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The 10 cities doing most to combat climate change
Posted on 10/12/2016


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In its yearly awards ceremony, C40 Cities singled out megacities around the world which are leading the way in terms of combating climate change, often with innovative initiatives.

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  • Portland, USA
    Portland, USA

    Climate action plans and inventories The city's Climate Action Plan 2015 ultimately won it this category. Portland is currently on target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2050. Currently, half of its citizens use public transport, walk, or cycle rather than using a car.

  • Paris, France
    Paris, France

    Adaptation plans and assessments Paris's climate adaptation strategy was honoured this year, with the city working on a plan to reduce the effects of urban heatwaves, flooding and droughts by 2020.

  • Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
    Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

    Building energy efficiency These Australian cities have both put a programme known as CitySwitch Green Office into action, looking to reduce the gap between owners and tenants by encouraging them to work together to lower CO2 emissions from their building.

  • Yokohama, Japan
    Yokohama, Japan

    Clean energy Yokohama's Smart City Project hopes to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. City officials are working to engage both inhabitants and stakeholders to meet their target.

  • Shenzhen, China
    Shenzhen, China

    Finance and economic development Despite being one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Shenzhen has committed to implementing an Emissions Trading System (ETS). The scheme has so far recruited 636 companies to participate in green, low carbon development of the city.


Earlier this month the mayors of 40 cities from around the world came together in Mexico City to talk about climate change. But they weren't just there to chinwag about one of the most serious issues facing our planet, they were there to share best practices.

From China to Brazil, France to Ethiopia, the megacities of the C40 network are working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The City Climate Leadership Awards, which took place alongside the C40 Mayors Summit, chose the most innovative projects across 11 categories to give the list of winners above.

Take a look at some of the fantastic initiatives already in place around the world to combat climate change in some of its biggest cities.

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