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Media release – Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, 14 December 2020 Lord Mayor of Hobart, Anna Reynolds, Appointed to the Board of the Global Covenant of Mayors Brussels, Belgium (14 December 2020) – Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy announced Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds of Hobart, Australia has […]

Media release – Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, 14 December 2020

Lord Mayor of Hobart, Anna Reynolds, Appointed to the Board of the Global Covenant of Mayors

Brussels, Belgium (14 December 2020) – Today, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy announced Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds of Hobart, Australia has been invited to join its Board of mayors and city leaders.

The Global Covenant Board leads the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, representing more than 10,000 cities around the world committed to addressing climate change.

The Board is co-Chaired by Michael R. Bloombergfounder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg LP and 108th Mayor of New York City, and Frans Timmermans, European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal.

Lord Mayor Reynolds’ appointment was announced alongside the appointment of Mayor Rosy Senanayake of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Lord Mayor Reynolds will be a voice for the thirty-seven GCoM cities located in Oceania, which are home to more than six million residents. Oceania has been devastated by the accelerating and worsening impacts of the climate emergency, including unprecedented bushfires and rising sea levels. Cities in the region have been vocal about the need for global action, and more than 100 local councils in Oceania have formally declared a climate emergency, including the city of Hobart.

“It is an honor to join the Board of the Global Covenant of Mayors and to sit with Mayors from cities around the world,” said Anna Reynolds, Lord Mayor of Hobart. “Cities are facing more frequent and severe climate change-induced disasters, and action has never been more urgent. Together, with the Global Covenant’s more than 10,000 mayors, we will work towards a green recovery that starts in cities.”

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In her role as a Global Covenant Board Member, Lord Mayor Reynolds hopes to help other local governments achieve climate goals by inspiring, supporting, and organising around ambitious action. Lord Mayor Reynolds will bring her extensive experience and insights on working with a variety of stakeholders to advance critical climate and resilience policies.

Under Mayor Reynolds’ leadership, Hobart has committed to becoming a zero emissions city. The Council has already reduced its emissions 87% below 2000 levels and will reduce its emissions by a further 20%. The City of Hobart will also achieve 100% net renewable electricity by 2040 and will work collaboratively with its residents and businesses over the next 2 years to set a city-wide zero emissions target. Hobart also has a target to see zero waste going into landfill by 2030, which will reduce city-wide emissions.

“We’re excited to welcome Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds and Mayor Rosy Senanayake to the board of the Global Covenant of Mayors,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors. “Cities are on the leading edge of the fight against climate change, and we value the ideas and perspectives of mayors from across the world. Lord Mayor Reynolds and Mayor Senanayake will be important voices on behalf of Oceania and South Asia, two areas that continue to be hit especially hard by the climate crisis. I look forward to working with them to lead the charge on city climate action.”

“Lord Mayor Reynolds and Mayor Senanayake are strong advocates for climate action in Oceania and South Asia, and we welcome them to the Global Covenant Board,” said Frans Timmermans, Co-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors and Executive Vice President for the European Green New Deal. “An inclusive and truly global approach to climate action is critical to properly address the climate crisis. I congratulate Lord Mayor Reynolds and Mayor Senanayake on their appointments and look forward to working together.”

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Lord Mayor Reynolds’ term on the Global Covenant Board begins on December 14, 2020.

About the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

GCoM is the largest global alliance for city climate leadership, uniting a global coalition of over 10,000 cities and local governments and 100+ supporting partners. The cities and partners of GCoM share a long-term vision of supporting voluntary action to combat climate change and towards a resilient and low-emission society. GCoM serves cities and local governments by mobilizing and supporting ambitious, measurable, planned climate and energy action in their communities by working with city/regional networks, national governments, and other partners to achieve our vision. Led today by Michael R. Bloomberg and European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, the coalition comprises cities across 6 continents and 139 countries, representing over 900 million people or more than 10% of the global population.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2020/12/hobart-mayor-reynolds-appointed-to-global-board/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hobart-mayor-reynolds-appointed-to-global-board

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