Amsterdam, Austin, Berlin, Jakarta and Liverpool commit to rid fossil fuels from city streets by 2030

London, UK September 18, 2019 –  Amsterdam, Netherlands; Austin, USA; Berlin, Germany; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Liverpool, UK have today announced ambitious targets to make their cities healthier, greener and more prosperous. The mayors of these cities have committed to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025, and ensure a major area of the city is zero emission by 2030.

34 cities worldwide are now committed to the C40 Green and Healthy Streets Declaration – where the total number of buses in all 34 cities is now at 121,490. This is an increase of over 40,000 buses in just the last year. The total population benefitting from the introduction of new buses, in all 34 cities, is at least 165.5 million.

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By making this commitment the five cities have declared their intention to transform a major area of the city into a place free from fossil fuel vehicles by creating and improving public spaces, urban parks and streets, developing public transport, bicycle infrastructure and adopting exclusively zero emission buses.

These strategies are designed to combat air pollution, improve the quality of life of all residents of the cities and take new actions to protect the climate.

If all C40 cities meet the commitments of the Green & Healthy Streets Declaration and encourage more people out of their cars, it would potentially prevent more than 45,000 premature deaths each year.

The Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema said:
“As transport is an area where the city can control emissions sources, it makes sense to focus on this. Amsterdam is undergoing a vast growth in population and in visitors between now and 2025, which presents challenges. However, Amsterdam has always been a city which embraces change: social change, cultural change and technological change. It will need a combination of all three to make the city’s vision for emission free mobility a reality. We will need a cultural and social shift so that citizens are aware of the impact of their transport choices.”

Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler said:
“As the center of a metro area that grows by more than one hundred people per day, Austin is committed to making the goals of the C40 Green and Healthy Street Declaration part of our strategic transportation planning. The city’s growth creates an urgent need for better mass transit options and makes now the right time to plan for transit solutions that use energy resources wisely and pollute less.”

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller said:
Berlin is in the midst of a spirited debate on what the mobility of the future will look like. The challenge here is to take into consideration the interests of everyone involved and to create excitement about new mobility solutions. Berlin was also the first city in Germany to adopt a Mobility Act. This legislation lays the foundation for climate-friendlier, safer, and more efficient transportation in our city.

Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan said:
“Jakarta faces significant air quality problems with vehicular pollution one of the leading causes of this. Our vision is to transform Jakarta away from a traffic dominated, congested and polluted city to a world leader in public and sustainable transport, where residents and visitors feel that using public transport is safe, sustainable and comfortable.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:
“This is a key step towards our ambition to becoming a zero carbon city by 2040. Working with other mayors and leaders through UK100 and C40 we are determined to play our part in tackling climate change and air pollution. As part of a £172m fund for Liverpool, we will see new jobs and investment, making our community cleaner, greener and healthier.”

>From next year, Liverpool City Region will be the first place in the North of England to trial hydrogen buses following a successful £6.4 million bid to the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The project will potentially see up to 25 hydrogen–powered buses on the streets of the Liverpool City Region, emitting nothing but water from the exhaust pipe, and will contribute to the city region’s plans both to improve air quality and work towards a zero carbon economy by 2040.
Signatories to C40’s Green and Healthy Streets Declaration “envision a future where walking, cycling, and shared transport are how the majority of citizens move around our cities.” The cities who join sign up to:

  • Increase rates of walking, cycling and the use of public and shared transport.
  • Reduce the number of polluting vehicles on city streets.
  • Lead by example by procuring zero emission vehicles for city fleets.
  • Collaborate with partners, fleet operators and businesses to accelerate the shift to zero emissions vehicles and reduce vehicle miles in cities.

Along with Amsterdam, Austin, Berlin, Jakarta and Liverpool the pledge is now signed by 34 cities including Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, Seattle, Auckland & Cape Town.

Cities will report back every two years on the progress they are making towards the goals of the C40 Declaration.

The announcement comes ahead of the C40 World Mayors Summit, where more than 50 mayors will gather next month to showcase innovative climate solutions pioneered by the world’s largest and most influential cities. Led by Lord Mayor Frank Jensen of Copenhagen and C40 Chair and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, speakers include climate leaders Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles.

The Summit will bring together elected officials, business executives, youth leaders, and citizens to commit to more ambitious climate action and accelerate the global movement for healthier, more livable communities.