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C40 Welcomes Oslo, Vancouver, Venice and Washington, DC as New Members

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.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally.Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world.The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

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