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Resolutions - C7  G




COMMISSION MEMORANDUM

TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Raul J. Aguila, Interim City Manager 
DATE:February  10, 2021
 



SUBJECT:

A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE PLEDGES OF UNDER2 COALITION, AND THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE'S "CLIMATE NEUTRAL NOW "AND "RACE TO ZERO" CAMPAIGNS, AFFIRMING THE CITY'S PLEDGE TO SUPPORT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS WHILE PLANNING FOR THE CHALLENGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE.


RECOMMENDATION

The Administration recommends the adoption of the Resolution.

BACKGROUND/HISTORY

On December 9, 2020, the Mayor and City Commission referred a discussion regarding the Race to Zero and Under2 Coalition pledges to the Land Use and Sustainability Committee (LUSC). The item was sponsored by Commissioner Michael Gongora.

 

At the January 20, 2021 LUSC meeting, the Committee passed a motion with a favorable recommendation to adopt the Race to Zero, Under2 Coalition and United Nations (UN) Climate Change’s Climate Neutral Now pledges.

ANALYSIS

Less than half of Miami Beach residents are satisfied with the City’s efforts to be a green or sustainable city. Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an important step to increasing satisfaction. There are several pledges and commitments adopted by organizations to demonstrate their commitment towards becoming more sustainable and reducing their GHG emissions and mitigate climate change. The Race to Zero, Under2 Coalition and United Nations (UN) Climate Change’s Climate Neutral Now pledges are widely recognized commitments where organizations commit to GHG emissions reductions while planning for the challenges of climate change.

 

 

Under2 Coalition

The Under2 Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the goal of building a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Under2 Coalition brings together signatories and endorsers of the Under2 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), a climate agreement for subnational governments. Signatories to the MOU are required to provide information to support their commitment regarding emission reductions consistent with a trajectory of 80 to 95% below 1990 levels, by 2050, and/or achieving a per capita annual emission goal of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.

 

The information requested involves specific areas of action, including but not limited to:

o   Energy - share information and experience on redesign of the power supply and grid, technical solutions and advances in promoting large-scale switch to renewable energy and the integration of renewable energy sources, actions needed to ensure security of supply, and strategies to promote energy efficiency

o   Traffic and Transport - take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger and freight vehicles, with the goal of broad adoption of "zero emission vehicles” and development of related zero emission infrastructure

o   Natural Resource Protection and Waste Reduction - collaborate on methods to reduce emissions from the natural resources and waste sectors, which exist at the nexus of climate mitigation and adaptation activity

o   Science and Technology - collaborate and coordinate on scientific assessment efforts and share information in technology development and deployment

o   Communication and Public Participation - collaborate and coordinate on messaging, transparency, public outreach around climate change, mitigation of GHG emissions, adaptation, and the subject matter of this MOU

o   Short-lived Climate Pollutants - collaborate on the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants such as black carbon and methane, which will provide near-term air quality benefits, while also reducing potent climate forcing pollutants

o   Inventory, Monitoring, Accounting, Transparency: work towards consistent monitoring, reporting, and verification across jurisdictions, and will work through mechanisms such as the Compact of States and Regions and the Compact of Mayors to that end

 

Race to Zero

The Race to Zero is a global campaign from C40 to rally leadership and support for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon transition. C40 is a network of megacities across the world committed to addressing climate change.

 

By committing to the Race to Zero campaign, cities pledge to publicly endorse the following principles:

o   Recognize the global climate emergency

o   Keep global heating below the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement

o   Incorporate climate action at the center of urban decision-making, to create thriving and equitable communities

o   Help C40 deliver on science-based action to overcome it

o   Adopt a science-based emissions reduction target

o   Plan at least one inclusive and equitable climate action

o   Report progress annually beginning no later than 2022

 

Climate Neutral Now:

The United Nations Climate Change launched the Climate Neutral Now initiative in 2015 to encourage organizations, governments and citizens to work towards global climate neutrality by 2050 or earlier. By joining the initiative, organizations commit to the following immediate actions with the goal of accelerating the transformative change needed to reach global net zero GHG emissions:

o   Quantify GHG emissions

o   Develop a plan to reduce those emissions

o   Consider contributing to further emission reductions and sustainable development through credible carbon market mechanisms

 

All three of these pledges are consistent with the City’s existing emissions reduction goals. These additional pledges expand the City’s municipal network and provide access to resources. The Climate Group, C40, and UN are respected organization and by pledging to these commitments the City will join the ranks of other leading governments around the world.

SUPPORTING SURVEY DATA

Less than half of Miami Beach residents are satisfied with the City's efforts to be a green or sustainable city. 

CONCLUSION

The Administration recommends the adoption of the Resolution.

Applicable Area

Citywide
Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
Yes No 

Strategic Connection

Environment & Infrastructure - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and heat.
Legislative Tracking
Environment and Sustainability
Sponsor
Commissioner Michael Gongora and Co-sponsored by Commissioner Micky Steinberg

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