Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Parker to Participate in First U.S./China Climate Summit in L.A.

September 14, 2015 -- Mayor Annise Parker today announced that she will be among the U.S. mayors and governors joining Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a delegation of Chinese subnational leaders at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit to be held in Los Angeles September 15-16, 2015. The Summit is the first official convening of U.S. and Chinese subnational leaders on climate change under the Climate Change Working Group and represents a key opportunity to galvanize climate action before December’s United Nations climate conference in Paris.

“Cities are on the frontlines of battling the extreme weather caused by climate change,” said Mayor Parker. “Mayors are helping lead the way to find solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and I’m proud to join other leading U.S. mayors and Chinese leaders at this historic convening.”

During the Summit, leading cities from both countries will be sharing climate commitments and best practices and discussing objectives in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global climate change. Outcomes from the Summit will be discussed at the State Visit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, DC the following week.

The Summit results from the historic joint climate announcement by Presidents Obama and Xi last November in which the U.S. committed to reduce its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, and China committed to peak CO2 emissions around 2030. That announcement also launched a U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Initiative to respond to growing urbanization and increasingly significant greenhouse gas emissions from cities.

The Summit in Los Angeles marks the first effort of that initiative and will bring together local leaders from both countries for a multiple-day conference featuring a high-level plenary at which leaders will declare their resolve, ambition, and actions; working-level technical exchanges to share experience and best practices; and an exhibition to engage the private sector.

Mayor Parker’s participation in the Summit builds on her continued commitment to fighting global climate change in Houston. Due to the mayor’s leadership, Houston is on track to meet a near-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent by 2016. She also set a long-term reductions goal of 80 percent by 2050. Mayor Parker is committed to continuing Houston’s leadership as the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the nation, with 50 percent of the City’s energy coming from renewable sources and a 30 megawatt solar project scheduled for approval in 2015. The City of Houston is also implementing the largest LED streetlight conversion in the nation, helping the City meet stringent energy efficiency goals.

Citizens can follow the action at the summit by following #ClimateCities, #ClimateMayors and #USChina. More information about the summit can be found here: http://www.lamayor.org/climatesummit2015.