How communities are using the Climate Emergency to make big new moves to decarbonize locally.
A snapshot of some of CNCA’s organizational accomplishments and developments across the 2020 calendar year.
CNCA’s strategy for mobilizing transformative climate action in cities over the next three years.
Embodied Carbon Policy Framework
Embodied Carbon—the emissions released from materials during the construction of buildings and infrastructure—will be responsible for half of the carbon footprint of new structures between now and 2050. It is a substantial source of carbon emissions in cities that can be dramatically reduced through the legal and regulatory powers of zoning and land use policies. Some leading cities around the world have already begun to adopt and apply these policies, but for climate goals to be met, global implementation needs to be accelerated.
This framework provides guidance for cities considering policies that can deliver the highest impact within their geopolitical contexts and regulatory systems. Over 50 existing policies from leading cities have been evaluated, categorized, and scored according to their potential, cost efficiency, ease of implementation, and enforceability.
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CNCA Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning
This Framework provides municipal leaders with a detailed synthesis of the processes, strategies, practices, tools, and institutional structures used by leading-edge cities worldwide to plan long-term, deep reductions in carbon emissions.