Blog » New Climate Economy Report (with separate studies) - What Are The Highlights For You?
New Climate Economy report, including working papers highlighting new models of better urban growth and improved transport systems, and provide real world examples of how cities can grow their economies while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. See also the chapter on Finance from the main report.
Would be interesting to highlight in this space which elements (including case-studies) from this report are of particular relevance to our community members.
One of the case-studies focuses on the city of Lima, which next week hosts global climate negotiations. Lima currently has over 7 million inhabitants and is one of the fastest growing cities in Latin America. Without further action it will see substantial increases in energy bills, which will be bad for the poor, and more greenhouse gas emissions, which will be bad for the climate.
Speaking before the summit, the Mayor of Lima Susana Villarán said: “The challenge of supporting economic growth and tackling climate change will be met in the world’s cities. Investing in public transport is good for citizens, good for business and good for the climate. This study shows that it is in the economic interest of the city and of its people to build better. Clear leadership is now needed to make this vision a reality.”
Research conducted for the Global Commission shows that through effective investments in transport Lima can reduce its carbon emissions by 15% by 2025 while saving citizens US$1.1 billion per annum in energy bills. If done well, these investments would be paid back in less than 3 years, building on the improvements already implemented in the city.
There is real potential for similar savings across major cities:
Progress is already being made around the world:
Business-as-usual urbanisation is creating huge economic and social costs: