COP26 host to join select group of cities that have agreed to pilot ways to deliver a just transition for local communities. Glasgow has marked the start of the 100-day countdown to the COP26 Climate Summit by announcing it will take part two-year pilot project run by the Thriving Cities Initiative that will see it develop and test innovative ways to tackle climate change and environmental degradation in a way that is fair to its citizens. The Thriving Cities Initiative, a project run by the C40 Cities network and funded by KR Foundation, works with select cities to explore and foster new systems, community activities and business models that can reduce overall levels of consumption and enable citizens to access a good life without abusing planetary boundaries. Glasgow is the fourth city to join the scheme, alongside Philadelphia, Portland, and Amsterdam. Announcing the move this morning, the Leader of Glasgow City Council Susan Aitkin said the city was joining the group to enable a net zero transition that was fair to its citizens and communities, while setting an example to other cities ahead of the vital climate talks it will host in November. The COP26 host city has previously set a goal to reach net zero carbon by 2030, and in December published a ‘Circular Routemap’ that sets out how the city can develop a more sustainable economy over the coming decade. It has also produced a ‘green investment prospectus’ and hired a Green Economy Manager to drive investment that can make its climate ambitions a reality. In related news, the C40 group and consultancy giant McKinsey this week published a new report offering guidance to city leaders on how to advance climate adaptation programmes.
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