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 AND ANALYSIS
EnergySource Jul 11, 2023
How cities can drive the energy transition in the Western Hemisphere
By Maia Sparkman, Willow Fortunoff
Expanding access to critical minerals and increasing manufacturing capacity is at the top of the Biden administration’s decarbonization agenda. Mayors, who have shown their ability to deliver on domestic investment projects, have begun exploring opportunities for international collaboration.
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.
EnergySource Jul 3, 2019
Urbanization and the growing demand for cooling in a warming climate: Buildings as a critical resource
By Robert F. Ichord
One of the key drivers of increasing global electricity demand is urbanization. New technologies and investment are critical to keep urban areas cool.
LIVE WITH THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL
At the Cities Summit in Denver, our team interviewed government officials, private sector executives, and other thought leaders to discuss the role of cities in the Western Hemisphere to support the green energy transition.
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.