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C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit

4th – 6th February 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg will host the fifth C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit. The biennial event takes place over three days from 4th – 6th February 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The C40 is a network of the world’s megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

04.02.14 C40 Cities

The theme of the summit will be “Towards resilient and liveable Megacities – demonstrating action, impact and opportunity”. Plenary sessions will focus on key issues such as Adaptable and Resilient Cities; Building Liveable Cities; and Socio-Economic Development of Emerging Megacities. The full programme is available here.

The Summit will bring together C40 Mayors, urban leaders, and sustainability and technical experts from around the world, with the objective of advancing urban solutions to global climate change through individual efforts as well as international engagement and collaboration. The three-day event will provide a platform to exchange ideas, create new partnerships, and address cities’ unique problems and challenges in confronting the issue of climate change. 

European Green Capital Award

Following Stockholm, Hamburg and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Nantes is the European Green Capital for 2013. This distinction recognises environmental best practices in areas such as sustainable transport and land use, green urban areas, water consumption, and the fight against climate change. Nantes has demonstrated its efforts to become an eco-friendly and sustainable city in various ways, for example:

  • It has an ambitious Climate Action Plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% per capita by 2020 compared to 2003
  • A Sustainable Transport Policy is in place
  • 15% of residents use public transport daily
  • Everyone in Nantes lives within 300 metres of a green area
  • There are 57 m² of green space per person
  • There are over 100,000 trees in the city
  • 60% of the land area in Nantes is either a green area or an agricultural area
  • The city has four Natura 2000 sites and 33 natural zones of floral, faunal or ecological interest

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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