Tokyo has joined the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, an organization chaired by the Mayor of London comprising most of the largest cities in the world. The Group’s urban areas are responsible for more than 75% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the world.
In August this year, the Mayor joined with former US President Bill Clinton to announce a partnership of the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Clinton Foundation Climate Change Initiative (CCI) to work on an accelerated program of carbon reductions in urban areas.
As one of the world’s most important cities, Tokyo is a significant addition to the Large Cities Climate Change Group. There is much that they will contribute to other members’ climate change work. Japan is at the forefront of developing renewable energy technology and Tokyo is leading the world in mapping and reducing its urban heat island and in developing innovative methods to manage flood risk.
The world’s largest cities have a major role to play in averting catastrophic climate change. Already they are at the centre of developing the technologies and innovative new practices that provide hope that we can radically reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the inevitable impacts.—Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone
The Large Cities Climate Leadership Group currently comprises Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago, Delhi NCT, Dhaka, Houston, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Toronto, and Tokyo.