Carbon Zero Cities
Action by mid-sized cities to reach zero carbon emissions by mid-century is crucial to climate change. According to the UN, nearly a third of the world’s population lives in urban areas of fewer than one million people. In recognition of this, the capital cities of Canberra (the Australian Capital Territory) and Sacramento (California, USA) are co-hosting an affiliate event to the Global Climate Action Summit that will focus on the special challenges and opportunities for mid-sized cities in developing and implementing strong, enduring climate action.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and City of Sacramento are partnering to host this event. Both capital cities have ambitious climate goals. The ACT is on track to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020 and has an aggressive plan for zero-emission transport. Recently, ACT has set a net zero emissions target by 2045. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has endorsed a goal to achieve Carbon Zero by 2050, and has set aggressive near-term targets to electrify transport throughout the city, with significant investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, all-electric car share services, electric-assist bike share, and on-demand, zero-emission microtransit in one of the City’s most disadvantaged communities.
Hosted by the ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury and the Mayor of Sacramento Darrell Steinberg, the event is intended for elected officials of mid-sized cities. Attendees will be able to discuss opportunities and barriers to addressing climate change, network with representatives from other jurisdictions, and explore possibilities to establish joint working relationships. At the conclusion of the event, a Carbon Zero Cities declaration will be issued by those jurisdictions electing to sign. For registered city officials unable to attend the event in person, there will be an opportunity to participate by sharing thoughts and resources electronically. Already, many mid-sized cities have participated in our Carbon Zero Cities survey. Find out more about the climate change action and targets of participants that have completed the survey and a summary of the key findings from the survey.
A social event will directly follow the business discussion, showcasing a selection of Australian and Californian wines, local cuisine, and an informal opportunity to network, learn and collaborate with other jurisdictions.
Venue: Bently Reserve Conference Center, 301 Battery St, San Francisco.
Date: Friday 14 September 2018, 2-5pm, including a social hour with drinks and canapés following formal proceedings.
Pre-event registration is required. Register here.