Minister Mansveld collaborates with American and Canadian states in tackling climate change

During the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Canada, agreements have been made between “non-state actors”, such as cities, states and regions, regarding the approach to climate change. Minister Mansveld spoke with various leaders, including former Vice-President Al Gore (US), former President Felipe Calderon (Mexico), Prime Minister Kathleen Wynne and Glen Murray (Ontario), Governor Jerry Brown and Matt Rodriquez (California), and Prime Minister Eman (Aruba). The main topics were ways to link carbon pricing networks in the Americas and Europe, and the further promotion of sustainable transport and Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs).

In the months ahead, dozens of North American, South American and Canadian states as well as European regions will endorse a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at reducing global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees. Minister Mansveld: ‘I will support this Under2MOU initiative and recommend it to provincial authorities in the Netherlands.’

Ms Mansveld was impressed by the initiatives taken by various states and cities. Rather than waiting for international agreements, they have set to work and are making great progress in the field of sustainable transport and energy. These are the fields in which the Netherlands will be intensifying collaboration.

This is in keeping with the Dutch input in Paris (COP21), where we will be making a case for sustainable transport and involving cities, regions and the business community in tackling climate change.

Following a visit to North America’s largest revitalisation location, the Toronto Waterfront, Minister Mansveld spoke about adjusting urban development to extreme weather situations resulting from climate change. This also offers concrete opportunities for the Dutch business community. The Toronto development company has been invited to a seminar on water and area development, to be held in the Netherlands from 20 to 24 September.