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More renewables, less CO2, for hi-tech champion Seoul

In 2012 a 5-year plan was launched, with a budget of $1.7 million, to mitigate the effects of climate change. “One less Nuclear Power Plant” is Seoul’s plan to reduce energy consumption by 2 million TOE by the end of 2014 (the equivalent of an average nuclear power plant), while investing on renewable energy. To 

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Vulnerable Johannesburg lays the foundation for a climate-resilient future

Johannesburg is very vulnerable to floods, heat waves and migration from neighbor countries due to climate change. The city developed a comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP) to identify weaknesses and actions to be undertaken. A Bus Rapid Transit initiative will reduce CO2 emissions by 1.6 million ton before 2020. Johannesburg is the largest city 

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Bogotá is cleaning its air one bus at a time. And it works.

  Bogotà has one of the poorest air qualities of Latin America, largely ascribable to the transport sector. After launching a bus rapid transit system, the city has reportedly reduced its emissions by 350,000 tonnes each year. Adopting a Plan for Climate Change, Bogotà has chosen the path of sustainability and farsightedness. Change is silent 

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Award-winning Bonn sets out to become the cycling capital of its region

Bonn has so far reduced its CO2 emissions by 14% compared to 1990 levels. The city aims to reduce its CO2 emissions until 2020 by 40% and by 2050 by 90-95%, reaching 2.5 tonnes per capita in 2030. Building on a well-developed bike path network, Bonn wants to become the bike capital of its region 

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The critical importance of city-business collaboration for sustainable development

City leaders around the world are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development–but they can’t do it alone. By Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability, and Peter Bakker, President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Advanced technology and innovation are urgently needed to ensure sustainable urban development. Energy-efficient 

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