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8 Model Cities continue their progress in becoming low emission communities

Release of the Urban-LEDS Cities in Action status update publication showing how local governments are promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economies.

Responding to population growth, climate change, limited global resources and the need for sustainable development, the Urban-LEDS project is a flagship international climate change mitigation project, funded by the European Commission and jointly implemented by ICLEI and UN-Habitat. It supports rapidly growing cities in four emerging economy countries in Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa. Using climate change mitigation as a “driver”, they are addressing energy security, access to affordable and sustainable energy, using local renewable energy resources, involving people, organizations and various levels of governments, and building skills – to work together to outline an urban low emission development strategy (urban LEDS). The vision of the program is to coordinate interests at the international, regional, national and local levels, prepare methods and guidance that supports developing LED Strategies (LEDS) and build capacity in-country.

The project covers thirty seven (37) cities from five regions – Southern Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and South-East Asia and this new publication focuses on giving an insight into the latest experiences of driving LEDS in the 8 Model Cities from Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa. To read about how these cities are exploring to engage a wide range of key stakeholders, optimizing relevant policy and creating necessary structures and processes, please have a look at the brochure here.

The Urban-LEDS project shows how cities in any country in the world – whether Global South or North - can approach the complex issue of embedding low emission development into all walks of life, into all sectors of the city. The local governments involved are also discovering how to connect green growth to low carbon development – Stay tuned for more progress reports and please consider following us on twitter (@Urban_LEDS) or message us directly at urban-leds(at)iclei.org for more information.