City and industry reps on climate leadership and “100% renewable” plans ahead of COP21 climate conference in Paris

100% renewable media event photo 26-Nov-2015 Telus garden

Ian McKay, Andrea Goertz, Gregor Robertson, Colleen Giroux-Schmidt at media event. Photo credit: Devon Harlos.

Mayor Gregor Robertson, Ian McKay, the CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission, along with representatives from Telus and Innergex Renewable Energy came together at Telus Garden on Thursday, November 26th to discuss the Greenest City Action Plan and Renewable City Strategy ahead of the COP21 UN climate conference starting November 30 in Paris. Andrea Goertz from Telus and Colleen Giroux-Schmidt from Innergex presented on their companies’ support for these plans, while the mayor primarily discussed his plan for representing Vancouver in Paris.

Vancouver’s delegation to the climate talks in Paris will include: Mike Magee, Robertson’s Chief of Staff; Marnie McGregor, Director of Intergovernmental Relations; and Climate Policy Manager, Malcolm Shield. The Mayor estimates $15,000 in travel costs in addition to what is covered by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The Vancouver Economic Commission will also be sending delegates who are covering their own costs.

There will be five straight days of city-focused conferences that will present opportunities for Vancouver’s delegation to exchange information and best practices with other major cities. Multi-level talks between municipal, provincial and federal leaders will also take place within these days allowing for information sharing between levels of government.

Robertson hopes to use Vancouver’s economic growth as proof that a green economy can deliver results, both in terms of protecting the environment and creating jobs. He will have the opportunity to share this message to around 1000 other mayors invited to the event.

Story covered for CityHallWatch and contributed by Devon Harlos.

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Note: While praise is due where praise is earned, serious concerns and questions have been raised about the need for scrutiny of City officials’ claims about GHG emissions and renewable energy. Previous coverage on Post-Truth Vancouver here. To be continued in future posts.

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