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Network – The C40 Climate Summit and the Clinton Climate Initiative

Posted in Models, Movements by fedwards on May 24th, 2007

The C40 is a group of 40 of the world’s largest cities who work with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to deliver carbon emissions reductions and better energy efficiency to achieve greater sustainability and lessen the global impact of climate change. The CCI was launched in August 2006 by former President Clinton to “the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant ways”.

During the recent C40 Climate Summit in New York, former President Bill Clinton announced the creation of a global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, which brings together four of the world’s largest energy service companies (ESCOs), five of the world’s largest banks, and fifteen of the world’s largest cities in a landmark program designed to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings.

In addition to this news, the new Zerofootprint carbon counter was launched at the Summit which allows for large scale web-based data warehousing that can aggregate carbon emission information from city institutions such as government, companies, universities, neighborhoods and families. As reported in Worldchanging,

“Toronto Mayor David Miller announced that his city would be using the tool, called Zerofootprint Toronto, to calculate carbon emissions for the city’s 50,000 employees this July. The free tool will also be available to others in the city, so that it begins to build a “bottom-up” analysis of carbon emissions complementing the “top-down” analysis cities, counties and local government are currently engaged in with groups such as another Toronto-based non-profit, ICLEI.”

For more information about the CCI initiative, latest news and programs, go to the C40 website, www.c40cities.org/.

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