Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

General

Name of initiative Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address https://carbonneutralcities.org/
Related initiatives
Starting year 2015
End year
Secretariat Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), e-mail: johannapartin@usdn.org
Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)
Type of lead organisation International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation United States of America

Description

Description Cities striving for carbon neutrality recognize that averting the worst impacts of climate change will require cutting GHG emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Because urban areas account for nearly three-quarters of humanity's emissions, reaching this goal will depend in large part on our ability to reimagine and reinvent cities in ways that promote economic prosperity, social equity, enhanced quality of life, and climate resilience.

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA or “Alliance”) aims to address what it will take for leading international cities to achieve these deep emissions reductions and how they can work together to meet their respective goals more efficiently and effectively.

Objectives
Activities Developing Carbon Neutrality Planning Standards – Developing approaches, analysis, and tools to support carbon neutrality; standardizing measurement and verification methodologies for tracking progress.

•Advancing “Transformative Change” in Key Urban Sectors – Sharing and implementing best practices for achieving “transformative” deep carbon reduction strategies in urban transportation, energy use, and waste systems. •Advocating for Policy Change – Identifying and advocating for policies at the state, regional, and federal levels to reduce emission sources not controlled directly by cities and engaging with other external stakeholders who are critical to cities’ success. •Speaking with a Common Voice – Helping CNCA cities demonstrate their leadership and communicate with a common voice. •Creating a CNCA “Innovation Fund” – Investing in high-potential, city-led projects that develop, test, implement, and amplify deep de-carbonization strategies and practices (currently funded at $500,000). •Increasing Alliance Impact – Sharing Alliance learnings with a broader audience to benefit the “next wave” of cities striving for carbon neutrality.

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Implementation, Funding
Activity of initiative Technical operational implementation (ex-post), Goal setting (ex-ante), Financing
Indicators
Financing — Funds disbursed
Year2018
Value (MUS$)2,4
Goals Cities striving for carbon neutrality recognize that averting the worst impacts of climate change will require cutting GHG emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Because urban areas account for nearly three-quarters of humanity's emissions, reaching this goal will depend in large part on our ability to reimagine and reinvent cities in ways that promote economic prosperity, social equity, enhanced quality of life, and climate resilience.

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA or “Alliance”) aims to address what it will take for leading international cities to achieve these deep emissions reductions and how they can work together to meet their respective goals more efficiently and effectively.

Comments on indicators and goals To date, the Alliance has invested $2.4 million in 27 early-stage innovation projects targeting transportation, energy-supply, buildings, and waste systems.
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals
How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting

Participants

Participants Number Names
Members 20  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 20 Adelaide (Australia),  Berlin (Germany),  Boston MA (USA),  Boulder CO (USA),  Copenhagen (Denmark),  London (United Kingdom),  Melbourne (Australia),  Minneapolis MN (USA),  New York City NY (USA),  Oslo (Norway),  Portland OR (USA),  Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),  San Francisco CA (USA),  Seattle WA (USA),  Stockholm (Sweden),  Sydney (Australia),  Toronto (Canada),  Vancouver (Canada),  Washington DC (USA),  Yokohama (Japan)
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 6 The Kresge Foundation (USA),  (Barr Foundation (USA),  Buillitt Foundation (USA),  MacArthur Foundation (USA),  Rockefeller Brothers Fund (USA),  The Summit Foundation (USA).
Number of members in the years
2018
20
Have only national states as participators No


Theme

Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 25 September 2019 11:11:56

Not only have national states as participators