City officials can be bombarded with advice from constituents, advocates, experts, and consultants, representing various agendas and perspectives. But when faced with a challenge, one valuable type of advice is often forgotten: insight from another megacity official who has been in the same position. Such experience can help city officials perform their jobs faster, better, and smarter.
C40 Networks facilitate knowledge transfer and peer-to-peer exchange between individual city staff members responsible for implementation with the aim of sharing challenges, opportunities and best practices. Networks can also provide a platform for joint problem solving.
C40 helps establish regular communication for participating city officials through virtual exchange and in-person gatherings, and enables direct access to vital resources such as research, analytical tools, funding or financing, and technical expertise.
When this happens – when Networks connect city officials – the planet benefits.
Networks are dynamic and nimble, responding to the changing needs and priorities of participating cities. C40 has established a data-driven approach to identify and launch networks, ensuring that resources are strategically deployed by mapping city priorities to focus areas with the greatest potential GHG and climate risk impact. Based on the outcomes of this analysis, C40’s efforts are focused into seven overarching initiative areas and associated networks that allow for support and collaboration among and between C40 cities. In most cases networks are chaired by a C40 city, with support from C40 staff.
Supporting cities around the world in introducing, improving and transforming Bus Rapid Transit systems
Equiping and empowering C40 cities to accelerate the implementation of globally accepted best practice sustainable urban planning strategies for district-scale new build and regeneration projects by providing Cities an urban laboratory of cutting edge large-scale development projects that achieve net-negative emissions
Building climate resilient cities through best practice understanding and prioritization of climate change risks
Supporting delta cities active in the field of climate change related spatial development, water management, and adaptation
Mitigating the urban heat island effect in cities through integration of cool roofs and pavements
Accelerating the uptake of district heating and cooling systems to improve efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions
Consistent measurement of emissions is the first step in being able to assess the emissions reduction impact of city action.
Accelerating investment and job creation in the sustainability sector; encouraging the growth of green enterprise districts or clusters; and quantifying the economic benefit of climate action
Focused on areas of municipal action critical for facilitating the uptake of low-emission vehicles in cities
Providing cities with the necessary tools, best practices, and support mechanisms to facilitate higher quality annual data gathering and reporting
Supporting city efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings they own and manage
Supporting city efforts to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial and residential buildings
Financing solutions for sustainable urban infrastructure, including innovative financing approaches for energy, buildings, transportation, waste, water, and other city infrastructure priorities
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the municipal solid waste sector through improved comprehensive planning and targeted implementation strategies
Enabling cities to work together on policies and programmatic approaches to support environmentally sustainable, district scale, new build developments and regeneration projects
Supporting cities to become more compact and connected by minimizing vehicle kilometres traveled and increasing citizens’ access to public transportation and economic activity
Moving cities from waste management towards resource management by focusing on upper waste hierarchy actions like avoidance, reduction, reutilisation and recovery