Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was one of a dozen mayors from around the world Monday who pledged to purchase only zero-emission buses in their cities by 2025 by signing the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration.
Garcetti signed the pledge in Paris at a meeting of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a coalition of more than 90 of the world’s megacities. The mayor said the pledge is in line with Metro’s goal to have a 100 percent zero-emission fleet by 2030.
“Los Angeles is already leading the way with our landmark program to build the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in America,” Garcetti said. “This pledge expands that effort, and affirms our commitment to building cleaner, healthier communities across our city.”
Mayors from Paris, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, and Cape Town were among those who signed the pledge.
Garcetti also signed a memorandum of understanding on Olympic cooperation with Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris and the chair of C40. Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Summer Olympics. The MOU says two cities will cooperate and share best practices.
“Mayor Hidalgo and I are united in our belief that the Olympic Games are defined by inspiration and transformation,” Garcetti said. “Our games are an opportunity to work together and to demonstrate that by addressing our global challenges at the local level, we can find sustainable solutions that create jobs, improve public health, and grow our economies.”
–City News Service
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