C40, the global network of leading cities committed to addressing climate change, and Arup have brought together 11 global cities, from London to Bogotá to Auckland, to offer delegates at COP26 some of the world’s best examples of impactful climate action at a city level. Located in COP26’s Green Zone, the Global Cities Climate Action Exhibition will highlight cities’ critical roles in reaching the ambitious targets being discussed by key international bodies and leaders at COP26. The full exhibition will also be available virtually via an interactive digital platform.
Cities represent over half the global population, consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. The exhibition organisers are calling for greater investment capital and confidence in city-led climate action to inspire future initiatives.
The exhibition will show how city-led climate solutions from 11 urban areas, which jointly represent over 109 million inhabitants, are measuring tangible positive climate impacts through reduced emissions, improved resource efficiency, and strengthened climate adaptation and mitigation, while enhancing citizens’ quality of life and social equity. The equitable, impactful initiatives showcased in the exhibition include LA’s Green New Deal, led by Chair of C40 Cities Mayor Eric Garcetti. Global mayors and city leaders are set to attend the exhibition, including Mayor of London and Chair-elect of C40 Cities Sadiq Khan.
The on-the-ground initiatives range from low carbon housing support and sustainable mobility solutions to rainwater harvesting projects and transforming waste into clean, affordable energy. They will highlight the opportunity for cities to lead the way on taking practical action to reach international climate targets.
The 11 cities selected to participate in the exhibition are Auckland, Beijing, Bogotá, Istanbul, Jakarta, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Nairobi, and Washington, D.C. Some of the climate action programmes, projects and initiatives featured include: