Recognizing the ability of cities around the world to advance critical and synergistic decarbonization solutions, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center convenes workshops and conducts research to gain an understanding of how cities can directly combat climate change through innovative and integrated approaches to reaching net-zero emissions.
Cities play a critical role in influencing decarbonization efforts by leveraging local leadership to decarbonize transportation, retrofit buildings, influence behavior change to adapt to a low-carbon future, and more. Through these efforts, cities serve as important case studies that highlight best practices in decarbonization, with an eye toward scaling policies to the national and international level. By instituting incentives, policies, and unlocking innovative funding mechanisms, cities can play a critical role in reducing emissions and supporting efforts to mitigate climate change and lead the way to a low-carbon future.
Commentary & Analysis
Unlocking the potential of net-zero cities
The Atlantic Council works with its experts to analyze the role cities play in the energy transition and decarbonization efforts.
EnergySource Mar 6, 2023
Recap: Alliance for Green Cities launch event
By Global Energy Center
The new Alliance for Green Cities is focused on enhancing climate action at the municipal level. It encourages cities to play an active role in promoting a clean energy transition.
Report Jan 18, 2021
Mapping green innovation ecosystems: Evaluating the success factors for the world’s leading greentech-innovation centers
By Peter Engelke, Margaret Jackson, Randolph Bell
Enabling current and future generations to mitigate climate change requires the urgent creation and scaling up of technologies that minimize and reverse the impact of human activities on the environment. The ecosystems that foster innovation in green technologies, and the success factors that enable these ecosystems, must be better understood in order to replicate them around the world.
The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.
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