All signing cities are members of the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP), which represents 15 of the largest energy cities in the world. This pact confirms The City’s commitment to greenhouse gas reduction targets in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) to be held in Copenhagen in December 2009. It calls for policies, plans and operations to reduce GHG emissions by a minimum of 20 per cent by 2020 - with a further minimum reduction of 80 per cent by 2050, using 2005 levels as a baseline. The signature cities of the WECP will establish a mechanism to report progress.
The Accord urges world leaders gathering in Copenhagen to establish new targets for GHG reduction in an ambitious global agreement that will safeguard people and the planet from the effects of climate change. The goal of the Copenhagen meeting is to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
Signing representatives included:
- Dave Bronconnier, Mayor of Calgary, Canada
- Peter Stephen, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
- Steve Streatch, Councillor for Halifax, Canada
- Anthony W. Hall Jr., Chief Administrative Officer for Houston, United States of America
- Lisa Scaffidi, Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Perth, Australia
- Dr. George Nworlu, Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Energy of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
- Kenneth Ferguson, Mayor of San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
- Leif Johan Sevland, Mayor of Stavanger, Norway
- Elizabeth Lawrence, Director of Economic Development, Tourism & Culture for St. John's, Canada