LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti will travel to Paris today for the annual steering committee meeting of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group — an international network of megacities committed to taking action against climate change.
At the C40 meeting, Mayor Garcetti will help lead talks between global leaders on how cities — individually and collectively — can deliver on the commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement. Members will hold discussions on a wide range of topics that include clean transportation, renewable energy, and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Climate change is an urgent crisis that demands American leadership,” said Mayor Garcetti, who serves as C40 vice-chair and is one of 12 members of the organization’s steering committee. “L.A. is a leader in this fight. We’re working with partners from around the world to learn new ideas, share our successes, and strengthen the work of cleaning up the environment and protecting health and safety for Angelenos and people everywhere.”
Mayor Garcetti is recognized globally as a leader in the fight against climate change. The Mayor co-founded the bipartisan organization Climate Mayors, and its membership has soared to 382 mayors — representing 68 million Americans that include residents of the nation’s 10 largest cities. In June, after the White House withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, Mayor Garcetti rallied mayors nationwide to make new commitments to uphold the goals of the landmark pact.
The Mayor is also leading efforts to make L.A. the most sustainable city in America. In 2015, he introduced the city’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn — a comprehensive roadmap that lays out measurable, near- and long-term goals for conserving water, creating green jobs, expanding the use of electric vehicles, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
Los Angeles is on track to meet 90% of the pLAn’s 2017 goals, and has already created more than 20,000 green jobs since Mayor Garcetti took office; achieved a record 20 percent reduction in water use per capita, affirming L.A.’s standing as the most water efficient big city in America; installed enough solar last year to power over 12,000 homes, and leading American cities with more than 275MW of total installed solar power; adopted the most ambitious and comprehensive energy and water efficiency law for existing buildings of any U.S. city; exceeded our target to make electric vehicles 50 percent of all City fleet procurements, giving L.A. the nation’s largest pure battery electric vehicle municipal fleet; and started the first-ever electric vehicle car share program designed for disadvantaged communities.
Mayor Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Olympic Cooperation, which aims to develop new partnerships between the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Los Angeles and Paris will build on their already close ties to deliver Games that create new opportunities and save taxpayer dollars by collaborating in sustainability, inclusiveness, and innovation.
The Mayor will also speak on “Mapping a Path to More Inclusive Mass Transit” at the annual “CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” summit hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Atlantic, and the Aspen Institute. Mayor Garcetti will join Michael Bloomberg and mayors from more than 70 cities worldwide — along with urban experts, city planners, writers, technologists, economists, and designers committed to creating scalable solutions to major challenges faced by cities around the globe.
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) connects more than 90 of the world’s megacities, including Los Angeles, that have committed to tackling climate change through reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating resilient, sustainable, and low carbon cities. C40 cities represent more than 650 million urban citizens and their economies account for 25% of global GDP.