About Belo Horizonte
Land area (km2)
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Percentage of the city's territory which is urban
Population density (hab / km2)
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Main economic activity
Prefeitura de Belo Horizonte
Official name in English
Municipality of Belo Horizonte
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Mayor or senior elected representative
Marcio Lacerda (Mayor)
Municipal Commissioner or senior appointed representative
City vision and mission statement
To decrease CO2 emission by 20% by 2030.
Urban systems, infrastructures and services managed by the Local Government
Member of regional/national/global initiatives
Description of relevant existing development policies
Current sustainability strategy and/or action plan
Description of sustainability policies in the local community
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% with access to electricity
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% of municipal area served by separate waste collection for recycling
% living in informal settlements
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Public transportation network coverage of urban area
Community's final energy consumption by economic sector according to GPC
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Local government operations of final energy consumption by sector of activity according to IEAP
Community final energy consumption evolution through time
Further information on energy profile
For more information on the city's GHG emission reporting, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.
2030 Municipal Strategic Plan
To cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%, the Urban-LEDS Satellite City of Belo Horizonte has recently adopted policies and implemented measures that contribute to the reduction of its GHG emissions, water consumption and solid waste disposal.
“Sustainable BH" Building Certification Program
Both the public and private sectors are making efforts to obtain gold, silver or bronze green building certification through the improvement of the energy and environmental performance of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. To date, 47 buildings have already been certified including 24 local primary schools.
Completion of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory
Belo Horizonte developed a GHG inventory to account for both the Government GHG Emissions (2007) and Community GHG Emissions (2010) as part of the project, to better understand where and how emissions can be decreased. In particular, the City set a target to reduce Community emissions 20% by 2030 (2007).
WWF Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2014-2015 National Capital Winner
Belo Horizonte was selected as an EHCC National Capital for its focus on long-term sustainability and its use of public participation. As a product of the two, the City has a robust Climate Change Policy which focuses on transportation, renewable energy, sanitation and adaptation, along with a compact urban development plan.
2015 Sustainable Transport Award Winner
Belo Horizonte, together with Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, has been awarded the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award, which recognizes the efforts of Belo Horizonte in implementing the first projects of their comprehensive Mobility Plan. Since 2014, Belo Horizonte has a new, gold-standard bus rapid transit system, MOVE BRT began operating in two corridors covering 23 kilometers. The city also revitalized its downtown area, creating pedestrian-only streets and implementing 27 kilometers of their planned bikeway network.
For more information on the city's mitigation activities, visit their profile on the carbonn Climate Registry.
GCC tracking for Belo Horizonte
GreenClimateCities methodology - Legend
Lessons learned and replication
Belo Horizonte has encountered a number challenges in the implementation of these measures, such as the:
However, the City has learned some important lessons to ensure the success of its ambitious initiatives, including:
Urban-LEDS process / GreenClimateCities methodology implementation
Urban-LEDS MoU with ICLEI (name of document, date)
Memorando de Entendimento, April 23, 2013.