Mayors and their Municipalities – Responsibility & Power to Act

Mayors and their municipalities have the powers and levers to reduce carbon emissions. They control the development of land, have housing powers, regulate transport and often manage public transport systems. They have varying degrees of responsibility for the collection and processing of waste and have responsibility for other environmental infrastructure such as energy and water. They own and manage buildings and vehicle fleets. Significantly, they have huge purchasing power. They are able to form partnerships with private interests as well as mobilizing and coordinating community action.
[http://www.managenergy.tv/me_portal/mst/home (go to this link – click – view interview – Nicky Gavron – Energy Week: The Covenant of Mayors]
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