Wednesday, December 16, 2009

City of Calgary recognized in Copenhagen for climate leadership

The City of Calgary was recognized today for climate leadership by top Canadian environmental organizations at the Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayors.

The ‘Reaching Out to Global Energy Cities’ Award, presented to Mayor Bronconnier, acknowledges the City’s actions to reduce municipal greenhouse gases and the landmark signing of The Calgary Climate Change Accord, which commits nine global energy cities to bold GHG reduction targets.

"Today’s award recognizes the leadership role The City of Calgary has taken on numerous environmental fronts," said Mayor Bronconnier. "The Calgary Climate Change Accord demonstrates the commitment by some of the world’s largest energy centres to environmental protection, energy efficiencies and innovation."

The Calgary Climate Change Accord of the World Energy Cities Partnership reconfirms municipal governments as leaders and catalysts for change. Specifically, it calls for policies, plans and operations that reduce the GHG emissions generated by their activities 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 City was recognized also for its partnership with ENMAX. By 2012, The City of Calgary’s municipal electricity supply will be 100 per cent green electricity, making it the largest municipal user of green electricity in Canada and the number one user – by percentage – of green electricity in North America.

The environmental organizations that teamed up to reward acts of climate leadership included the David Suzuki Foundation, the Ecology Action Centre, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, ForestEthics, the Green Energy Act Alliance, the Pembina Institute, PowerUp Canada, TckTckTck, and WWF-Canada. The Alberta Pembina Institute co-sponsored the ‘Reaching Out to Global Energy Cities’ award.

Visit here for more information on The Calgary Climate Change Accord

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