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Urban-LEDS activities 2014 in South Africa

South Africa releases its annual report on selected milestone activities of its project cities[more]


Greenhouse Gas Inventories for African Urban-LEDS Model Cities



Launch of First Global Standard to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cities

WRI, C40 and ICLEI Establish First Common Standard to Measure and Report City Emissions[more]


Guiding material for vertically-integrated NAMAs released in Lima

Vertically Integrated Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (V-NAMAs) – Policy Recommendations, case studies and tools for the integration of sub-national actors in national mitigation actions now available [more]


From Vision to Action Plan - Raising the global level of ambition through national and local action: ICLEI's official side-event at COP20

The event is officially part of the COP Presidency (Government of Peru) agenda, and has been labelled as "Lima Climate Action Highlight" by the Presidency.[more]


Lima Dialogues High Level Event on 8th Dec at Lima City Hall

This High Level event at the COP20 outset, featuring among others the highly anticipated launch of the Global Protocol of Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), is being supported by the Urban-LEDS project...[more]


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.[more]



Lima, Peru


Bogor City Council approves 2015 budget for sustainable transport

Urban-LEDS Model City Bogor, Indonesia, just announced a commitment of its city council allocating about 12 million USD (IDR 147.067 Milyar) to improve sustainable low emission transport in the city. [more]


Energy and Sustainable Urban Development in Africa

Ten municipal staff from four Urban-LEDS project municipalities in South Africa attended a five day accredited training course from 17 - 21 November 2014 on “Energy and Sustainable Urban Development”.[more]


National meeting on Climate Change in Brazil: Cities move forward on mitigating climate change

The National Meeting (Jornada Nacional) on Cities and Climate Change was the stage for the 5th meeting of the CB27 Forum and the gathering of the Brazilian Urban-LEDS cities, taking place from 12 to 14 November 2014 in Belo...[more]


Policy guide for vertically-integrated NAMAs to be released in Lima

A guidance document with policy recommendations, case studies and tools aimed at strengthening the involvement of sub-national governments in national mitigation strategies and actions will be released at the UNFCCC Conference of...[more]


Jornada Nacional: Cidades avançam no enfrentamento às mudanças climáticas

Entre 12 e 14 de Novembro foi realizada a Jornada Nacional Sobre Cidades e Mudanças Climáticas - 5º Encontro do CB27 e Cidades do Projeto Urban LEDS em uma parceria entre o CB27, o ICLEI - Governos Locais pela Sustentabilidade, a...[more]


Can't cut what you don't count: Launch of a powerful GHG protocol for cities

World Resources Institute, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group are pleased to announce the launch of a powerful GHG protocol for cities Global Protocol for Community-Scale...[more]


South African Urban-LEDS municipalities forge ahead to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

South African municipalities encouraged to report their climate change response actions through the carbonn Climate Registry[more]


“Preservation of the ozone layer”: a roadshow with Kwadukuza schools

KwaDukuza Municipality celebrates Preservation of the Ozone layer day with Ashville Primary school

KwaDukuza Municipality, in collaboration with Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, visited schools that participated in the KwaDukuza Environmental Day Music Competition originally held on the 5...[more]


Unlocking the full potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy: District Energy in Cities Initiative launched at UN Climate Summit

The "District Energy in Cities Initiative" was launched at last week’s Climate Summit, convened by UN Secretary¬ General Ban Ki-moon in New York. The global initiative has been initiated by the United Nations Environment...[more]


Upcoming Webinar “Highlights of the UN Climate Summit for vertically integrated climate action”

As part of the webinar discussion series “Involving sub-national and city governments in national climate change mitigation strategies” this webinar will be addressing the UN Climate Summit which took place in New York, in...[more]


"Better Growth, Better Climate" report released

The “Better Growth, Better Climate” report released by The New Climate Economy (NCE) provides new evidence showing that sustained economic growth is not possible without climate action and that strong economic performance and...[more]


May we introduce? Training the Trainer course on introducing The Hotbox/Wonderbag

KwaDukuza Municipality, in collaboration with ICLEI Africa through the Urban-LEDS project, recently conducted a training session with KwaDukuza Environmental Ward Forum members to build their skills, knowledge and capacity so...[more]


Panaji takes a critical look at planning for low emission development

On 11-18th of July, 2014, an ISOCARP expert visited Panaji, India, to help the City Corporation revise its strategic planning documents and integrate low emission development principles in the spatial planning framework. Panaji...[more]


Low-Emission Action Plan takes shape in KwaDukuza Municipality!

KwaDukuza Municipality worked collaboratively with ICLEI Africa staff and local stakeholders to identify new and existing projects, policies and actions to help it transition to its low-emission 2030 vision.[more]


ICLEI focuses on Urban Health

Urban health and improved air quality go hand in hand. ICLEI is a partner in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and is actively engaging in the working group to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants. [more]


Linking to South African National Business Initiative

Engaging with the business sector is crucial when conceptualizing a Low Emission Development approach. This is actively being explored in one of the South African Model Cities, namely KwaDukuza.[more]


Zero bins for zero waste: A ward in Indian Urban-LEDS Satellite City Coimbatore becomes bin-free

Ward no. 23 of R.S. Puram in Coimbatore, India, has now become a bin-free ward, serving as a role model for other wards in Coimbatore, a city that is also part of the Urban-LEDS project aiming at enhancing the transition to low...[more]


IPCC experts discuss guidelines for subnational emission inventories

During the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expert meeting “Application of 2006 IPCC Guidelines to Other Areas” convened 1-3 July 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria, official discussions on how to apply the 2006 IPCC...[more]


Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions (GPC) to enter public reviewing phase

While the league of climate change experts convened at this year’s Bonn Climate Change Conference preparing the next Climate Conference of the Parties (COP) in Lima, Peru this year and Paris, France next year, the GPC Advisory...[more]


KwaDukuza’s future comes to life on World Environment Day!

