Year in Review: C40 Makes Great Strides in Research Agenda

C40 Research initiatives have gone from strength to strength during the year 2013.

In June, C40 and longstanding partner CDP released new data confirming there are concrete economic and health benefits for those cities taking actions to manage their risks. The two organizations presented a set of three companion publications based on new climate change data from 110 global cities, including 53 C40 Cities, measuring and reporting their emissions, risks, and mitigation and adaptation actions:

  • Wealthier, Healthier Cities confirms that climate change actions are driving economic growth and increasing the quality of life and human health in urban areas;
  • Summary Report provides a global snapshot of the activities, challenges and opportunities facing cities as a result of climate change;
  • A dynamic and engaging infographic to make the data accessible to a broad audience.

C40 and CDP recently announced an expansion of their partnership, through a three-year, $4.1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The new funds will greatly enhance the existing CDP reporting platform and associated technical support for city governments, which will in turn help more cities disclose and leverage their data to implement climate actions, and deliver long-term results.

In April, C40 Research announced a new partnership with Siemens. The C40 and Siemens technical partnership is designed to help cities measure, plan, and mitigate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The C40 Research Measurement & Planning Initiative will convene C40 cities to facilitate the exchange of ideas and expertise and, through its partnership with Siemens, deploy technical assistance and local capacity building in C40 cities looking to develop greenhouse gas inventories and comprehensive city climate action plans.

Other top research highlights in 2013 include the progress C40 has made in developing the pilot version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC), launched in May 2012 in collaboration with partners ICLEI, the World Resources Institute and the Joint Work Programme of the Cities Alliance between the World Bank Group, UN-HABITAT and UNEP. The protocol establishes a tool that will provide a consistent and transparent system for cities to plan for and finance climate change action. This year, C40 and partners have established a global advisory committee and held 5 regional training sessions on the Protocol in the cities of Beijing, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, London and Sao Paolo. To date, the Protocol has been piloted in 35 global cities.

C40 also partnered with the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) on the development of a GHG abatement potential framework to be used in assessing the impact of various projects and policies being used by cities around the world. This work was published in the Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management Journal in July.

Also this year, the C40 Research team updated its analysis of Mayoral Powers to take local climate action, last assessed in 2011 and presented in the seminal report Climate Action in Megacities. The team is actively working with research partner ARUP on a second volume of the Climate Action in Megacities to be released at the upcoming C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg in February 2014.