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Vancouver wins award at COP21

Vancouver received an award for its efforts to reduce carbon emissions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

C40, a consortium of cities committed to combating climate change, named Vancouver one of its 2015 C40 Cities for its carbon reduction initiatives and Greenest City Action Plan, reported local Vancouver paper the Georgia Straight.

The award winners were announced by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group during COP21 in Paris. Among the nine other cities receiving the award were New York, Johannesburg, Nanjing and Stockholm.

“It is an honour for all of our city’s residents to see Vancouver recognized with this important award at the COP21, as we build upon our work together to confront climate change and make Vancouver the greenest city in the world,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a release.

The Greenest City Action Plan consists of 10 goals set for 2020 related to the three main focus areas of Zero Waste, Zero Carbon and Healthy Ecosystems.

The Georgia Straight reported that updated plan figures showed that since 2007, greenhouse-gas emissions in the city have fallen 7 percent and emissions from residential and commercial buildings have dropped 5 percent. A goal of the plan is to lower total emissions to 33 percent below the levels recorded in 2007 by 2020.

The city has so far reduced the amount of annual solid waste transferred to landfills or incinerators by 18 percent, in view of the goal to reduce solid waste by 50 percent from its levels in 2008.

In April of this year, Vancouver achieved its Greenest City Action Plan goal of making more than 50 percent of all trips by bike, walking or public transit by 2020, the source reported.