A series of events was jointly held by ICLEI and Urban-LEDS model municipality, KwaDukuza, to build on the messages of World Environment Day and bring to life the scenario-planning work that ICLEI, the municipality and interested...[more]


Climate Change and its Impact on Cities: IPCC message in a nutshell

Cities account for 37–49% of global greenhouse gas emissions and urban infrastructure accounts for over 70% of global energy use. This is just one of the facts found in the “Climate Change: Implications for Cities - Key Findings...[more]


Exploring urban planning in the context of climate change

At Resilient Cities 2014 Congress held in Bonn in May 2014, an Urban-LEDS project workshop was organized by ICLEI on integrated climate action from a spatial planning perspective. The large turnout revealed a great deal of...[more]


People of Steve Tshwete reinforce their vision for a low emission future

From 25-26 May 2014 in an engaging and productive workshop, a range of stakeholders came together to create a vision and next steps towards the preferred future scenario for the region.[more]


Sustainable infrastructure projects pitched to potential funders

The Urban-LEDS city of Belo Horizonte (Brazil) presented a project called “New Belo Horizonte” to prospective funders at the 4th edition of Global Infrastructure Basel, a summit on sustainable infrastructure financing, held at...[more]


4th Webinar on 28 May: Reporting & Monitoring GHG emissions for local & sub-national governments

As part of the V-NAMA webinar discussion series “Involving sub-national and city governments in national climate change mitigation strategies” the next webinar on V-NAMAs, hosted by GIZ and ICLEI, focuses on "Towards Measurable,...


4th Webinar on 28 May: Reporting & Monitoring GHG emissions for local & sub-national governments

As part of the V-NAMA webinar discussion series “Involving sub-national and city governments in national climate change mitigation strategies” the next webinar on V-NAMAs, hosted by GIZ and ICLEI, focuses on "Towards Measurable,...[more]


3rd V-NAMA webinar focusing on waste management in Jambi City, Indonesia

The V-NAMA webinar discussion series “Involving sub-national and city governments in national climate change mitigation strategies” hosted their 3rd webinar on 24 April, focusing on progress and prospects of the NAMA development...[more]


Almada integrates Low Emissions Urban Development into Master Plan

At the request of the Municipality of Almada, Portugal, the Local Energy Agency - AGENEAL - developed a group of maps to characterize the "Energy Aptitude to Land Use" to be included in the revision of the city's Master Plan. [more]


Loads of knowledge-sharing during Urban-LEDS' European Study Tour

13 Urban-LEDS cities took part in the Urban-LEDS European Study Tour lasting from 4 to 11 April 2014. The host cities Almada, Copenhagen and Hannover paved the way for peer-learning and exchange to their fellow city colleagues...[more]


Urban-LEDS Project announces agreement of cooperation with the initiatives of the Inter-American Development Bank: URBELAC and ESCI

On 10 April 2014, at the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF) an agreement of cooperation was announced between the project “Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries” (Urban LEDS) and the...[more]


UN-Habitat World Urban Forum 7

Medellin, Colombia


Urban-LEDS project Study Tour “Low- Carbon Solutions in Europe” 4 - 11 April 2014 Almada, Portugal - Copenhagen, Denmark - Hannover, Germany

The long awaited European Study Tour on Urban Low Emissions Development in Europe will take place from 4 April 2014 to 11 April 2014. It will showcase highly relevant examples of waste to energy solutions, green buildings and...


Workshop on the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC)

11 April 2014 (Friday), 14:45-16:45, Agora Room, World Urban Forum 7, Medellín, Columbia[more]


Urban-LEDS side Event: "Low Emissions Urban Development in Focus: sharing experiences"

10 April 2014, 17:15 -18:15 City Changer room (A), World Urban Forum (WUF), Medellin, Columbia Experiences will among others address benefits of action, as well as ways of overcoming challenges. This event is also the launch...[more]


Networking Event "Don’t Waste the Waste: the economic opportunity to harness your waste flows and heat losses, and integrate renewables through district energy”

9 April 2014, 14:00 – 18:00, UN Pavilion, World Urban Forum (WUF), Medellin, Columbia This networking event is jointly organized by UNEP, UN-Habitat, and ICLEI, addressing the paradigm and accelerating the deployment of district...


Urban LEDS parallel event: '1st Workshop for Peer Learning between Project Urban-LEDS, URBELAC and ESCI'

7 April 2014, 09:00 - 13:30 Plaza Mayor, World Urban Forum (WUF), Medellin, Columbia


Shimla wins Best City Award for Public Services

Best City Award (BCA) recognizes the Best Cities to live in India. [more]


Green growth best practices - first ever global assessment

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative released a summary report in March 2014, as a synthesis of key findings from the review of green growth approaches taken in different countries and regions around the world. Highly...[more]


Yes, they do (and they win!) - Cities from the Global South tackle climate change mitigation

As the first city from the Global South, from an emerging economy, Cape Town in South Africa has emerged as the international winner of the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) - the new Global Earth Hour Capital 2014. Among the EHCC...[more]


Coimbatore - the 2014 crown bearer of Indian National Earth Hour Capital!

At a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, on 27 March 2015, WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) awarded Coimbatore, which is also one of the Indian Urban-LEDS Satellite Cities, as the National Earth Hour Capital for India; Cape...[more]

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