Miami Beach Joins UN Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Pledges
(Miami Beach, FL) Feb 10, 2021 -
The City of Miami Beach continues its unwavering commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate some of the threats related to climate change. Today, the city passed a resolution to adopt the pledges of Race to Zero, Under2 Coalition and the United Nations Climate Change’s Climate Neutral Now, which lay out specific initiatives to help combat the global climate emergency.
“It’s important to acknowledge the major role cities and local governments play towards achieving GHG reduction goals,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “As a global urban leader, this is a significant step in strengthening our policies.”
These pledges also expand the city’s municipal network and provide access to additional resources.
“Miami Beach has been a leader in addressing climate change and sea level rise by amending building and land development codes, completing annual citywide GHG emissions inventory and implementing other innovative strategies that enhance our city’s overall resiliency,” shared Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Góngora, who sponsored the resolution.
The city is developing a comprehensive climate action plan, which includes setting GHG emissions reduction targets. By joining the pledges of the Under2 Coalition, United Nations Climate Change’s “Race to Zero” and “Climate Neutral Now” campaigns, the city will apply certain principles to keep global heating below the 1.5 degree Celsius ( 2.7 degree Fahrenheit) goal of the Paris Agreement, incorporate climate action at the center of urban decision-making and integrate a science-based emissions reduction target plan.
“Miami Beach is joining major cities from around the world to continue to pledge to uphold the commitments to the Paris Climate Accord,” added Environment & Sustainability Director Elizabeth Wheaton. “I am excited that Miami Beach is accelerating our planning efforts and moving to implementation of high-impact programs and policies to address GHG emissions.”