Public Private Partnership: Local Initiatives
- 16 May 2007
Climate change is a predominantly urban challenge. Over one-half of the world's population now lives in urban centres and these centres are growing at a rate of 75 million residents per year; the vast majority of this growth is happening in developing countries. Critically, cities account for three-quarters of the world's total energy use, either directly through the combustion of fossil fuels in power generation and transport, or indirectly through electricity use.
In response to this challenge, cities around the world are making strides in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from sectors they have direct control or influence over-typically power generation, transport, and buildings. This publication includes examples from these sectors and also looks at the synergies that can be achieved through dedicated climate change agencies and communication initiatives that target the wider community.
This publication focuses on initiatives that have been delivered through city and business partnerships. It clearly shows that there are significant opportunities available for cities and businesses working together to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, that these partnerships deliver results for the climate, and that they are financially rewarding for the city governments and businesses involved.
The scale and impact of climate change is global and must be addressed concurrently at the international, national, and local levels if the threat is to be stabilized. Partnership efforts between public and private entities at the city level are an invaluable contribution to the many efforts currently underway.