind Report)
C40 Cities,City of Miami
Date: 2020-02-24
The Miami Herald is reporting the City of Miami plans to achieve carbon-neutral status by 2050, making it the first city in Florida and 96th in the world to join C40 Cities, an international climate organization that helps cities lower their carbon footprint.

Miami's 2008 plan to address emissions and the growing threat of climate change and rising sea-levels called for a 25 pct cut in emissions below 2006 levels by the year 2020. The plan also called for annual reports on the city's progress on montoring emissions, energy efficiency and similar efforts to lower the city's carbon footprint, the 2008 program was scraped for apparent "political" reasons. (Source: City of Miami, Miami Herald, 22 Feb., 2020) Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org; City of Miami Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Alissa Farina, Programs Manager, www.miamigov.com/Government/Departments.../Resilience-and-Sustainability, www.miamidade.gov/planning/resilience.asp

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change ,  


C40 Reports Falling Carbon Emissions in 30 Cities (Ind. Report)
C40
Date: 2019-10-11
According to the 94 member, C40 Cities Group, global progress in addressing climate change and meeting the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goal of collectively lowering carbon emissions to below 2 degrees C has been "uneven and even discouraging." On the high side, C40 notes that the cities of Austin, Athens, Lisbon, and Venice have joined 26 other major cities in steadily reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

This latest news is an update to C40's 2018 analysis which identified 30 cities across the global north that have hit their "peak" emissions before 2015, meaning they have since reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by an average 22 pct.

The 30 cities are: Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C. (Source: C40, City Lab, 9 Oct., 2019) Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  C40,  


Tokyo Governor Aims for Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-22
In Japan, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is reporting plans to draw up a strategy -- by December 2019 -- to effectively reduce the city's carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050.

Japan's government has set a goal of cutting domestic emissions by 80 pct by 2050. The Tokyo Metropolitan government has gone a step further and plans for effectively zero emissions in Tokyo by 2050. The strategy will include a 40 percent reduction in incinerated plastic waste by 2030.

Koike announced her plans to representatives of 26 of the world's major cities at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit now underway in Japan.

Urban 20 (U20) is a new diplomatic initiative, convened by C40 Cities and UCLG, to help cities develop collective messages and inclusive solutions for global issues such as climate action, the future of work and social integration, and related information. (Source: U20 Mayors, NHK World Japan, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Urban 20 Mayors, www.urban20.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,  CO2,  


Rio Reaching for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l Report)
C40 Cities
Date: 2019-02-27
Rio de Janeiro (pop. 6.7 million) part of the C40 Cities climate action initiative, reports it has committed to reducing its climate changing emissions by 20 pct between 2005 to 2020 as well as becoming carbon neutral by 2050. To that end, COMLURB, Rio's waste management company has declared the conversion of the city's buried municipal garbage into biogas for clean power generation key to the city's carbon neutrality and climate change fight.

Every day, 10,000 tons of waste are delivered to the city's waste treatment plant in Seropedica, northwest of Rio de Janeiro. The plant turns household and industrial food and yard waste into methane biogas that is sold to industries or to the state's gas company. According to the UN, the world's cities account for approximately 75 pct of the world's CO2 emissions and consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy. (Source: COMLURB, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb., 2019) Contact: COMLURB, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/comlurb, www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/comlurb; C40 Cities, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  C40 Cities,  


London Joins Global Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Drive (Int'l)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-11-07
In the UK, London has joined the C40 Cities Group and 18 of the world's major cities in pledging to ensure that new buildings in the city operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

According to the UN Committee on Climate Change, buildings account for 50 pct or more of a city's emissions. In London, Los Angeles and Paris, the figure is pegged at well over 70 pct. In 2012, GHG emissions from buildings made up more than a third of the UK's total emissions.

The C40 Cities group is a network of 96 urban centers committed to bold action on climate issues. In addition to committing signatories to ensuring new buildings are net zero carbon by 2030, C40 members pledge that all buildings in a city, old or new, will meet net zero carbon standards by 2050.

The C40 Cities pledge is part of the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States & Regions.

(Source: C40 Cities, PBC Today, 6 Nov., 2018)Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  


Canadian Cities Ink Net-Zero Green Buildings Agreement (Ind. Report)
C40 Cities,World Green Building Council
Date: 2018-09-07
The mayors of Canada's largest cities --Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver -- report they have signed on to a global agreement comprising 19 cities to meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050.

Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to: establish a roadmap to reach net zero carbon buildings; develop a suite of supporting incentives and programmes; and report annually on progress. The pledge is part of the World Green Building Councils Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States and Regions.

Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will take extra steps as part of a commitment to owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon by 2030. These steps include evaluating current energy demand and carbon emissions from municipal buildings, and identifying opportunities for reduction; establishing a roadmap to reach net zero carbon municipal buildings. (Source: C40, HPAC, 6 Sept., 2018) Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  Net Zero Energy,  C40 Cities,  


Cape Town Cuts Emissions by Cutting Power Consumption (Int'l)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-08-13
In Johannesburg, South Africa, Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille is reporting Cape Town cut its energy-related carbon emissions by 4.1 pct between 2012 and 2015 primarily by reducing energy consumption.

"This achievement is a testament to the City's efforts to be a leader among a network of global cities (the C40 Cities initiative) that is increasingly taking action to reduce their CO2 emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change," the Mayor claimed. She said, as a member of the C40 Cities, Cape Town is committed to meeting the goals set in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Cape Town is aiming for 37 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2040 or a 13 pct reduction by 2022, as set out by the City's Energy2040 goal. (Source: City of Cape Town, News Channel Africa, 12 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Carbon Emisions,  Climate Change,  


Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-08-13
According to Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities, a study funded by C40, an international coalition of cities seeking to fight climate change and promote better environmental policy, has found the carbon footprint of big cities was larger than previously estimated, when all the products and services a city uses are included.

The report notes the difference between "consumer" cities such as New York and Paris, which have shrunken industrial sectors and lower local emissions, and "producer cities" in high manufacturing regions such as southeast Asia, which generate a lot of local pollution creating goods used elsewhere. This new calculus also showcases the value of local purchasing and food production.

The report points to strategies that can be used to cut consumption emissions, including smarter purchasing, buying local, and reducing waste. Food policy can make a big difference. Cities can also focus more on retrofitting older building to conserve power. Download the Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities report HERE. (Source: C40, Curbed, 2018) Contact: C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


Notable Quote

Date: 2018-08-03
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in (climate change) thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; C40 Group, contact@c40.com, www.c40cities.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Jerry Brown news,  


C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Program Launched (Int'l)
C40,International Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-05-18
In Lagos, at this weeks launch of the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Program to support 9 sub-Saharan megacities -- Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Tshwane -- Accra Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah told delegates the Paris Agreement's new Climate Action Planning Programme for Africa would help build technical capacities within African cities to deliver long-term climate action plans and identify mechanisms to facilitate better national and local integration of climate mitigation activities. The mayor stressed the need to ensure long-term improvement to emissions reporting, scenario modeling, and identification of transformative mitigation and adaption actions to deal with Climate change.

The mayor of Accra, who is also C40 Vice Chair for Africa, noted the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). The programme was designed in collaboration with climate expects from Ricardo Energy and Environment who will work closely with the cities to develop their action plans and support greater vertical integration between the city and national government climate strategies.

The support will include a dedicated City Advisor based in each City, a series of workshop, and access to expert technical advice as needed. Nairobi and Abidjan have also joined the programme and are anticipated to submit their climate action commitments soon. (Source: Modern Ghana, 17 May, 2018) Contact: International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Paris CLimate Agreement,  International Climate Initiative,  


Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
C40
Date: 2018-03-12
According to Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities, a study funded by C40, an international coalition of cities seeking to fight climate change and promote better environmental policy, has found the carbon footprint of big cities was larger than previously estimated, when all the products and services a city uses are included.

The report notes the difference between "consumer" cities such as New York and Paris, which have shrunken industrial sectors and lower local emissions, and "producer cities" in high manufacturing regions such as southeast Asia, which generate a lot of local pollution creating goods used elsewhere. This new calculus also showcases the value of local purchasing and food production.

The report points to strategies that can be used to cut consumption emissions, including smarter purchasing, buying local, and reducing waste. Food policy can make a big difference. Cities can also focus more on retrofitting older building to conserve power.

Download the Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities report HERE. (Source: C40, Curbed, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Quote
Jerry Brown,C40
Date: 2018-03-12
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; C40 Group, contact@c40.com, www.c40cities.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown news,  C40 news,  


Notable Quote
Jerry Brown,C40
Date: 2018-03-12
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; C40 Group, contact@c40.com, www.c40cities.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  C40,  


Dubai Certified by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (Int'l)
C40 Cities,Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Date: 2017-12-13
In Dubai, the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence reports Dubai has joined the not-for-profit C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a global network of 75 major cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change by sharing knowledge and best practices.

In 2013, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy established the Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021, in cooperation with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, Dubai Carbon, and started an inventory of Dubai's GHG from 2011. In 2016, Dubai reduced 23.08 tons of carbon emissions per capita, compared to 18.37 tons per capita in 2011. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Emirates News, Dec., 2017) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/en; C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Quote
C40 Cities
Date: 2017-09-20
"Cities and states can make a profound difference, no question. We can't do it all, but we can do what is fundamental -- make the shift in thinking." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) addressing a C40 Cities climate action event. (Source: ThinkProgress, Sept., 2017) Contact: Governor of California, Edmund G. (Jerry) Browm, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov; C40 Group, contact@c40.com, www.c40cities.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Climate Change,  Jerry Brown,  

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