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Climate Action 2014-2015


RESILIENT CITIES The underground reservoir at Praça da Bandeira is one of five that will boost flood control in the Tijuca area of Rio de Janeiro Source: City of Rio de Janeiro car-sharing system and Shenzhen has launched a sophisticated carbon emissions trading scheme. New York is improving its resilience to super storms and many other cities are addressing their challenges with creativity and leadership. The level of innovation in our cities continues to inspire me. Shenzhen has introduced a new-energy vehicle fleet of more than 6,000 units, making it the largest zero-emissions fleet in service worldwide. This project aims to add 35,000 new-energy vehicles to the fleet in the next two years and has enabled the city to significantly reduce CO 2 emissions between 2009 and 2013. Dhaka’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan aims to re-engineer and improve waste disposal sites, thereby reducing emissions by 276,000 tonnes annually, with a goal of collecting 68 per cent of the waste produced in the inner metropolitan area. The ‘New Taxi for London’ project is working to develop new zero emission-capable vehicles with manufacturers to meet a goal of reducing emissions from the city’s black taxi fleet by up to 100 per cent in central London and around 75 per cent throughout the rest of the city. Vancouver’s neighbourhood energy systems aim to reduce GHG emissions by 60 per cent compared with traditional heating sources and supply affordable, reliable, and low carbon thermal energy to its citizens. This project is expected to reduce emissions by 9,000 tonnes annually by 2020. These are just some of the efforts being made across the C40 network. As we continue to grow and add powerful allies at all levels of government we now set our sights on COP21 in Paris, building on a successful meeting of nations here in Lima. We, as Mayors and cities, urge "The flood control project in the Tijuca area is designed to end the chaos caused by heavy rains in the region." you to join us in a more dynamic and proactive fight against climate change. Eduardo Paes has dedicated his entire career to public service in Rio de Janeiro. Fresh from law school, he became Deputy Mayor of the Jacarépaguá and Barra districts at age 23. Since then he has been Alderman, Federal Chamber Deputy, the city’s Environment Secretary and State Secretary for Tourism, Sport and Leisure. In 2008, he was elected Mayor of Rio and led the successful campaign to host the Olympics in 2016. Four years later, he was re-elected for a second term and became Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) at the end of 2013. 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. C40 was established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI). The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; the 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. To learn more about the work of C40 and our Cities, please visit, follow us on Twitter @c40cities and like us on Facebook at 86

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