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Urban-LEDS under the spotlight in ICLEI Case Study series

Over the last four years, the Urban-LEDS project has provided case studies, included in the ICLEI Case Study series illustrating successful approaches, innovative models and transferable good practices in the field of urban low emission development. They  highlight the role of local government as key driver and implementer of urban sustainable development with a focus on the low-carbon transition. Below an overview is provided of the most recent Urban-LEDS case studies.


Decentralized waste water treatment system for open streams

In Rajkot, 40 percent of the city remains disconnected to existing sewage infrastructure. In such cases, untreated sewage is discharged into neighborhood streams, which flow into the Aji River, posing ecological harm to the surrounding communities and biodiversity. Under the Urban-LEDS project, in 2015 the City took measures to address Rajkot’s wastewater challenges, beginning with the installment of a Decentralized wastewater Treatment System (DTS) in the Jilla Garden neighborhood. Today, among other benefits, the system treats sewage from 236 households saving 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and reduces GHG emissions by 15 tCO2e per year.

Certification standards for fighting climate change: the “Sustainable BH” Seal (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Belo Horizonte’s Municipal Action Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction (APGHGER) has established a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 20 percent by 2030. One of the most successful aspects of the APGHGER has been a City-wide Certification Program in Environmental Sustainability, which encourages companies to implement environmentally conscious technologies and practices. This case study is available in English and in Portuguese.


Doornkop Community Solar Solutions (Steve Tshwete, South Africa)

This showcase project focuses on a community center that had no access to grid electricity. Through the installation of renewable energy options the center now functions more effectively and the whole community benefits. A community with 7000 households, the center plays a key role in community life and may be used by everyone – now solar powered!


Moving towards an integrated model for efficient water management in Lima (Lima, Peru)*

To address the vulnerability of its water supply to the present and future effects of pollution and climate change, Lima Metropolitan Area is strengthening its water governance through the creation of the interregional Water Resource Council for the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín river basins. The Council will form a single, participatory water management authority to investigate, implement, and finance integrated solutions for the three watersheds.


A new approach to solid waste management in Medellín: matching problems with solutions (Medellin, Colombia)*

Over the last ten years, the City of Medellín has achieved numerous improvements in standards for solid waste management. A major contributor to this success has been the implementation of educational programs, regulatory actions, and tools for integrated solid waste management. These initiatives, undertaken by the city’s Secretariat of Environment, have been noteworthy for their emphasis on enhancing the social inclusion of waste collectors.


Curitiba Ecoelétrico: moving towards intelligent electric urban mobility (Curitiba, Brazil)

Curitiba has been an international reference point for progressive urban planning and its bus rapid transit (BRT) system since the 1970s. Now, almost 50 years later, confronted with climate change and a burgeoning urban mobility crisis, Curitiba is seeking to reaffirm its international reputation. The Curitiba Ecoelétrico project seeks to integrate alternatives to fossil fuels and technological advancements into Curitiba’s urban mobility strategy.


Enhancing ‘Liveability’ through Urban Low Emission Development(Rajkot, India)

The Rajkot Municipal Corporation is using forward-thinking low-carbon strategies to guide its growth and development. Under the Urban-LEDS project supported by the European Commission, Rajkot is mainstreaming ‘green climate considerations’ into its planning and policies, using ICLEI’s GreenClimateCities methodology framework to develop and implement a Low Emissions Development Strategy for the city. Explore how the GreenClimateCities process works in Rajkot!


Embedded energy generation experience in a South African metropolitan municipality (Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa)

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is a leader in small-scale embedded energy generation in South Africa. From the outset, the Municipality has opted to focus on the contribution that small-scale renewable energy generation can make towards achieving key constitutional mandates such as economic growth and development, sustainable service delivery, and ensuring a safe and healthy environment.


More Urban-LEDS case studies will soon be released on Balikpapan, Bogor and Sorocaba.

To read all the Urban-LEDS case studies, please visit the project’s resource library.

*Case studies from non-Urban-LEDS project cities were selected as relevant and inspiring examples for the project and to illustrate Solutions and Solutions Packages on the Solutions Gateway (www.solutions-gateway.org)