Manifesto of the II Climate Forum of cities
22 August 2018201820182018
Global trends in the development of cities are dictated not only by the economy, but also by rapid climate change. “Сarbon tax” is becoming the basis of the environmental policy of an increasing number of countries, and the demand for a friendly living environment and informed consumption among people living in cities is increasing. Climate control measures have already affected the lives of many progressive mega-cities, which account for two-thirds of the world's electricity and harmful emissions into the atmosphere.[1] Cities with a high population density, developed industry and busy highways have a huge potential to reduce their impact on the ecosystem, that's why timely changes are required for establishing a low-carbon future.
Environmental well-being is becoming a marker of successful urban development, an instrument for attracting investment and a new field for competition. By 2020, Singapore promises to reduce its electricity consumption by 15% and water consumption by 5% from the 2013 level, including through support for environmental construction, in which all new public buildings are to be designed exclusively following "green" standards.[2] In exchange for carbon credits South Korea will plant 14,000 hectares of trees in the Sumatra region of Indonesia over the next decade.[3] The UK is reviewing its climate policy in order to achieve carbon neutrality and is starting to begin preparations for the ban on the sale of vehicles operating on fossil fuels.
Moscow is well acquainted with the environmental challenges facing the modern metropolis and pays close attention to further developments in this area. Due to new openness standards for businesses, local enterprises modernize their production and conduct more transparent activities aimed at ensuring environmental safety. At the moment, all Moscow urban development projects have an environmental component embedded in them - the capital becomes a leader in controlling the quality of urban air and water, the development of new parks and the preservation of natural reservoirs. In the face of global changes, it is important to coordinate the development of the regions, and also to exchange experience and best available technologies with international market leaders and the urban community. That is why Moscow is chosen as the place for an open dialogue on the future of cities and attracts representatives of environmental, public and scientific organizations, authorities, as well as citizens. The goal of the Climate Forum of cities is to become a platform for the exchange of best practices on the way to sustainable development of cities.