Groundbreaking C40 Research Proves Cities are Critical

With nearly all the world’s countries signing the Paris Agreement to fight climate change last month, there was also a growing recognition of the role cities are playing in this effort. Suffice it to say, 2015 was a big year for cities and climate change.

Relatedly, it was also a big year for the C40 Research team, which released several critical reports quantifying exactly where cities fit in the global climate equation, both today and in the future.

In July C40 released Powering Climate Action: Cities as Global Changemakers, a piece of research in concert with Arup and UCL that provides insight into the power that mayors have to implement solutions in their cities.

In the lead-up to and during the COP21 climate negotiations, C40 released a series of reports that outline the significance of cities’ central role in combatting climate change, especially over the next five years, before the Paris Agreement takes effect in 2020.

Taken together, these reports catalogue the broad landscape of climate actions cities have taken since the last major COP in Copenhagen, show that urban policy decisions over the next five years could determine up to a third of the planet’s remaining “un-locked” safe carbon budget, and finally, outline the potential action that remains to be taken, and indicate the challenges that need to be addressed in order to do so.