Benefits Research Programme
Unlocking Climate Action
In order to meet the challenges posed by global warming, cities need to take bold action at large scale. C40 supports cities in making the case for climate action by harnessing the wider benefits on health, equity, economy and security – in areas such as energy, transport, building, urban planning and adaptation. From green jobs and growth, to active and happier lives with cleaner air and water, climate actions have an immediate and tangible impact on people’s lives.
Building on two years of work funded by Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. and conducted in collaboration with BuroHappold, C40 benefits research has identified a set of priority actions that cities can take to tackle climate change and air pollution simultaneously, placing the transport, buildings and industry sectors at the top of the list. The research, shows that if C40’s 96-member cities take the ambitious actions outlined to achieve clean transport, buildings and industry, in combination with a decarbonised grid, the resulting benefits would include: an 87% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions, a 49% reduction in PM2.5 levels, 223,000 premature deaths averted and up to $583 billion in economic benefit.
- Thought Leadership Study Toward a Healthier World and see the Methodological Report
- Twenty-five participating C40 cities have trialled the methodology and proposed ambitious measures for the transport, buildings and energy sectors that tackle both air pollution and GHG emissions. Discover their story: Toward a Healthier World - Connecting the Dots Between Climate, Air Quality and Health - and see the Appendices
Case studies 2019-2020
- Rio de Janeiro - Electrification of the Bus Fleet: Technical Assistance Report
- Lima - Switching restaurant cooking stoves to more efficient technology: Technical Assistance Report (English / Spanish)
- Lima - Pedestrianisation of the Historic Center: Technical Assistance Report (English / Spanish)
- Toronto - Electrification of the Bus Fleet: Technical Assistance Report (soon)
- Toronto - Electrification of the Passenger Cars: Technical Assistance Report (soon)
- Addis Ababa - Setting vehicle standards: Technical Assistance Report (soon)
Case studies 2018
- Chennai - Electrifying the Growing Bus Fleet: Technical Assistance Report
- Mexico City - Regulating Industrial Emissions: Technical Assistance Report
- Quito - Upgrading the Municipal Bus Fleet from Diesel to Electric: Technical Assistance Report
- Venice - City-Wide Low-Emissions Action: Technical Assistance Report
- Ho Chi Minh City - Upgrading the Bus Fleet from Diesel to CNG / Promoting the Uptake of E-bikes: Technical Assistance Report
- Quezon City - Enforcement of Vehicle Emissions Regulations: Technical Assistance Report
- Durban - Regulating Industrial Emissions: Technical Assistance Report
Case Studies 2017
- Paris - Fossil-Free Zone: Technical Assistance Report
- Santiago - Replacing Wood-Burning Stoves: Technical Assistance Report
- Johannesburg - Electrification of Informal Settlements: Technical Assistance Report
- Salvador - Upgrading the Municipal Bus Fleet: Technical Assistance Report
- Methodology Downloadable here
How many lives will an individual climate action save? How many new jobs will a building retrofit project result in? How will an improved building standard affect urban residents’ health, well-being and productivity? As the construction sector transitions towards zero carbon buildings, knowing the impact of those climate actions on health and the economy is critical to making better policy choices, and for convincing a wide range of urban stakeholders that the high upfront cost of retrofitting buildings is worthwhile.
To support cities in this process, this report introduces a methodology and toolkit to enable cities to quantify the benefits from deep retrofit projects, and presents results from three cities which piloted it to estimate the benefits from their programmes. The tool was developed by C40 Cities with technical input from BuroHappold and University College London, and funding from the ROCKWOOL Group.
- Multiple Benefits of Building Retrofits Report (English / Chinese)
- Case Studies: New York City Schools, Copenhagen Schools and Milan residential buildings (English / Chinese)
- C40 Multiple Benefits of Building Retrofits Tool (English / Chinese)
- Methodology and Guidance booklet (English)
- Frequently Asked Questions (English)
Walking and Cycling
The Benefits of Walking and Cycling research is built upon three years of forward-thinking work with Novo Nordisk, supporting 18 C40 cities to provide the evidence base for the health, economic and climate benefits of walking and cycling. Working with the C40 Walking & Cycling Network, we are translating the outcomes from our leading research into a cutting edge, easy-to-use tool, to empower cities to measure the benefits in their own cities, along with additional resources and case studies to provide additional context to this work.
- Lima 2020 - Pedestrianisation of the Historic Center Case Study (English / Spanish)
- Mexico 2019 - City Massive Bike Parking Facilities Case Study
- Bengaluru 2018 - Tender Sure Case Study
- Rotterdam 2019 - Superblock Oude Westen Case Study
- Houston 2018 - Summary Results and Full Report
Piloting a Global Approach to Benefits Measurement
This report presents initial findings from piloting a global approach to benefits measurement. C40, in partnership with Novo Nordisk and Ramboll, undertook ground breaking research to develop and test a standard approach to measuring the benefits of climate action.