April 01, 2017
March 01, 2017
Xiaotian Fu, Lijin Zhong, Vijay Jagannathan and Wanli Fang
An estimated 70 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions come from cities. Rapid urbanization is expected to continue, intensifying even further the energy use in the cities. Yet there is also an opportunity. Cities are also where the greatest energy efficiencies can take place. Learn more about how cities are tackling climate change – with innovative approaches to improving city management and service delivery, to encouraging green growth.
The C40 Infrastructure Interdependencies + Climate Risks Report summarizes the efforts of a sample of city governments and other public agencies around the world to understand the cascading impacts of climate change on interconnected infrastructure systems at the urban scale. It highlights how the identification of infrastructure interdependencies and climate impacts can serve as a first step in reducing risks to systems.
In recognition of the importance of public finance, the global community has established several “climate funds.” These funds are designed to disburse funding to developing countries to help meet the cost of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Capitalized primarily by developed countries, the funds also serve as recognition of the greater historic responsibility these countries have for current atmospheric greenhouse gases.
The climate finance architecture—the system of specialized, public funds that help countries implement climate mitigation and adaptation projects and programs—is crucial if the world is to meet the climate change challenge. Over the past 25 years, many national, regional and international climate funds have been created. Each new fund responded to needs and gaps that existed at the time, but this has led to a rather complex system.
The Transport Emissions & Social Cost Assessment is a project under the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable and Livable Cities Program, funded by the Caterpillar Foundation. The project aims to develop a methodology guide, with a simple MS Excel– based tool, to estimate transport emissions inventories and evaluate the associated social impact costs.