At the US China Climate Leaders Summit, local governments have announced new commitments and partnerships to mitigate climate change, increase climate resilience and strengthen bilateral cooperation.
ICLEI Member Cities such as Boston and Los Angeles, along with several Chinese cities, have committed to greater greenhouse gas emissions reductions and concrete climate action plans. These actions are intended to support the US and China's post-2020 national climate targets that seek to limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius.
During the Summit, ICLEI USA and the ICLEI China Office have announced the launch of the California-China Urban Climate Collaborative (CCUCC), a new partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the California-China Office of Trade and Investment, the Bay Area Council and the Asia Society.
The CCUCC is a dynamic new long-term exchange between cities in California and China seeking to reduce carbon and air pollution and advance the clean energy economy. This public commitment by cities will include a strong engagement with the private sector.
Through the CCUCC, participating cities will receive tools and technical support, access to a panel of leading experts and networking opportunities to drive emissions reductions through proven climate action planning processes and technology solutions. Ten Californian and ten Chinese cities will make up the initial cohort, and will be selected using multiple indicators and detailed research and analysis.
The CCUCC was conceived in close coordination with the State of California led by CalEPA and the California Energy Commission and the office of Governor Jerry Brown as a strategy to implement a series of MOUs between California, provincial leaders, and China’s National Development and Reform Commission. The intent of the program is to help achieve the strategic goals of those agreements and build a long-term technically focused information and collaboration network between cities on climate change measures.
“We are honored to contribute to the success of the U.S.-China Climate Cities Summit with the formal announcement of the CCUCC.” ICLEI USA Executive Director, Michael Schmitz, said.
For more information, see the fact sheet here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/us_china_climate_leaders_declaration_9_14_15_730pm_final.pdf