Quezon City lights up sustainability. More green, less waste, better use of energy

65% of Quezon City’s electric consumption is for streetlights. The city government adopted a plan to increase energy efficiency, under a World Bank-sponsored programme. Growing 2,8-million Quezon City updated its Land Use Plan to balance urban development with the preservation of its green spaces. The night sky in Quezon City is dotted by blue, orange 

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New York gets ready for future Sandy-like storms

New York’s climate adaptation plan is one of the most scientifically accurate in the world. The city government has funded 250 projects for a total of $19,5 billion. New York State has a number of mitigation programs, including a cap-and-invest program to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% before 2050. In October 2012 hurricane Sandy hit 

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Imbalance in rain patterns and poor water management are the biggest challenges for Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is growing very fast, putting more and more pressure on water resources. Climate change will increase flood risks in the city, while droughts in neighboring regions will trigger higher migration rates. The Water & Sewerage Authority is trying to improve water and sanitation conditions, but Addis Ababa needs a comprehensive climate adaptation plan. 

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Bristol has plans for the future. And they don’t include carbon

Bristol is European Green Capital 2015, a title awarded by the European Commission. Between 2005 and 2009 Bristol’s carbon emissions have been reduced by 15%. The city council has developed a comprehensive climate change adaptation plan and invested in dozens of projects and actions. Between 2005 and 2009 Bristol’s carbon emissions have been reduced by 

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Recife counts on bikes and boats to reduce its carbon emissions

Recife has a unique tropical environment with six rivers and 66 canals, mangroves and coral reefs. Recife will be the first city in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil to measure greenhouse gas emissions in the city and to set incremental goals to reduce these pollutants by 2020. It’s one of the two Urban-LEDS 

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More renewables, less CO2, for hi-tech champion Seoul

In 2012 a 5-year plan was launched, with a budget of $1.7 million, to mitigate the effects of climate change. “One less Nuclear Power Plant” is Seoul’s plan to reduce energy consumption by 2 million TOE by the end of 2014 (the equivalent of an average nuclear power plant), while investing on renewable energy. To 

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Vulnerable Johannesburg lays the foundation for a climate-resilient future

Johannesburg is very vulnerable to floods, heat waves and migration from neighbor countries due to climate change. The city developed a comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP) to identify weaknesses and actions to be undertaken. A Bus Rapid Transit initiative will reduce CO2 emissions by 1.6 million ton before 2020. Johannesburg is the largest city 

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Bogotá is cleaning its air one bus at a time. And it works.

  Bogotà has one of the poorest air qualities of Latin America, largely ascribable to the transport sector. After launching a bus rapid transit system, the city has reportedly reduced its emissions by 350,000 tonnes each year. Adopting a Plan for Climate Change, Bogotà has chosen the path of sustainability and farsightedness. Change is silent 

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Award-winning Bonn sets out to become the cycling capital of its region

Bonn has so far reduced its CO2 emissions by 14% compared to 1990 levels. The city aims to reduce its CO2 emissions until 2020 by 40% and by 2050 by 90-95%, reaching 2.5 tonnes per capita in 2030. Building on a well-developed bike path network, Bonn wants to become the bike capital of its region 

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The critical importance of city-business collaboration for sustainable development

City leaders around the world are driving real action on climate change and sustainable development–but they can’t do it alone. By Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability, and Peter Bakker, President & CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Advanced technology and innovation are urgently needed to ensure sustainable urban development. Energy-efficient 

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