Report outlines how urban lifestyles drive emissions
June 14, 2019
A new report detailing consumption patterns of urban dwellers has shed new light on the impact they
have on global climate change and the emissions that drive it.
Released by the C40 City Network, the report shows that consumption-based emissions from the world’s largest 10 cities represent 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Alarmingly, the report also shows that without urgent action, those emissions will likely double by 2050. The report identifies an ‘incredible opportunity’ for cities and their citizens to contribute to significantly curtailing emissions rates.
The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°C World report cautions that urban consumption based emissions must be cut by at least 50% by 2030 in order to keep global temperature increases below 1.5°C.
The report shows that when combined with firm city efforts to reduce local emissions, cities could deliver 35% of the emission savings needed to put them on a path to 1.5°C.
“Stopping the climate crisis requires keeping global temperature rise to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Transforming the global economy to deliver on that goal will require action on a scale never seen before in peacetime,” said Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities.