New LSE Reports Show Value of Smart Growth

LSE Cities, a programme of the London School of Economics, recently published a series of three reports that demonstrate how cities are vital in achieving sustainable economic growth and climate action on a global scale.

These studies, which form the basis of the cities chapter in the New Climate Economy Report Better Growth, Better Climate, show that a group of fewer than 500 cities has the potential to contribute more than 60 percent of global GDP growth until 2030.

The three NCE Cities reports can be found here:

Together, these reports outline the challenges that arise from poorly planned or unstructured urban growth and sprawl, which range from high economic costs of transport, to significantly greater carbon emissions, to reduced city efficiency.

The New Climate Economy report – a flagship publication from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate – demonstrates the economic opportunity of decoupling economic growth from emissions growth, and sets out a ten-point action plan for governments and businesses to secure better growth in a low-carbon economy. C40’s chair Mayor Eduardo Paes, and Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, both served on the Global Commission.

To read all the reports, click here.

For an LSE report on the City of Copenhagen, click here.

For an LSE report on the City of Stockholm, click here.