Climate action has taken on a new urgency, and people across the world and across sectors are ready to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” This was especially clear at the Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco, September 12–14, where climate leaders and people worldwide gathered to celebrate extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.
Throughout this impactful event, we aimed to shine a spotlight on the contributions of city leaders and announced new initiatives and tools to support cities’ efforts to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change, fulfilling their commitments and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
In partnership with C40 Cities and the NewClimate Institute, we released a new research, “Climate Opportunity: More Jobs; Better Health; Liveable Cities,” showing that ambitious urban climate policies can not only reduce carbon emissions globally but also effectively deliver enormous economic and public health benefits for cities. The report estimates that by 2030, a boost in urban climate action can prevent approximately 1.3 million premature deaths per year, net generate 13.7 million jobs in cities, and save 40 billion hours of commuters’ time plus billions of dollars in reduced household expenses each year.
Along with the report, the Opportunity 2030 dashboard was launched on our website to allow cities to interactively compare scenarios and explore the impacts of energy efficiency retrofit in residential buildings, enhanced bus networks and services, and district-scale renewable energy in major global regions.