Towns and cities must boost local actions to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. Three URBACT cities show how…
COP26, the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference,
is on its way. In November, governments from around the world will
gather in Glasgow (UK) to reaffirm their commitment to tackling climate
change. Meanwhile, without waiting for the next COP, many URBACT cities
have already been developing their own strategies, activities, and
partnerships to move towards greater integration and transversality in
their local climate policies.
Cities are the level at which most emissions are recorded. The world’s cities consume 60–80% of natural resources(link is external), producing 50% of global waste and 75% of greenhouse gas emissions. And this is set to increase:75% of EU citizens(link is external) live in urban areas; 66% of the world’s(link is external) population is expected to live in cities by 2050; and cities’ global carbon footprint is predicted to triple by 2030. As a result, an estimated 93% of cities face threats such as floods, storms and heatwaves, and although many are taking action to improve resilience, up to 400 million people(link is external) could be living in cities with no plan to tackle climate by 2030.