Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Latin American Mayors Avow Clean Bus Transit

Electric bus (Credit: thinkprogress.org) Click to Enlarge.
On Friday, CleanTechnica brought you news of an exciting commitment to sustainability by big-city mayors in the European Union.  Also news last week: Latin American mayors racked up wins for joining the international Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest cooperative city effort to date to implement meaningful, sustainable local actions that will help address climate change globally.

At the same meeting, 20 global C40 cities signed a powerful agreement to a City Clean Bus scheme that could green 142,217 municipal buses all over the world by 2020.  Shifting all of them to zero-emission buses would reduce emissions to 2.28 million tons of CO2 equivalent annually.

The international C40 group includes 75 large and engaged cities, five of them (Amman, Durban, Jaipur, Quito, and Salvador) inducted just two weeks ago.  UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and C40 Board President Michael R. Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, commented:
The C40 network keeps growing because more and more cities are finding opportunities to confront climate change in ways that improve people’s lives today.  For the U.N. climate treaty negotiations this December to be successful, nations will have to commit to doing more and acting faster to shrink their carbon footprints—and cities, including the five new members of C40, are helping point the way forward.
Latin American Mayors Avow Clean Bus Transit

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