He might not have been allowed to go to Copenhagen for political reasons, but Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ensured that what he wanted to do there did happen, via video conferencing.
The city is now a signatory to the C-40 Clean Air Cities Declaration. A binding commitment to clean up the air in major cities across the world.
Kejriwal highlighted measures taken by his government to curb air pollution in the national capital, including the introduction of the odd-even vehicle rationing plan and shutting down thermal power plants in the city. He also spoke about his government has taken “systematic efforts” in the fields of mobility and infrastructure which has brought the city’s air pollution by around 25%.
What is the C40 World Mayors’ Summit?
The C40 group of leaders, who represent 94 cities, more than 700 million people and one-quarter of the global economy announced their support for a Global Green New Deal to fight the climate crisis.
The city leaders from around the world share ideas on green urban development, and on ways to get national governments to act on climate issues.
The Global Green New Deal was announced by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, with backing from the C40 member cities.
According to its website, the C40 deliver urgent and essential climate action needed to secure a sustainable future for urban citizens worldwide. The group is committed to delivering on climate targets set under the 2016 Paris Agreement and sets the bar for cities to develop and implement local level plans that comply with those targets.
The host city this year, Copenhagen, plans to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Kolkata Wins the Green Mobility Award
Kolkata won the best Green Mobility Award at the Summit for its project on low carbon commute transition.
The project plans on introducing 5,000 e-buses and electrification of all ferries that will run across the Ganges river by 2030.
The cities from India that are part of the C40 are Delhi, Bengaluru, Jaipur, and Kolkata.