Cities May Reduce Carbon Emissions 8 Gigatons by 2050

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) — Cities have the potential to reduce
annual greenhouse-gas emissions by 8 gigatons by 2050, the
equivalent of cutting global coal use by more than half, through
better energy-management at the local level, according to the
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Cities can implement new policies faster than nations in
areas including transportation, energy efficiency and waste
management, the group said in a statement today. C40 includes
leaders of large cities around the world working to curb climate
change.

“Mayors are not waiting to take decisive action to combat
global climate change,” Eduardo Paes, chairman of C40 and the
mayor of Rio de Janeiro, said in the statement. “Leading mayors
are setting the example for the rest of the world, and this
research shows what could be achieved.”

C40 announced its findings — the first time cities’
potential to reduce global emissions has been quantified — at
the United Nations’ Climate Summit in New York City.

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Will Wade, Carlos Caminada

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