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Hamburg joins international climate network

Hamburg joins "Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy" in run-up to G20 summit

Hamburg has joined the “Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy“ after Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment, signed the agreement on behalf of the senate, a press release said Thursday (July 6, 2017). Membership of the international network of towns and cities indicates Hamburg’s clear commitment to climate change and energy transition as host of the G20 summit from July 7-8, 2017.

Commitment to goals of UN Climate Change Agreement

Hamburg was one of the founding members of the predecessor network “Covenant of Mayors“ of which it has been a member since 2008. European cities such as Paris, Brussels and Barcelona have joined the new network as a joint commitment to the goals of the UN Climate Change conference reached in Paris. The network encourages talks between cities and makes best practice examples by cities available.

Reducing C02 emissions

The partners in the network have agreed to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 per cent minimum by 2030 while Hamburg is aiming for a 50 per cent reduction. “Towns and cities play a key role in achieving international climate objectives. Networks and co-operation are more important than ever now that the United States has announced its departure from the U.N. Climate Agreement reached in Paris. Hamburg’s membership of the ‘Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy’ is a clear commitment just before the G20 summit during which climate change will play an important role,” said Kerstan. He added: “We are showing clearly that Hamburg will play its part in achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Change agreement.“

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