Tshwane pledges to reduce carbon emissions

Pretoria: The City of Tshwane has joined the Compact of Mayors from around the world leading the fight against climate change in every region across the globe.

Executive Mayor of City of Tshwane, Kgosietso Ramokgopa made the announcement on Friday at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders held in Paris.

Mayor Ramokgopa said that the city’s participation in the Compact of Mayors has already had a significant impact leading to more than 360 cities commitments made through the Compact of Mayors, as of 23 November 2015. This would realise over 50% of the 2020 global potential for urban greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions.

“Over the last 20 years, local governments have demonstrated accelerating leadership in tackling climate change and today, the collective impact of this action has finally been quantified. Thanks to the leadership of the City of Tshwane and our compact friends around the world, local governments are spurring greater ambition and action to create a pathway for a better future,” said Mayor Ramokgopa.

Ramokgopa met with other mayors to demonstrate their commitment to making communities more resilient to climate change, reducing their GHG emissions and regularly reporting their progress publicly.

The Climate Summit for Local Leaders was hosted by Mayor of the City of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg in partnership with the global networks of cities and local governments.

The summit was the largest global convening of mayors, governors and local leaders focused on climate change.