30 of world's largest cities have hit peak greenhouse gas emissions milestone, C40 analysis shows

The international community has collaboratively crusaded to
quickly reach peak global greenhouse gas
. By doing so, they hope to alleviate worldwide
temperature rise and related climate disasters. A recent report
confirms that 30 of the world’s largest cities — all members of
the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group — have completed their
peak greenhouse gas emission milestones.

What does it mean when a country or city “peaks” its
greenhouse gas emissions? As part of the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement,
first enacted in 2016, countries across the globe — and their
respective cities, some of which are members of the C40 — have
agreed to decrease global warming by keeping the collective
planet-wide temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
To ensure this, the countries that have signed the Paris Agreement
have set goals to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas
emissions. When a country’s emissions levels have reversed
substantially, they are described as having “peaked” at last,
so they are now capable of industrially operating at emissions
levels far below their “peak” point.

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According to the World Resources Institute (WRI)
, “peaking”
really began even before the Paris Agreement was established. For
instance, by 1990, 19 countries were documented to have peaked
their greenhouse gas
emission levels
. By 2000, an additional 14 countries reached
their critical milestones. A decade later, in 2010, 16 more
countries joined the list of countries that have peaked, including
the United States and Canada, which both peaked in 2007.

Meanwhile, in 2005, the multinational organization now known as
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, or C40 for short, was founded
when representatives from 18 mega-cities cooperatively forged an
agreement to address widespread pollution and climate
change. The group began with 18 cities and has grown significantly
since then. Interestingly, the C40, on its 10th anniversary back in
2015, was instrumental in shaping the Paris Agreement prior to its
2016 ratification.

Now, ahead of the C40 World Mayors Summit, a new analysis just
revealed that 30 of the world’s largest and most influential
cities — all members of C40 — have each achieved
their respective peak greenhouse gas emissions goals. The 30 cities
include Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago,
Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid,
Melbourne, Milan, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo,
Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm,
Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.

The C40 analysis further disclosed that these 30 influential
cities have helped to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average
of 22 percent, which is encouraging.

“The C40 cities that have reached peak emissions are raising
the bar for climate ambition, and, at the same time, exemplifying
how climate action
creates healthier, more equitable and resilient communities,”
said Mark Watts, executive director of C40 Cities. 

To further its endeavors, C40 has launched the C40 Knowledge
. It is an online platform dedicated to informing and
inspiring policies to ramp up global climate initiatives that can
even more sustainable changes
to protect the planet.

+ C40

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30 of world's largest cities have hit peak greenhouse gas emissions milestone, C40 analysis shows