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COP19: “It’s an opportunity for national governments that we, cities agreed to do the job”Climate mitigation and adaptation efforts at local level were at the center of the [Warsaw Dialogue->http://www.covenantofmayors.eu/agenda_en.html?id_event=806] held in the framework of the COP19 last week, with Covenant of Mayors signatory cities showing their frontline experience in designing Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and cooperating with all levels of government, private sector and civil society to move from rhetoric to actual change on the ground.
“It’s an opportunity for national governments that we, the cities agreed to do the job, as we clearly state in the Nantes declaration. We know how to reduce CO2 emissions in our territory”, said Ronan Dantec, Advisor of Nantes, spokesman for the world organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and Member of the French Senate.
Echoing this view, Member of the European Parliament Claude Turmes, who spoke at Climate Alliance event at the EU Pavilion on 15 November, also emphasized how local authorities’ efforts are helping national governments to meet their targets.
This only further demonstrates the importance of the Covenant of Mayors initiative, which offers a unique reporting framework which has already been used by over 3,000 of the signatories to articulate their Sustainable Energy Action Plans.
In light of this, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Christina Figueres both called for a greater involvement of local governments in international negotiations. The Conference host city Warsaw itself was recently featured in a Covenant of Mayors video which highlights the measures the city is undertaking to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. These include replacing its outdated lighting system with LED lighting using energy performance contracts, the construction of a new metro line, and the retrofitting of public buildings. The video is available here.
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