President Clinton Launches Clinton Climate Initiative
President Clinton, Mayor Ken Livingstone Announce Partnership
Between Clinton Climate Initiative and Large Cities Climate Leadership Group
Partnership Will Reduce Carbon Emissions and Increase Efficiency
In Largest Cities Across the World
August 1, 2006
Los Angeles, CA
President Clinton today launched the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a Clinton
Foundation initiative dedicated to making a difference in the fight against
climate change in practical and measurable ways.
Credit: Dan Avila, Clinton Foundation
Signing the Clinton Climate Initiative
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|President Clinton was joined by London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to announce
the first project of CCI, a partnership between the Clinton Climate Initiative
and the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group. The Large Cities Climate
Leadership Group, chaired by the Mayor of London, is an organization comprised
of most of the largest cities in the world that have pledged to reduce greenhouse
Urban areas are responsible for over 75% of all greenhouse gas emissions in
the world. Therefore reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in cities
is fundamental to any effort to slow the pace of global warming.
“It no longer makes sense for us to debate whether or not the earth is
warming at an alarming rate, and it doesn’t make sense for us to sit back
and wait for others to act,” said President Clinton. “The fate of
the planet that our children and grandchildren will inherit is in our hands,
and it is our responsibility to do something about this crisis. The partnership
between my Foundation and the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group will take
practical and, most importantly, measurable steps toward helping to slow down
global warming, and by taking this approach I think we can make a big difference.
I commend Mayor Livingstone and the Large Cities Group for their leadership
on this issue.”
Last October, London convened a meeting of large cities to discuss cooperation
on addressing global warming. The Large Cities Climate Leadership Group recognized
the need for action and cooperation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
pledged to work together towards that end.
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone said: “There is no bigger task for humanity
than to avert catastrophic climate change. The world’s largest cities
can have a major impact on this. Already they are at the centre of developing
the technologies and innovative new practices that provide hope that we can
radically reduce carbon emissions.
“Former President Clinton and his Foundation have proved that they can
intervene decisively to make a real impact on one of the world’s biggest
problems, AIDS. On behalf of the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, I am
delighted to be able to enter into this new partnership to rapidly accelerate
cities’ response to global warming. Our aim is simple – to change
The Clinton Climate Initiative 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. The Clinton Foundation has made a major contribution to the global
fight against HIV/AIDS over the past four years by building efficient and effective
systems for procurement and distribution of medicine and tests, thus drastically
reducing the cost of treatment. More recently, the Clinton Foundation used the
same business-oriented approach to make strides against childhood obesity, working
with major beverage manufacturers to take high-sugar drinks out of the nation’s
To enable partner cities to reduce energy use and green house gas emissions
- 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. This will be similar to the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative
total quality management approach that has substantially lowered AIDS drug
prices for members of its purchasing consortium.
- 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.
Many cities have worked individually to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas
emissions but most of these practices are not in widespread, systematic or coordinated
use, thus greatly reducing their effectiveness. CCI will engage the largest
cities in the world and allow them to be leaders for all cities by making the
direct benefits from the purchasing consortium, technical assistance, and measurement
and communication tools available to other cities throughout the world.
There are a number of practical steps cities can take to increase efficiency
and reduce emissions including:
- More energy efficient lighting for traffic and street lights.
- Building codes and practices that make use of more effective insulation,
more energy efficient windows, more energy efficient heating and ventilation
systems and more energy efficient lighting.
- More energy efficient municipal water and sanitation systems
- Localized, cleaner electric generation systems
- Use of bio-fuels or hybrid technologies for city buses, garbage trucks and
- Schemes to reduce traffic congestion
- Reduction of emissions from city garbage dumps and the use of biomass to
- More intelligent design of electric grids both across the city and within
office and municipal buildings
The CCI—Large Cities partnership begins with 22 of the largest cities
in the world participating – Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago,
Delhi, Dhaka, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne,
Mexico City, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Toronto,
Warsaw and the partnership anticipates that many more cities will join over
the next four to six months.