Austin Up There With the Biggest Cities In “Peaked” Greenhouse Gases

September 8, 2019

Austin is among the four latest cities worldwide to have reached a peak in greenhouse gas emissions, which are now in reduction.

That’s according to an analysis from London-based C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group as part of an effort to track emissions as the group prepares its annual report for the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen.

Austin, Athens Greece, Lisbon Portugal and Venice Italy were the latest major cities to have peaked their greenhouse gas emissions, an analysis said on Tuesday.

C40 is a coalition of 94 cities representing “one twelfth of the world’s population and one quarter of the global economy,” as the company puts it.

The group says 30 of its cities have now reached the peak-then-decline milestone for greenhouse emissions, about which the “world”s leading scientists have calculated that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2020 in order to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius” (34.7 degrees Fahrenheit).

Since reaching a peak, the cities have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22% — though global emissions continue to rise overall.

The 30 cities are: Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Warsaw, and Washington D.C.

C40 said it also plays an important role in helping mayors and city officials access critical data and resources to determine the best courses for climate action.