Everyone is talking about the diplomatic and environmental success of the Paris Agreement, and duly so. But another monumental agreement was made in Paris last week - the Compact of Mayors coalition. This coalition is the world’s largest cooperative effort by mayors and municipal governments to reduce carbon emissions, measure progress, and prepare for climate change impacts.
Since 3.5 billion, more than half of humanity, live in cities and urban built up areas, climate action by city mayors can bring about massive carbon savings. The coalition can also bring about new innovations in smart urban planning, public transport, and green architecture.
Strategies and commitments by the world’s cities can bring about huge-scale planetary protection. Already 400 cities, of which 117 are in the USA, have signed up to the Compact. Rio de Janeiro (pictured) has become the first city to be fully compliant with the Compact of Mayors.
The monumental Paris Agreement between 196 countries is both critical and hugely encouraging to curb global temperatures. But national-level action will not be enough. City-centric governance to reduce greenhouse emissions is key. The 400 cities already signed up could together avoid 740 million tons of emissions annually - a major step forward in reducing global warming.
Michael Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, announced at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders that more than 400 cities joined the Compact of Mayors, a coalition of city leaders dedicated to significantly reducing emissions. Based on an analysis of 360 cities, WRI found that Compact of Mayors signatories can collectively reduce their emissions by nearly 17 percent below 2010 levels by 2030. To put that in perspective, they can avoid emitting 740 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in 2030, more than what Mexico emits every year.