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A New Coalition Will Prove Sustainable Cities Are Better for Growth, Better for Climate

Cities are all about efficiency. It’s why they exist: to allow easy access to jobs, goods, services and ideas. However, in many countries, new and expanding cities are sprawling, car-dependent and uncoordinated – a set-up that’s not only inefficient, but carbon-intensive.

Thankfully, a new vision for sustainable urban growth is spreading, emphasizing the economic and environmental benefits of compact, connected and coordinated cities. More efficient urban growth can drive a productive, equitable economy while limiting traffic accidents, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Wide consensus is forming among national and local leaders, who understand the economic case for an urban transition. But while we have agreed on a better vision for future cities, what remains to be seen is the “how” of the transition.

Video: WRI President & CEO Andrew Steer Congratulates C40 on 10th Anniversary

World Resources Institute President & CEO Andrew Steer congratulates C40 on 10 years of results. World Resources Institute has been a knowledge partner with C40 for many years. Notably, the two organisations worked together to help establish the Global Protocol for Community-Scale greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), the gold standard for emissions measurement used in the Compact of Mayors. C40 and World Resources Institute look forward to continuing their work together to further city climate action on the Road to Paris and beyond.