19 cities report documented reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions
More than 200 cities around the world have pledged to cut, or even eliminate, their greenhouse-gas emissions. But how many of them have turned the corner by actually demonstrating real, quantifiable reductions?
UN-Habitat has now developed a list of cities worldwide reporting that they’ve done just that — they’ve actually reduced their absolute tonnage of emissions compared with a previous base year. A new analysis by the agency’s Robert Kehew and Faderr Johm finds that 19 cities can make that claim and prove it with publicly available information.
It is worth noting that some cities’ emissions reports include just the central city — the major metropolis of the region. Others seek to encompass their entire metropolitan region.
Here are the figures from Kehew and Johm:
|City, COUNTRY||Base Year||Base Year Total (Million Metric Tons CO2 Equivalent)||Reporting Year||Percentage Reduction in Total Emissions from Base Year to Reporting Year|
|Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA||2007||27.36||2009||9%|
|Brussels-Capital Region, BELGIUM||1990||4.0||2007||4%|
|Mexico City, MEXICO||2008||39.4||2012||19.5%|
|Los Angeles, USA||1990||54.1||2007||7%|
|New York City, USA||2005||59.2||2009||13%|