OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg push for cities to take lead on local weather change


17/09/14 – OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg reaffirmed at this time their dedication to assist worldwide cities’ efforts to guide within the international battle towards local weather change — and referred to as for nationwide assist to make this occur.

  “Cities have the potential to make a great difference in the global effort to confront climate change: They account for more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and two-thirds of the world’s energy use today,” Mr. Gurría and Mr. Bloomberg acknowledged (Read the opening remarks by Angel Gurría). “Mayors have, within their authorities, many ways to reduce emissions, change the way energy is consumed, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.”

“With urban populations expected to double by 2050, the steps cities take to reduce their carbon footprints and to protect their infrastructure from more severe weather events will have a major impact on the future of our planet and improve the lives of billions of people,” they continued. “As world leaders gather next week at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, and in the months leading up to the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015, they should look for ways to help their cities accelerate their progress and empower them to do even more.”

Michael Bloomberg talking on the OECD. Photo: OECD/Julien Daniel

A Policy Perspective issued at this time by the OECD and Bloomberg Philanthropies notes that decisions made in cities round low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure may help us keep away from the worst impacts of a warming local weather.

Recommendations within the report embody empowering cities to satisfy this problem. In specific, offering incentives for cities inside nationwide insurance policies can guarantee a “race to the top” amongst cities, resulting in the potential for big reductions in international greenhouse fuel emissions. The particular areas the place it will likely be crucial to align nationwide, regional and native efforts are the next:

  • Improving and aligning insurance policies across the planning and administration of regional, nationwide and native infrastructure improvement;
  • Promoting market devices and laws to straight incentivise inexperienced city funding and establishing sound funding insurance policies;
  • Developing nationwide laws to make sure that cities can entry essential assets to fund low-carbon infrastructure; and
  • Finding methods to higher entice and have interaction non-public sector companions.

“National and local governments must be partners in fighting climate change,” Mr. Gurría and Mr. Bloomberg mentioned. “We are working together with our constituencies to enable real progress in reaching international climate goals and a meaningful, global agreement next year in Paris, and will continue to do so beyond 2015 for the necessary shift to a low-carbon society.”

  Click on the book cover to read the publication online

Read extra on the OECD’s work on cities and local weather change on www.oecd.org/setting/cc and likewise on http://www.oecd.org/environment/citiesclimatechangeandgreengrowth.htm.




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