Paris, London, Seoul to 'grade' cars based on emissions

Real-world fuel emissions testing will be introduced by London and Paris by 2017 to help score new cars based on how environmentally friendly they are, encouraging their uptake and reducing air pollution in cities.

The calls to "join forces" from Sadiq Kahn, the Mayor of London, and Anne Hidalgo, Paris' mayor - both Left-wingers - came after an aggressive campaign by the Right-wing head of the Paris region to "roll out the blue, white and red carpet" to new arrivals from the City of London.

"Never underestimate the incredible benefits to be found when major cities do business together".

The tourism agreement, which will launch in 2018, will focus on key drivers for worldwide visitors to both cities, such as culture and heritage, and combine the resources of VisitLondon.com and Parisinfo.com. "Our great friends in Paris and across the continent are well aware that working closely together remains to our mutual benefit".

The current chair of the C40 is Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. "We strongly believe that data transparency coupled with policy is the most effective way of encouraging auto companies to build vehicles with durable emission controls". All these initiatives will create employment, activity and economic growth.

A business unit is to be set up in the city hall promotional agency, London and Partners, and its French counterpart Paris&Co.

It will also help firms find access to working space, the local tech ecosystem and networking and discounted accommodation. Eurostar will also provide entrepreneurs with preferential rates on their services.

London receives more inward investment from Paris than any other global city, having attracted £2.6bn that has generated nearly 10,000 jobs in the last 10 years, according to City Hall.

"WPIC is very encouraged by the leadership being shown by London and Paris on the issue of air quality in cities".

"Our support for #LondonIsOpen will show millions of global passengers that London is the best place in the world to visit, to do business and to live".

  • Leroy Wright