New York City, a member of the C40 group of world cities has published its programme of emissions reductions actions make the City compliant with the global l.5° C warming target over the next 3 years.
The plan lists actions the City will take in the next three years to accelerate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and put the city on a path to deep de-carbonization. This is the first Paris Agreement-compliant plan from any city in the world.
Actions prioritise energy, transportation, building, and waste sectors by 2020. The potential for GHG reduction of all the quantified actions in the report is 10 million metric tons of C02e – or the equivalent of taking more than 2 million cars off the road by 2030.
“Big problems require big solutions – and New Yorkers are already hard at work to meet the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Mayor de Blasio. “In the Trump era, cities have to lead the way when it comes to fighting climate change. Hotter summers and powerful storms made worse by climate change are an existential threat to a coastal city like ours, which is why we need to act now.”
The citywide action plan, builds on announcements made earlier this month to mandate cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings, and expands access to electric vehicle fast chargers in all five boroughs.
Other key actions detailed in the plan include:
C40 – is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change which has supported the City in achieving this milestone on the path to a more sustainable and resilient city and planet.”
“Climate change doesn’t care about our plans – that’s why cities need to plan for climate change,” commented C40’s Executive Director Mark Watts.
“Tackling climate change and unleashing the potential of a low carbon future requires bold and urgent action. I congratulate Mayor De Blasio on becoming the first of C40’s mayors to publish a plan reviewed as compatible with C40’s framework to achieve this. New York’s example will be an inspiration to cities around the world that are equally determined to put the Paris Agreement into action,”.
Four of the world’s largest bus and engine manufacturers have committed to make it easier for major cities to purchase buses equipped with low emissions technologies, in order to tackle climate change and toxic air pollution.
Volvo Buses, BYD, Cummins and Scania have agreed to work with cities to adopt bus fleets equipped with the latest in clean power technologies to tackle climate change and air pollution
20 of the C40s megacities including Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Bogotá, Sao Paulo and Jakarta will benefit from a new global industry commitment which has been developed under the Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets, an initiative led by C40 Cities, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Centro Mario Molina Chile and UN Environment. The commitment was announced at the CCAC Clean Buses for Clean Air Workshop in Paris.
Less than 20% of all buses sold globally meet the definition of soot-free, with the vast majority being diesel powered. The cleanest buses today can reduce these emissions by more than 99 percent.
“I welcome the commitment of these bus manufacturers to respond to the desire of mayors to make cleaner, safer engine technologies available to millions of citizens in the global south,” said C40’s Mark Watts. “This is yet another example of cities and the private sector working together to tackle the most urgent challenges that we face.”