Sadiq Khan appointed vice chair of international climate network

Khan will represent the Europe region on C40's steering committee

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been elected as a vice chair of the C40 Climate Leadership Group — an international network of megacities committed to action on climate change.

Working with the mayor of Cophenhagen, Khan will represent the Europe region in regional forums and on the global stage, an opportunity to uphold his campaign commitments to act on climate change and pollution.

Commenting on his election the mayor said:

“I want my daughters and every Londoner to grow up in a city that is cleaner and greener, in which people aren’t dying because the air is so filthy.

“And I want London to be at the cutting edge of new green technologies, generating the growth and jobs of the future.

“My new ambitions for Energy for Londoners, and my new role as Vice Chair of the C40 will ensure that London is a beacon to the world and helps to generate the opportunities that will accelerate the pace of change to create better cities for all.”

Eduardo Paes, C40 chair and mayor of Rio de Janeiro, welcomed Khan to the steering committee.

‘London was a founding city of C40 and has always been a vital member of the network,’ he commented. ‘Mayor Khan’s strong commitment to climate change and bold ambitions for London will make him and invaluable leader within C40’.

There is a growing consensus that cities must be at the centre of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. Over half of the global population currently lives in urban areas, which is set to rise to two-thirds by 2050.

The C40 network brings together mayors and city officials from around the world to develop urban policy solutions to climate challenges.

In recent years, London has lagged behind its international counterparts with regard to climate change and pollution, which many attributed to Boris Johnson’s lack of concern about the environment, and borderline climate change scepticism.

One of Khan’s early priorities has been to break with his predeccessor and speed up the pace of change in London, particularly with regard to air pollution.

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