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Decarbonization of Cities: You’re Dreaming!

  • Chris Ryan
  • Kes McCormick
  • Idil Gaziulusoy
  • Paul Twomey
  • Stephen McGrail
Publishing year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 12-15
Publication/Series: The Solutions Journal
Volume: 5
Issue: 6
Document type: Journal article

Abstract english

Societal and technological transformation in the face of climate change will be won or lost in our cities and urban communities. This is not just because of the global urban demographic shift with more than 50 percent of the population now living in urban conditions, or because cities contribute around 70 to 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, but it is as much to do with the growing economic and political importance of cities. Patterns of production and consumption are defined for—and increasingly shaped by—urban living. In spite of having no formal standing as actors within global processes to address climate change, cities have stepped up as powerful voices and a loci for action.


  • Political Science
  • urban sustainability
  • climate change
  • decarbonisation
  • Cities


Kes McCormick
E-mail: kes [dot] mccormick [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

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