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The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) is currently underway in Bonn, Germany and it has many local and regional leaders from various parts of the world agreeing to more ambitious climate change goals by 2050. Buenos Aires is among 25 cities which launched their environmentally-friendly plans to be “carbon-neutral” over the next 30 plus years.

During the COP23, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), of which Buenos Aires is a member, met to discuss the ways to globally combat greenhouse gas emissions. The C40 objective is to stop global warming by 2 degrees Celsius by 2050.

Suggested targets for lessening the effects of global warming are as followed: increase in renewable energy usage, sustainable mobility, improvement of energy efficient buildings, and waste management systems. Since signing the Paris Agreement, Buenos Aires has transitioned traffic and street lights to LED lights, and positioned solar energy systems in public buildings and on the Metrobus.

Argentine Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development Sergio Bergman was also present at COP23 and stated he intends on addressing three issues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country: improvements on energy efficiency with household appliances, prioritizing railways for transportation, and livestock management in forests.

Argentina was one of the first countries to join the Paris Agreement in September 2016. At the time, the country pledged to cut emissions 15 percent by 2030. Official figures have indicated that Buenos Aires has already reduced 3 percent of projected greenhouse gas emissions. The Macri administration has also taken strides with its Ministry of Energy and Mining’s RenovAR energy program which will pivot focus to renewable energies through 2025.