Stockholm has reduced its emissions by 35% from 1993 to 2010, but grew its economy by 41%, one of the highest growth rates in Europe. Since 1990, Copenhagen has reduced its carbon emissions by more than 40%, while experiencing real growth of around 50%. Our research in the province of British Columbia also proves you can implement a carbon tax without affecting development.
Will all Canadian cities step up to the plate leading into COP 21 and declare ambitious targets such as our Europe counterparts? Let’s not wait for a federal/provincial agreement, which of course is necessary, we need everyone to act now. Cities and local governments are on the front line of implementing climate action now. If you are interested in a conversation about other climate potentials, click here.