Cities and climate change
This Policy Perspectives explores how enabling policy frameworks at the national level can support critical urban action to combat climate change.
“On the eve of the UN Climate summit and as we approach COP21 in paris next year, it is urgent that we get onto a path towards zero net emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century so that we can meet the 2-degree goal. Solid partnerships between cities and national governments are an essential first step to tackling this challenge, given the key role cities play in both mitigating and adapting to climate change.”
Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.aaaa
Did you know?
- Global emissions of CO2 from the energy sector have grown by more than 1.5% per year since 1990. Explicit carbon pricing and supporting policies can help control this growth.
- Although 60% of the world's population lives in Asia, the continent has only 36% of the world's water resources.
- A global carbon market could help reduce "carbon leakage" where industries migrate to locations with no climate change mitigation policies.
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OECD work on environment
||What we do - Help countries to design environmental policies that are both economically efficient and effective at achieving their environmental objectives.
What we are - An extension to national governments’ analytical capacity, providing policy-relevant analysis and recommendations based on reliable environmental data, outlooks and cross-country experiences. A forum for governments and representatives from business and civil society for constructive dialogue on how best to develop and implement environmental policies across OECD and other countries.
Who we serve - OECD has 34 member countries and is in accession discussions with the Russian Federation, and enhances its engagement with Brazil, People’s Republic of China, India, Indonesia and South Africa.