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Focused acceleration: A strategic approach to climate action in cities to 2030

  • Author(s)/Creator(s):
    Desiree Bernhard
    Michele Bertoncello
    Alex Brotschi
    Lia Cairone
    Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez
    Robert Cervero
    Flavio Coppola
    David Craven
    Andrea Fernandez
    David Frankel
    Bhavin Gandhi
    Anna Gressel-Bacharan
    Clare Healy
    Max Jamieson
    Laura Jay
    Sean Kane
    Kate Laing
    Nicholas Laverty
    Julia Lipton
    Timo Möller
    Eric Morden
    Jesse Noffsinger
    Dickon Pinner
    Angelos Platanias
    Matt Rogers
    Josh Rosenfield
    Caterina Sarfatti
    Lucila Spotorno
    Zachary Tofias
    Andreas Tschiesner
    Helga Vanthournout
    Amy Wagner
    Caroline Watson
    Jonathan Woetzel
    Katherine Wolosz
    and Hong Xia
  • Publisher(s)/Producter(s):
    McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, C40 Cities

There is now widespread recognition in the international community that the commitments made by national governments under the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 cannot be achieved without concerted action by cities. Fortunately, many mayors have shown strong commitment to tackling climate change and a willingness to collaborate to achieve this goal. C40 Cities, a network of mayors of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, responded to the Paris Agreement by publishing an analysis—Deadline 20201 —of the emissions-reduction pathway their cities would need to achieve to play their part in keeping global average temperature rise within “safe” limits (below 1.5°C). As individual C40 cities now increase the ambition of their climate plans accordingly, our new report, Focused acceleration: A strategic approach to climate action in cities to 2030, takes that work a stage further by analyzing the biggest opportunities for cities to accelerate the reduction of their carbon emissions.. This document provides a short overview of the four action areas—power,
buildings, mobility, and waste management. A subsequent high-level look at how cities
may differ in their approach to capturing these opportunities serves as a prelude to
the full discussion in the body of the report.

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