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C40 Large Cities Climate Summit

12:00AM, 23 May 2007
12:00AM, 23 May 2007
To Be Confirmed
C40 Large Cities Climate Summit

From May 14th to 17th, leaders of city governments and multinational businesses from over thirty cities met in New York City for the second C40 Large Cities Climate Summit. Plenary sessions at the summit included the economic case for climate action, the business case for tackling climate change, communicating climate change and ensuring action, and financing climate change solutions. Solutions and issues around transport, energy, waste and buildings were also covered in seven panel discussions.

The °Climate Group hosted the final plenary session of the Summit, which looked at creative financing mechanisms for sustainable infrastructure, such as clean energy and energy efficiency projects in cities. This session examined how capital markets are responding to climate change and how cities and businesses can work with these developments to maximise benefits and opportunities.

Key outcomes coming out of the summit include the Clinton Climate Initiative's $5 billion programme to reduce emissions from buildings, and the laying of a solid foundation for the C40 cities to achieve significant emissions reductions in the future.

Other events of interest taking place around the summit included:

> The launch of two new publications by The °Climate Group: Public Private Partnership, Local Initiatives - 11 case-studies showing how cities and businesses are working together to tackle climate change; and Low Carbon Leader: New York - profiling leading reducers in New York State.

> New York City joining The °Climate Group - The °Climate Group will work to help support the Mayor's recently unveiled sustainability initiative - known as PlaNYC - which aims to reduce the City's global warming emissions by 30%.

> Media Capital event, a panel discussion hosted by The °Climate Group on May 14th, featuring a diverse array of leading communications experts exploring the changing media 'climate.' Beth Fertig, WNYC; Heidi Arthur, Ad Council; Jeff Berman, MySpace; Ian Rowe, MTV; and David Epstein, Sports Illustrated discussed the challenges and opportunities traditional and online media face in covering global warming. The panel, moderated by Fox News anchorman Jon Scott, debated how the widening arena of media outlets are choosing to approach climate change from either a pure reporting perspective or a position of actively shaping people's attitudes and behaviors.

The event was generously sponsored by MWH: a leading global provider of environmental engineering, construction and strategic consulting services - and a member of The Climate Group.

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