Session A1: Low emission development strategies: pathways to a low emission, green, and inclusive urban economy

An Urban Low Emission Development Strategy (Urban LEDS) is a pathway for cities to transition to a low emission, green and inclusive urban economy, through its integration into city development plans and processes. By exploring this, local governments can yield immediate, direct, cost effective and scalable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, while improving livelihoods for their citizens and businesses, also optimizing the use of local renewable energy and other resources.

Policy and technical support available to local governments – as part of ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities (GCC) program – will be briefly outlined, followed by the presentation of a range of approaches by local governments towards urban Low Emission Development (LEDS). This includes cases from the Urban-LEDS project jointly implemented by ICLEI and UN-Habitat (funded by the European Commission) in cities in emerging economies as well as interesting experiences from cities in various regions around the globe.

City representatives will provide examples of the process they engaged in for their low emission development transition, and provide advice to other cities seeking similar goals. The focus will also be on using a Measurable, Reportable, Verifiable (MRV) process to give confidence in the quality of climate action data, making this an ‘info-taining’ session, filled with valuable practical information for local and sub-national governments.

Envisaged outcomes
Participants will deepen their understanding of:

  • Opportunities offered to support local governments with their low emission development in the Global North and South, as offered in ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities program.
  • Inspiring examples of urban LEDS – from policy to reporting.
  • The Earth Hour City Challenge, as a way to stimulate competition between cities.
    The Urban-LEDS project, ICLEI’s climate change mitigation flagship project – a model for future developments, setting the stage for Urban-LEDS Phase 2.

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Low-Carbon City Development through Partnership in Kyoto
Yuichi Adachi, Director General, Environmental Policy Bureau, Kyoto City, Japan

Low Carbon City