Thomas Day, Sofia Gonzales-Zuñiga, Leonardo Nascimento, Niklas Höhne, Hanna Fekete, Sebastian Sterl, Frederic Hans, Antoine Warembourg, Anda Anica Pieter van Breevoort
NewClimate Institute, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM)
The study estimates that by 2030, a boost in urban climate action can prevent approximately 1.3 million premature deaths per year, net generate 13.7 million jobs in cities, and save 40 billion hours of commuters’ time plus billions of dollars in reduced household expenses each year.
Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Climate Opportunity examines a number of effective urban solutions to climate change, including energy efficiency retrofits in buildings, enhanced bus networks, and district-scale renewable energy, and shows that these climate actions are strong drivers of positive public health and economic outcomes across countries and regions.
Top findings show that:
Launching at the same time is an online dashboard hosted on the Global Covenant of Mayors’ websitethat allows cities to tangibly use data from this report to plan how specific climate actions – such as
improving bus service, retrofitting buildings, or implementing renewable energy for heating and cooling – can improve emissions, create jobs, and increase savings customized to a city of their size.