The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is a Clinton Foundation project dedicated to making a difference in the fight against climate change in practical and measurable ways, initiating programs that directly result in substantial reductions in heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.
|On August 1, the Clinton Climate Initiative announced its first program at a press conference in Los Angeles. Joined by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, London Mayor Ken Livingstone, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome, President Clinton announced that CCI will join with the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, an organization comprised of most of the largest cities in the world that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The CCI will assist the large cities in the group in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy efficiency by using the same business-oriented approach that has made other Clinton Foundation initiatives successful. Urban areas account for 75 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.|
The CCI—Large Cities partnership begins with 24 of the largest cities in the world participating: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago, Delhi, Dhaka, Houston, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Toronto, and Warsaw. The partnership anticipates that many more cities will join over the next four to six months. CCI teams have already begun visiting cities.
To enable its partner cities to reduce energy use and green house gas emissions, CCI will:
- Create a purchasing consortium that will pool the purchasing power of the cities to lower the prices of energy saving products and accelerate the development and deployment of new energy saving and greenhouse gas reducing technologies and products.
- Mobilize the best experts in the world to provide technical assistance to cities to develop and implement plans that will result in greater energy efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
- Create and deploy common measurement tools and internet based communications systems that will allow cities to establish a baseline on their greenhouse gas emissions, measure the effectiveness of the program in reducing these emissions and to share what works and does not work with each other.