LONDON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) today welcomed Wuhan to its international network of cities committed to taking climate change actions locally that are having an impact globally. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province in the People's Republic of China, and is the most populous city in Central China.
Wuhan joins Shenzhen as the latest additions to the C40 network, which now counts five cities from China.
"As mayor of a fast growing megacity in a transition economy myself, I understand the challenges that promoting sustainable economic development represents," said C40 Chair, Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro. "For this reason also, I am confident that Wuhan's engagement with the C40 global network, which has now grown to include 69 cities, many of which facing similar challenges, can provide robust support to your climate change agenda."
Chairman Paes added that increasing participation from cities in China is important, "given their unique experience in promoting sustainable and resilient low-carbon development."
With a population of 10.2 million people, dozens of railways, roads and expressways pass through the city, making it a major transportation hub. Recently, Wuhan has established a series of innovative institutional mechanisms to enable more effective implementation of environmental programmes, such as the Great East Lake Ecological Water Channel Network Project. In 2012, the city also integrated low carbon and climate change measures into the Wuhan Urban Development Strategy.
"The City of Wuhan has always committed itself to sustainable development and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As a metropolitan city accommodating 10 million people, Wuhan boasts a unique geographical location and plays a leading role in combatting climate change and policy-making for sustainable development," said Mayor of Wuhan, Tang Liangzhi. "Our participation in the C40 would open a door for information sharing and lead us to form good partnerships with similar cities in the network."
By 2020, Wuhan has committed to reducing emissions per unit of GDP by 56% from 2005 levels, and the City has been striving for effective planning and implementation of low carbon measures in order to meet the target date.
Wuhan is the sixth city to join the C40 since the start of 2014, bringing total membership to 69 cities.
About C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. C40 was established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton's Climate Initiative. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; the 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. To learn more about the work of C40 and our Cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter @c40cities and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/C40Cities.
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