The mayors of Atlanta, Cape Town, Paris and Vancouver have pledged to lead a 7,000-city push to combat the threat of climate change, even as Donald Trump’s election as US president dims hopes for co-ordinated national action. The group’s more than 7,000 members have all signed up to work on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to make cities more resilient to the potential impacts of climate change. Mr Bloomberg said he expected US businesses, states and cities to continue with action on climate change, even if Mr Trump put s a brake on initiatives at the national level. “Almost all the progress made in the US was made by corporations and states,” Mr Bloomberg told the Financial Times. “What’s driving the climate issue is public support.” The Global Covenant of Mayors — formed from the merger of two earlier groups, the Compact of Mayors and the EU Covenant of Mayors — is one of the groups seeking to do more to address climate change than national governments. It brings together the leaders of about 7,100 towns and cities from 119 countries to work on best practice for curbing emissions and protecting against the possible threats posed by global warming.
FT 1st Dec 2016 read more »
Bournemouth Council has extended its climate change strategy beyond just delivering local efficiency improvements through to a long-term vision to become the nation’s green economy leader. The Council’s in-house electricity consumption has decreased from 19,037MWh in 2008/09 to 11,734MWh in 2014/15. An impressive feat, but energy management won’t attract tourists or business. However, the Council has been slowly implementing a new strategy that reaches far beyond its council buildings. Taking inspiration from cities such as Vancouver, Stockholm and Copenhagen, Bournemouth recently announced a plan to position itself at the vanguard of environmental protection; a wholesale economic transformation to attract businesses, talent and investment.
Edie 29th Nov 2016 read more »