At the recent C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group meeting in Sao Paulo, it was revealed that the world’s 40 largest cities have taken some 4,700 actions to combat climate change.
Good, but not good enough. 2010 had the highest CO2 emissions in history, according to the International Energy Agency. Representatives of 90 percent of C40 cities said they face risk from climate change, and 79 percent believe climate change could significantly impact businesses in their cities.
Recognizing that more must be done, Jones Lang LaSalle recently became a lead sponsor of the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Cities program. CDP Cities hopes to do for the public sector what CDP has done for publicly traded companies: Provide a consistent platform for measuring and disclosing GHG emissions, water use and climate change strategies.
Greenbiz.com reports that cities “represent approximately 70 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide and buildings represent between 65 percent and 70 percent of their CO2 emissions.” So it’s not surprising that cities focus on building related actions, such as benchmarking energy performance, setting codes and standards, and providing incentives and mandates for owners to improve efficiency.
As a leading energy and sustainability advisor and services provider to major corporations, building owners and government entities around the world, Jones Lang LaSalle is in a unique position to advise CDP Cities on its questionnaire for cities to fill out. More important, we have the scope and expertise to help cities create and implement energy and sustainability programs that will help reduce environmental risks and foster economic growth in their area.
If cities fail to take action, climate change is an inevitable consequence. By partnering with CDP Cities and working with the world’s megacities, we believe we can help turn the tide of GHG emissions and make a positive difference in the world and encourage actions to improve performance.