In my last blog ( https://openminds.swissre.com/story/273/solutions-in-the-city), I explain why Swiss Re is supporting US city mayors in their drive to strengthen urban resilience and why cities have a pivotal role to play in combating the impact of climate change. What I find so encouraging is that boosting urban resilience has also become a worldwide undertaking. Take a look at the work of the C40 CITIES Climate Leadership Group to see what I mean.
In a concerted, collaborative effort, the C40 cities have signed up to reduce greenhouse gases and so combat the effects of climate change. Founded in 2005, C40 has since joined forces with the Clinton Climate Initiative and its membership has grown to 58 cities across all continents.
Although each city is faced with contrasting challenges, they are all convinced that by sharing best practice, they can increase their resilience to climate change.
So very often, international groupings like these fail to achieve anything much beyond issuing rather empty statements of intent.
Not so with C40.
Let me give you a snapshot of the concrete actions some of these cities have already taken:
Johannesburg is installing solar water heaters and insulated ceilings in 700 homes in one of the city's under-privileged neighborhoods.
Seoul's weekly No Driving Day programme has improved air quality, reduced congestion, saved energy and cut CO2 emissions by 10% per year.
Using a biological composting process, a public/private partnership in Sydney is turning methane to energy without incineration, and creating 30,000 tons of certified organic fertilizer for farmlands across the State.
New York's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan comprises a set of energy efficiency laws aimed at the city's largest buildings which constitute half its built square footage and 45% of citywide carbon emissions.
The list goes on. In fact according to the C40 website, up to now there have been over 4,700 actions taken by cities to mitigate climate change.
We back C40 because we wholeheartedly support cities' efforts to make the kind of smart investments necessary to ensure a sustainable future for their inhabitants.
Category: Climate/natural disasters: Pollution, Resilience, Sustainable energy: Solar