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Mayor heading to climate summit

Calgary has a climate-change leadership story — and the mayor is headed overseas to tell it.

Calgary has a climate-change leadership story — and the mayor is headed overseas to tell it.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier, along with over 60 other world mayors — including the heads of Toronto and Vancouver — will attend the Copenhagen Climate Summit for mayors Dec. 13 to 17, and he’s intent on demonstrating our city’s leading role in curbing greenhouse-gas emissions.

“I think when you look at Calgary’s track record, we have a very good story to tell nationally and internationally in terms of the leadership role we have taken as a community to reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions,” Bronconnier said.

He will be speaking as a part of the “Clean Energy” panel, with mayors from Barcelona, Zurich, and Oslo to share Calgary’s green innovations.

Bronconnier pointed out the city’s operations are on track to reduce GHG emissions by 60 per cent from 1990 to 2012. He also highlighted projects such as the wind-powered LRT, 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2012 with Enmax, and the recent Calgary Climate Change Accord among the world’s energy cities.

The cost of the mayor’s trip is $13,000.

 
 
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