Cities and Communities
Access to capital and innovative financing mechanisms is often a critical enabler for initiatives. Cities have an important role to play creating or expanding financing options and improving access to such financing, both for city-led projects (i.e., public sector) and for those projects that initiate on the private sector side.
Cities must sustain the people within them, while also properly managing their biological resources through responsible agriculture, forestry, and other land-uses while reducing waste and curbing emissions.
Industry is responsible for 7% of carbon emissions in major cities. Solutions exist that can enable cities to cut these emissions, while also promoting business and manufacturing.
The built environment is responsible for nearly 50 percent of all GHG emissions in large cities. So any carbon-free commitment must address building energy use.
The Carbon-Free City Handbook reveals 22 actions—and associated resources—for cities globally to move toward climate-neutrality and see results within a year.