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The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally.

Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world.

The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

Dozens of mayors visited the Pope today – here’s what happened

A Strong Show of Commitment to Papal Agenda on Climate Change & Sustainable Development  Following the launch of the Encyclical Letter on the Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si, and in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21, Pope Francis today convened more than 60 local leaders from around the world…

Christiana Figueres says cities are accelerating sustainable development – find out how

Editor’s Note: 2015 marks C40’s 10-year anniversary. To celebrate our 10 Years of Results, we are featuring the voices of C40 principals, partners and other thought leaders throughout the year. Christiana Figueres is the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. Last century was marked by unprecedented growth accompanied by unprecedented urbanization. Knowing now that much of this…

Calling All Cities: Three Chances for Global Recognition

Applications now open for C40 Cities Awards and Cities100 publication Today, C40 and Scandinavian think tank Sustainia launched a global call for submissions to the C40 Cities Awards and Cities100 publication.  All cities demonstrating leadership in taking climate action are encouraged to apply. Cities will have three chances for global recognition: 100 solutions will be…

Cities are catalysts for better economic growth and climate action, according to new report

Better economic growth can help close the greenhouse gas emissions gap, according to a new report released today by the New Climate Economy, the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate identifies 10 key areas of economic opportunity that…

New Research from C40 and Arup Shows How City Governments are Changing the World

Today, C40 and Arup released Powering Climate Action: Cities as Global Changemakers, a report that demonstrates cities are taking substantial steps on climate action by collaborating and leveraging partnerships not only with each other, but also with the private sector and civil society. Seth Schultz, C40 Director of Research, Measurement & Planning, said: “The Powering Climate Action report…

C40 & Advertising Partners Launch Global Pro Bono Digital Ad Campaign to Showcase City Leadership

Today, C40 launched #CitiesAreKey, a new global social and digital ad campaign designed to amplify the leadership role of cities in the lead-up to the international COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in December. The campaign, announced via continuous ads on the iconic ‘Grand Screen’ digital billboard throughout the weeklong Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, will capitalize…

C40 Chair Paes: The Role Of Cities In Protecting The Common Home

Eduardo Paes, Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro and Chair of C40 Since the inauguration of his pontificate, in 2013, Pope Francis has been an example of inspiring and courageous leadership, combining strategic vision and practical action to help the Church overcome its major challenges. As a global leader, the Holy Father lives up…

Mahindra World City Jaipur becomes world’s largest project to receive C40 Climate Positive Development Stage 2 Certification

Mahindra World City Jaipur, one of India’s premier integrated business cities, today became the first Asian project to receive Stage 2 Climate Positive Development certification from C40. The Climate Positive Development Programme is a performance-based framework designed to create models for how cities can grow in low carbon ways. The Mahindra project, which is also…

Video: WRI President & CEO Andrew Steer Congratulates C40 on 10th Anniversary

Editor’s Note: 2015 marks C40’s 10-year anniversary. To celebrate our 10 Years of Results, we are featuring the voices of C40 principals, partners and other thought leaders throughout the year. World Resources Institute President & CEO Andrew Steer congratulates C40 on 10 years of results. World Resources Institute has been a knowledge partner with C40 for…

C40 Launches Creditworthiness Academy & Network to Unlock City Access to Capital

Today, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and strategic funding partner the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) launched a new Creditworthiness Networkthat will help eight cities achieve a credit rating in order to finance climate-related projects. The programme will kick-off with a Creditworthiness Academy in Amman, Jordan – a five-day workshop hosted by the…

Expert Voices: Conor Riffle Director, Cities and Data Product Innovation, CDP – “Transparency and Action Fuel Our Partnership”

This year marks the five year anniversary of the C40 – CDP partnership.  In 2010, then Mayor of New York and C40 Chair-elect Michael Bloomberg announced the beginning of our partnership at a C40 workshop in Hong Kong. “We will never meet the ambitious goals we set as an organization without solid data to measure our…

10 Ways That Latin America is Driving Global Climate Action

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. To celebrate these 10 Years of Results, we will be sharing our favorite lists of 10 throughout the year. Latin American cities have enormous potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – C40 research indicates that together they could cut emissions by 2,500 MtCO2 by 2030, or the equivalent…

Video: President William J. Clinton Congratulates C40 on Reaching 10-Year Milestone

Editor’s Note: 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. To celebrate our 10 Years of Results, we will be featuring the voices of C40 principals, partners and other thought leaders throughout the year. 42nd President of the United States William J. Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation and prominent champion of climate initiatives, wishes C40…

Compact of Mayors gains further momentum at ICLEI World Congress

At the ICLEI World Congress in Seoul today, 35 leading cities, including Johannesburg, Paris and Seoul, announced their intent to comply with the Compact of Mayors – the global effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, track progress and prepare for the impacts of climate change. The news gives further momentum to the burgeoning movement, which added 20 new cities at…

C40 & USGBC Release Green Building City Market Briefs

Building energy use is a leading contributor to urban – and global — greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and therefore represents one of the greatest opportunities for cities to tackle climate change. The longstanding partnership between the C40 and the World/US Green Building Councils has focused on helping cities seize these very opportunities to realize efficiencies…