Studies show that municipal governments worldwide consider climate change solutions to be an economic opportunity. This week representatives from Bogotá, New York, Jakarta, London and 11 other cities are meeting in Copenhagen to work together on how to integrate green solutions, economic growth and job creation.
The C40 Green Growth Network is led by the City of Copenhagen. The network’s aim is to share and discuss best practices for themes such as how to work with private sector organisations and green clusters to drive innovation, how to determine the economic rationale for green policies and how to make the case for such policies by showing their wider economic benefit.
“It is my clear impression that there is more interest and a growing level of investment in sustainable solutions. This is happening as cities come to view green policies and investments as a tool to recover from the economic crisis and its aftermath, insulate themselves from resource shortages and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic growth,” says Copenhagen Lord Mayor, Frank Jensen.
”By working collaboratively, C40 Cities are leading the world in developing strategies, implementing solutions and delivering results. The C40 Green Growth Network will focus on bridging the gaps between efforts to spur economic growth, protect our environment and safeguard public health through local action. It will also look at ways to best partner with the private sector on these efforts. New York City is proud to be a part of this network, and I am pleased that the City of Copenhagen is leading this important initiative.” Says C40 Chair and Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg