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Mayors Voices: Copenhagen Lord Mayor Frank Jensen on C40 Green Growth Network Workshop

In this post, we hear from Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor as his city prepares to host the C40 cities of Amsterdam, Bogota, London, New York and Portland for the second C40 Green Growth Network Workshop, which kicks off tomorrow.

The city of Copenhagen is repeating last year’s success by hosting the second C40 Green Growth Network Workshop in Copenhagen on 23-25 October 2013.

I am very honoured to host the workshop, which will focus on the key themes of “Making the Political Case” and “Working with the Private Sector”. The City of Copenhagen and C40 have invited a wide range of external stakeholders in order to facilitate productive knowledge-sharing and inter-city cooperation.

Today, cities face a triple challenge: we must create long term economic growth whilst tackling climate change and dealing with a shrinking supply of natural resources. To do so requires a strong political backing, a commitment to public and private sector cooperation, significant citizen involvement, and last, but not least, inter-city collaboration.

Green Growth Workshop

Copenhagen is committed to sharing our solutions and experiences regarding environment, climate and green business with other cities and to learning from successful strategies developed elsewhere. We wish to define a common agenda for green policies that will look to the future and pave the way for a greener world. Because, let’s say it loud and clear, sustainability is not an option, it is a necessity.

We all need to become more strategic in our work with private companies and green clusters in order to determine and highlight the economic rationale for green policies. This is one of the main purposes of the C40 Green Growth Network: To show that economic growth and environmental sustainability can go hand in hand.

We are honored that Copenhagen is the lead city for the C40 Green Growth Network, and believe that our capital is a good choice. In September 2013, Copenhagen received the C40 & Siemens City Climate Leadership Award for Measurement and Planning based on ourCopenhagen Climate Plan 2025: A plan which sets out the goal of making Copenhagen the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025.

Furthermore, Copenhagen has been chosen as the European Green Capital in 2014. During the upcoming year, a great number of events will take place, all with the ambition of sharing green experiences and solutions with the C40 Cities and beyond.
I am very much looking forward to the upcoming Green Growth workshop and to once again welcoming C40 cities to Copenhagen.

To read more about the C40 Green Growth Network, click here for an earlier piece by C40’s Director of Global Initiatives, Terri Wills.

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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