Global city leaders unite to fight climate change

Mayors from across the globe have joined forced in the fight against climate change. The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy groups – the EU Covenant of Mayors […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Mayors from across the globe have joined forced in the fight against climate change.

The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy groups – the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors – have announced the formation of an initiative of cities and local governments.

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy will build on the commitments of more than 7,100 cities from 119 countries, representing around 8% of the world’s population.

The new initiative will bring together relevant data on cities’ energy and climate actions reported to the current EU platforms, allowing cities and towns to compare their achievements.

It comes six months after the historic Paris climate deal, when global nations agreed to work together to combat climte change by keeping temperature rise to “well below 2°C”.

Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice President said: “The EU Covenant of Mayors shows that when mayors share a vision of a low carbon future and roll up their sleeves, things get done.

“As of today, this will become the strength of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a coalition that is truly unique on the global scene. Never before have so many cities joined forces, eager to inspire each other and committed to collectively taking the path to a low carbon, resilient society.”