Climate Solutions: Cities in Action

Climate Solutions: Cities in Action

As Auckland becomes the newest member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, join us to hear Mark Watts talk about the initiatives that cities around the globe are putting in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. From Singapore to Stockholm, New York to Melbourne, C40 cities are making a practical difference to our shared climate future. 

As part of C40, Auckland will be working with more than 80 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 550+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Sharing research, experiences and ideas, C40 is helping to find and implement innovative solutions to urban climate issues such as transport, energy, buildings and waste.

Auckland is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in 2040. Take a look at Low Carbon Auckland - Auckland’s Energy Resilience and Low Carbon Action Plan that was officially launched by Mayor Len Brown together with civic and business leaders on 1 July 2014. First year progress can be seen in the annual report here.

Mark Watts

Executive Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Mark Watts serves as the Executive Director for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

Prior to joining C40, Mark was the Director of Arup’s energy consulting team based in London. Focused on cities and sustainability, he lead Arup’s partnership with the C40 group of cities committed to tackling climate change. Prior to joining Arup as a Director in 2008, he was the climate change and sustainable transport adviser to the Mayor of London, in which role the London Evening Standard described him as “the intellectual force behind Ken Livingstone’s drive to make London a leading light of the battle against global warming.”

He led the development of London's ground-breaking Climate Change Action Plan and the associated programme of projects to reduce London’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025. Mark is a member of the Yale Climate Dialogue and is a member of the Advisory Group at WRI's Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

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