Today Arup, the C40 and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a project of the William J. Clinton Foundation, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will see Arup support the two organisations in helping the world's largest cities continue to tackle climate change.
Using its Sustainable Integrated Development approach which addresses the interdependency of land use, energy, waste, water, transport, agriculture, economics and sociology - Arup will deliver workshops aimed at developing each city's carbon reduction programmes.
Toronto will be the first city to benefit from the agreement through an initial workshop due to take place in September 2009. A further five cities will be given the opportunity to participate in the programme over the next two years. Tailor made research will underpin each workshop, with topics chosen by the city Mayor.
Arup will also offer ongoing strategic and technical advice to the C40 and support CCI' s Climate Positive Development programme. Arup is providing its services to the C40 and CCI by partnering with organisations that practice sustainability and enable the exchange of ideas and promotion of sustainability leadership.
David Miller Mayor of Toronto and Chair of the C40 said: "We believe that Arup's expertise on sustainable integrated development can be of great benefit to the C40 cities in further reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cities account for over 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions and we welcome Arup's support, as the battle to fight climate change will be won or lost in our cities."
Arup Chairman, Philip Dilley comments: "Thanks to the C40 and the CCI, positive measures to reduce carbon emissions are already underway, yet even greater results could be achieved with a more coordinated approach to low-carbon city development.
Arup is well versed in addressing the complex interdependency of factors in the built environment. We can use this knowledge to assist cities in developing integrated solutions that maximize efficiency and reduce the potentially harmful effects of climate change."