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CDP Cities 2011

Fig. 04: Governance across regions City

Region Chicago

City-wide targets

North America To reduce GHG emissions by 25percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050


“... launched the Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP) in September 2008 – a roadmap of five strategies with 35 actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to changes.”


...CCAP has been held accountable primarily by the Green Ribbon Committee (GRC), a group of business and community leaders who are appointed by the Mayor. The GRC reviews performance against CCAP goals and recommends revisions, adjustments and improvements. GRC releases an annual letter of recommen- dations to the Mayor and regularly convenes private sector actors to showcase CCAP progress to date, energize the community and highlight the continuing importance of effective action.”

Rotterdam Europe

To reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2025

“The aim of the RCI (Rotterdam Climate Initiative) is to achieve a 50 percent reduction of CO2 emissions in 2025 with respect to 1990, prepare for climate change, and promote the Rotterdam economy. The RCI offers a platform for government, organizations, companies and citizens to work together on these goals.”

Seoul East Asia

To reduce GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2030 actively addressing climate change issues through projects such as establishment of climate monitoring system; development of Seoul climate & energy map; development of GHG inventory; and launch of Seoul Emission Trading System.”

“The deputy mayor(elderman) responsible for this program has delegated the day to day governance to a city official who is Director Sustainability. She provides an official progress report three times per year to the city government about the progress of the projects.”

“Under the Environmental Protection Head- quarters, there is Climate Change and Air Quality Division, a dedicated division to address climate change issues in Seoul where professional staffs from relevant fields are developing and implementing climate change related measures such as mitigation and adaptation policies to encourage more participation from the citizens and the businesses. To review its progress, Seoul evaluates project analysis annually and establishes plans for the future... Based on the GHG database from the inventory and greenhouse gas management system, Seoul plans to integrate management of annual reductions.”

Johannesburg Africa Not disclosed

“Climate Change Programmes are reviewed every quarter as part of the Environmental Departmental Balance Scorecard. Climate Change issues are discussed in Sub Mayoral Committee on Climate Change. The Executive Director Environment ensures that Air Quality and Climate Change Directorate implement the climate change programmes.”


Southeast Asia and Oceania

To reduce GHG emissions by 20 percent by 2012 and 70 percent by 2030 below 2006 levels

“Sydney has set up Sustainable Sydney 2030 which provides a long term strategic vision of Sydney as Green, Global Connected. It suggests 5 Big Moves to make Sydney more sustainable, vibrant and successful.”

São Paulo

Latin America To reduce GHG emissions by 30 percent by 2012 below 2005 levels

“The City of São Paulo created the first comprehensive Climate Bill in Brazil and is under final discussions for creating its guidelines for a Climate Change Action Plan. One of the actions involves 100 percent use of renewable fuel in public transportation.”

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“The Municipal Manager is a Chief Administration Officer who oversees the implementation of the Council resolutions with regard to climate change. The Head of Department (HoD) of Environment ensures the operational implementation of the climate change decisions as recommended by the council.”

“In 2007, the City of Sydney asked residents and businesses what they wanted to see happen over the next 20 years and beyond. The result is a collective vision for Sydney’s sustainable development, called Sustainable Sydney 2030, which will make Sydney a green, global and connected city.”

“The City of São Paulo has created the ‘Climate Change and Eco-Economy Committee’, comprised of both public and private stakeholders. Actively involving citizens and businesses in decision-making processes can encourage and motivate them to change their behavior and attitudes – ultimately making the job of the city government much easier.”

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