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Urban Form and GHG Emissions: An Overview of Integrated Planning Tools

Created by Yu Na Chun
March 10, 2021 | 8:00 AM |


Over the next 30 years, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will critically depend on urban land use and infrastructure development actions taken across multiple sectors (buildings, energy, transportation, water-sanitation, and waste) in global cities. Integrated urban planning addresses a multiplicity of urban sustainability objectives (e.g., economy, environment, inclusivity, and resilience), including cross-sectoral and cross-scale linkages (Ramaswami et al. 2016) and connection of physical planning with social, cultural, behavior and policy dimensions.

This session will discuss the relationship between urban form and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and how the various elements of urban forum, including density, land use and the configuration of street networks can impact the carbon intensity of urban growth. It will also present the state of knowledge (science) and the state of practice (models actually used by cities for policy) for modeling the GHG mitigation benefits achievable through integrated urban planning.

Opening Remarks

Peter Ellis, Practice Manager, World Bank


Chandan Deuskar, Urban Development Consultant, World Bank

Xueman Wang, Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank

Anu Ramaswami, Professor, Princeton University

Panel Discussion

Alexandrina Platonova-Oquab, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank

Andrew Fang, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, USAID