Summary of The Economic Case for Low Carbon Cities

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Lowering cities’ carbon emissions would be a crucial contribution to fighting climate change. But are low-carbon development models financially viable for cash-strapped cities? The Stockholm Environment Institute has prepared a report based on several studies of cities in both developing and developed countries. Yes, it argues, reducing emissions can be cost-neutral or even save cities money. getAbstract recommends this analysis to environmentalists, policy makers and ecofriendly investors. 

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The Stockholm Environment Institute is an independent international research organization that has been engaged in environment and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels for more than 25 years.



Sustainable urban development requires economically attractive low-carbon development measures. Researchers developed a list of region-specific, low-carbon measures for five cities and estimated their carbon savings (compared with business-as-usual, or BAU, levels) and economic effects. Apart from reducing the cities’ footprints, the measures could save them money beyond the payback period.

  1. Leeds, United Kingdom – In a low-carbon development plan, Leeds’s antiquated infrastructure would likely need an overhaul. Most buildings have bad insulation, and Leeds...

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