The co-benefits of climate action: Accelerating city-level ambition

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September 3, 2020

Cities are at the forefront of the climate emergency. Home to over half the world’s population and accounting for up to 70% of global emissions, cities have a vital role to play in the transition to a resilient and low carbon future. By taking actions to cut emissions and reduce vulnerabilities, cities and their citizens can gain multiple co-benefits from climate action.

Our new report, produced in partnership with the CDP and the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, looks at the additional benefits that climate action delivers, and how cities can utilise these in their decision-making processes.

Climate policies that promote co-benefits (that tackle climate change whilst also delivering on other priorities) can bolster support from local stakeholders, increasing the likelihood that they will be approved by decision makers.

Co-benefits include cleaner air, the creation of green jobs, improved public health from active travel, and can support biodiversity due to the expansion of green space.